Rotary Vacuum Evaporator.

My Cooking Wishlist

Today I have decided to write up a quick list of things I would like to add to my kitchen collection. My “cooking wishlist” so to speak. Most of these things are fairly straight forward but some are used for some more advanced techniques.

Now the real question is what to start with. Recently I started following a company on twitter that makes Pizza Steels. Well they now have a new really cool product that is a stove top griddle. So it is a steel plate that that sits on top of your burner basically giving you a flat top griddle like the ones used in a lot of restaurants. The reason I want one of these is because there are so many uses, especially when cooking meat sous vide.  Not only that but you can do bacon, eggs, hash browns and all kinds of other stuff.

Next on my list is the iSi Thermo Whipping Siphon. These are the canisters that you put some kind of a liquid or batter in and charge it with a little co2 tank. These are really great for things like making foams or microwave cakes. The downside to them is that because they are kind of a specialized product they happen to be really expensive.

iSi Whipping Siphon

iSi Whipping Siphon

One of the other things that I have found myself without that would really nice to have is a good Vita-Mix. Most of you know the reasons that this would be a really thing to have around the kitchen, anything from a nice sauce to a perfectly blended soup.

Vita-Mix 750

Vita-Mix

I never run out of my list of cookbooks that I would love to add. I always keep a running list of books going on my amazon account. One of the ones at the top of my list is the big brother to one I already have. It is the Modernist Cuisine. I have the “At Home” version but I really would like to get the more advance and complete set. This set of books is super intense and for the home cook the “At Home” version would probably be the better choice.

Modernist Cuisine Set

Modernist Cuisine Set

Now for the super fun toys that have a higher price tag but would be a blast to have. There are several of these on my list made by one of my favorite companies. That’s right you guessed it, Polyscience. They make a couple of different things that I would love to get my hands on and play around with. One is the Anti-Griddle. It is a cooking tool that has a plate similar to a griddle but instead of getting hot to cook things it does the opposite, it gets super cold. And by super cold I am talking -30 F. This allows you to do some cool stuff such as frozen vinaigrette’s that melt on your plate or desserts with a cold center. All kinds of crazy cool stuff.

Anti Griddle

Anti Griddle

The other tool that I would love to get from is a Rotary Evaporator. This is a tool that can evaporate, distill, separate and purify liquids which will allow you to easily concentrate, capture and infuse flavors. Lots of different things you can do with this such as flavors for foods and drinks.

Rotary Vacuum Evaporator.

Rotary Vacuum Evaporator.

Well these are just a few of the many things I would like to add to my collection but there are always new things I am adding to it and can always use like spoons and spatulas and other random things

I would love to know what things are on your wish list. Leave a quick list in the comment section!

Our Finished Squash Seed Risotto.

Sur La Table Cooking Class

If you have read my bio you know that I teach classes as a chef instructor at my local Sur La Table. Last night I had the privilege of actually taking a cooking class. There was 2 main reasons for wanting to take the class I did. One is that it was featuring recipes by a chef that I have really grown to admire, Sean Brock. The recipes that we cooked were all featured in his new cookbook “Heritage”. The second reason I wanted to take this class is because for this class we were going to actually going to be working with grains from Anson Mills! I was so excited to actually get to work with some of the product from them. I have been wanting to place an order with them for the products they sell for a long time!

The Heritage Cookbook by Sean Brock

The Heritage Cookbook by Sean Brock

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Cookbook in its Cover

My New Cookbook

I recently received a cookbook that I have always wanted. About a year ago I ordered a book called “Historic Heston” by Heston Blumenthal. I thought it was a really cool book and I didn’t think there was a more intense book out there. I was wrong, enter “The Big Fat Duck Cookbook”. Oh man, This book is super intense. First off it weighs about 20 pounds. It is a really thick cover and back. It has a sleeve made out of the same material as the cover. It by itself is a really impressive book.

Fact Duck Cookbook Outside Cover

Fat Duck Cookbook Outside Cover

This book is really cool. It opens up with a huge section on History. It is going to be a great section to read and a lot of fun full of learning. Continue reading

A Cooks View

Gluten-Free

Gluten Free Flour Power. How powerful is it?

So as you know, from my post last week, I received the new cookbook from the people behind the Ideas in Food blog. It is called Gluten-Free Flour Power, and it is amazing. This book has blown my mind. As I have mentioned in the past my Mom is gluten intolerant, and she has found some good recipes for baking and it has not been to hard adjusting regular dishes. Especially when you find great products like Little Soya. But this book has opened a whole new realm of cooking and baking. The best part of this book is that they use 1 simple recipe for a flour mix. There is nothing fancy and expensive about what they are doing.

A Cooks View

Gluten-Free Flour Power

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My Newest Cookbook

Well today is a very happy day for me. I just received my copy of Modernist Cuisine!! I am so excited, and cannot wait to dive into it and get to cooking.

Moderninst Cuisine At Home

Moderninst Cuisine At Home

If you follow me on twitter you know how excited I have been since I knew that I was getting Modernist Cuisine At Home. Well it finally came to me yesterday, and all I can say is MIND BLOWN! Not only do they have some mind blowing concepts and recipes but the photography is simply beautiful.

A shot of whats in the book

A shot of whats in the book

I love the fact that they show equipment cut in half so you can see the internal workings of it but then there is little tips on how to do things like make a square burger patty.

A shot of whats in the book

A shot of whats in the book

The crazy thing is that when you mention “Modernist Cuisine” people instantly think that it is some complex and unobtainable method of cooking. I will admit that if you look at the recipes and see all the measurements in grams that it is a little intimidating. But when you really look at them, they are so simple. It is just a different way of cooking, and making sure you have the right equipment at home in your kitchen.

The best part is that not only do you get a beautiful book but it also comes with a great kitchen companion guide. So instead of having to take a huge book that you would devastated if it got dirty, you get a great spiral bound book that you can take with you to cook with.

The Companion Cookbook

The Companion Cookbook

It has all of the stuff covered in the book but instead of a lot of the fluff of pictures you just get simple recipes and ingredients. This book, from what I have looked through, has opened up my mind to a whole new thought process when cooking. I am super excited to dive further into it and glean more from it. Another really cool thing to see in this book is the use of MSG. I know that there is a lot of talk about how bad it is but in my eyes MSG stands for “makes stuff good”! I have realized that there are a few more pieces of kitchen equipment that I need to get such as a pressure cooker, iSi whipping siphon and a few more odds and ends.

If you are a foodie and love cookbooks and cooking I think this is a must have to add to your collection of books. You can order it here. Next on my list is Alinea!