Ad Hoc at Home Recipes
November 13, 2009 11:33 AM   Subscribe

A collection of links to recipes from Thomas Keller's latest cookbook Ad Hoc at Home, including crispy braised chicken thighs with lemon and fennel, blowtorch prime rib, leek bread pudding, brownies, and the famous buttermilk fried chicken.
posted by AceRock (17 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

I have to revise the menu for dinner tomorrow, now. Again.

posted by peachfuzz at 11:51 AM on November 13, 2009

Ooh. I think I'll be baking brownies tonight.
posted by niles at 12:40 PM on November 13, 2009

Very nice to know that in "this economy" you can still make a Thomas Keller-approved main course of crispy braised chicken thighs for less than $4 per person.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:57 PM on November 13, 2009

Is there an ebook available of this? I really really want a copy, but Keller's cookbooks tend to be coffee table books (huge stiff hardbound things), which is about as kitchen-unfriendly as it can be. I can't seem to find one yet, though.
posted by middleclasstool at 1:20 PM on November 13, 2009

The brownie link seems to go to blog post that reproduces a copyrighted recipe. I don't have Ad Hoc at Home (yet) so I cannot confirm.
posted by muddgirl at 1:43 PM on November 13, 2009

mmmmm. my folks did a tour of 5-star restaurants in Napa for Mum's 60th two weeks back and all the menus they brought home did leave me a bit jealous, glad to see I'll be able to give some of these a shot at home.
posted by jrb223 at 1:45 PM on November 13, 2009

OK yeah, quite a few of the links in the "collection of links" link go to recipes that seem to be reproduced without permission. Unless posting a whole recipe from a book is considered "fair use"?
posted by muddgirl at 1:50 PM on November 13, 2009

Copyright guidelines for recipes.
posted by mkb at 1:54 PM on November 13, 2009 [1 favorite]

To my mind, there is nothing ad hoc about cooking with a blowtorch.
posted by feloniousmonk at 3:46 PM on November 13, 2009

I have the book. It is excellent and useful.

It is indeed a "huge stiff hardbound thing," but that doesn't bother me much. I suppose it's not ideal, but I'll take a hardbound book full of delectable, accessible recipes any day. There's also a lot of prep and basic tips toward the back.

My favorite recent cookbook is Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food. I like books that tend toward the "simple, excellent" rather than fancy and complicated. Keller's Ad Hoc cookbook is in this vein.

I think it'd make a decent Yankee Swap gift, too.
posted by cribcage at 4:32 PM on November 13, 2009

I loved eating at Ad Hoc, even if it feels like a consolation prize for not getting into French Laundry.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:54 PM on November 13, 2009

oh my christ in heaven I am seething with avarice and lust. I want this book.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:01 PM on November 13, 2009

I ate at both Ad Hoc and the French Laundry on a trip to Napa last summer, and I enjoyed Ad Hoc more. Its menu that night was porterhouse steak with fingerling potatoes, crab salad, and hot fudge sundaes.
posted by cribcage at 8:40 PM on November 13, 2009 [1 favorite]

I made the leek bread pudding yesterday. It was pretty easy to make (especially when you compare it to some of the French Laundry recipes). It was also incredibly bad for you, yet delicious.
posted by Comrade_robot at 5:23 PM on November 15, 2009

And I had the cookbook's chicken pot pie recipe for dinner tonight. It took about 2.5 hours from start to finish (including cooking time) and was delicious. There was nothing outlandish about the ingredients, all things you have in your fridge or cupboard; and although we took a few minor shortcuts, we stuck pretty close to the recipe and it was simple. It should heat up well as leftovers, too.
posted by cribcage at 9:53 PM on November 15, 2009

Copyright guidelines for recipes.

So yes, the "substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions" of a recipe is under copyright and some of these recipes are suspect, unless permission was given by the author.
posted by muddgirl at 7:31 AM on November 16, 2009

I just ordered this book online after looking at it in a local bookstore. Thank you Metafilter for helping me get my cook on.
posted by KathyK at 12:23 PM on November 16, 2009

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