Restaurant Recipes Made Simple
Do you ever eat at a restaurant and have such a memorable evening and unforgettable dish that you instantly wish you could have the recipe and re-create the moment over and over again? I sure do, and although I tremendously enjoy reverse engineering my favorite restaurants’ recipes, Steven W. Siler takes the guesswork and experimentation out of the game with his Signature Tastes cookbook series. With more than 30 books in the series featuring major cities like Charleston, Las Vegas, Manhattan, Seattle and most recently Atlanta, Steven captures recipes from the iconic restaurants that define the culinary scene and tastes of each metropolis.
Atlanta’s Hidden Treasures
Signature Tastes of Atlanta: Favorite Recipes of our Local Restaurants features more than 60 classic recipes from many of my favorite local spots like Antica Posta, Aria, Atlanta Fish Market, Canoe, Pricci, and Rathbun’s, as well as, recipes from Anne Quatrano fame, Bacchanalia and Floataway Cafe. In addition to recipes from these iconic restaurants, you will find time-honored classics like Mary Mac’s famous Fried Chicken and Dantanna’s Zinfandel Short Ribs. The cookbook also captures fun facts and trivia about the city which we so lovingly refer to as Hotlanta.
Classic Bread Pudding
Being from New Orleans, I couldn’t wait to make Petit Auberge’s Bread Pudding, one of two delicious bread pudding recipes included in the book. The bread pudding was creamy, decadent and sinful swimming in the drizzled sweet Whiskey sauce , raisins and all, but I think I’ll stick with my reduced fat raisin-less Butterscotch Bread Pudding for a lighter weeknight splurge!
Dreamy Cheese Grits
Flying Biscuit’s White Cheddar Grits made with half and half were both “creamy” and “dreamy” as promised. I grew up eating Polenta, or corn grits, instead of the traditional Southern staple and still prefer the Italian-style version. But I tossed some grilled shrimp and smoky bacon in with the grits and my husband, Steve, was in heaven.
The Cookbook that Gives Back
The Signature Tastes cookbook series best-selling author is an Atlanta-born and raised firefighter-cum-chef who serves in both the South and Pacific Northwest. Proceeds from each of his cookbooks are donated to a variety of charitable causes like Meals on Wheels and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. For the recipes featured above and more, order your own copy of the Signature Tastes cookbook from Amazon.
The Fine Print
I was provided with a complimentary copy of Steven W. Siler’s cookbook Signature Tastes of Atlanta: Favorite Recipes of our Local Restaurants to review as a member of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. I was, however, not compensated for this post and all opinions and recipes are entirely my own.