In Braise, superstar chef Daniel Boulud, with renowned food writer Melissa Clark, presents the definitive cookbook on the time-honored, sublimely flavorful cooking technique, bringing one-pot meals to a whole new level. Braising uses a "moist heat" method, where food and a small amount of liquid are placed in a closed container and cooked over a long period of time. A successful braise mingles the flavors of the food and the liquid, and results in rich, aromatic flavors.
With inspiring recipes for all kinds of braises-from meat to fish to vegetables-from destinations around the globe, including Thailand, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Lebanon, France, Russia, and China, Boulud brings the world of braising home with welcome simplicity and intense flavor. Whether he's whipping up the familiar (Pot Roast) for a family dinner or preparing the exotic (Cardamom-Spiced Coconut Lamb) for entertaining, Boulud's expert guidance and easy-to-follow recipes written in Clark's clear and inviting style offer dishes full of variety and unparalleled flavor, sure to delight even the most discriminating palates.
Daniel Boulud was raised near Lyon, France. In 1993 he opened his much-heralded restaurant Daniel, which was awarded four stars by the New York Times and praised as one of the best in the world. He has since opened DB Bistro Moderne and Cafe Boulud in New York, a Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach, and Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas. Boulud has received countless culinary honors, including Chef of the Year awards from Bon Appetit and the James Beard Foundation, which also named him the country's Outstanding Restaurateur in 2006. He lives in New York City. Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. After brief forays working as a cook in a restaurant kitchen and as a caterer out of her fifth-floor walk-up, Clark decided upon a more sedentary path. She earned an MFA in writing from Columbia University, and began a freelance food-writing career. Clark is currently a food columnist for the New York Times, and has written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Martha Stewart, among others. She has written more than thirty-two cookbooks, including In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite and Cook This Now. Clark was born and raised in Brooklyn, where she now lives with her husband, Daniel Gercke, and their daughter, Dahlia.