Celebrating the vibrant local food culture of Connecticut's culinary capital
--with more than 50 recipes from over 30 top restaurants New Haven is arguably the restaurant capital of Connecticut, with food lovers regularly making the trek to taste the latest and greatest the city has to offer. From the legendary pizzerias of Wooster Street to the hip Ibiza, New Haven's restaurants, some of which are nationally renowned, reflect the best of the city--international yet down to earth, sophisticated yet unpretentious. "New Haven Chef's Table "is the first cookbook to gather the depth and breadth of New Haven's food offerings in one place, with the net proceeds to benefit The Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation (cmhcfoundation.org). Profiling more than thirty-five of the city's top chefs, who each offer two favorite recipes reworked for the home cook, the book is also a celebration of the growing sustainable food movement, with a focus on food connections with local growers, farmers, and organizations.
The recipes range from Plum Frost (116 Crown), Guiness Stew (The Playwright), and Chorizo with Sweet and Sour Figs (Barcelona) to Cranberry Curry Scone (Cafe Romeo), "Doro Wat" (Ethiopian Chicken in Red Pepper Paste; Lalibela), and "Capesante Grigliate "(Grilled Scallops; L'Orcio). The contributors include: Barcelona, Basta Trattoria, Bespoke, Carmen Anthony Steakhouse, Caseus, Claire's Corner Copia, Consiglio's, Ibiza, Pepe's Pizza, Scoozzi, Soul de Cuba, Temple Grill, Thali, Union League Cafe, Zinc, and more. The book also features profiles of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, CitySeed Farmers' Markets, and Common Ground High School.
"The celebration of New Haven restaurants you find in these pages will make you as hungry as they have made me."-from the Foreword by Faith Middleton, The Food Schmooze, WNPR (90.5 FM), WNPR.org