Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cookbook Review: Bobby Flay's Bar American Cookbook by Bobby Flay, Sally Jackson, Stephanie Banyas

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307461386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307461384

Product Description


When Bobby Flay looks at a map of the United States, he doesn’t see states—he sees ingredients: wild Alaskan king salmon, tiny Maine blueberries, fiery southwestern chiles. The Food Network celebrity and renowned chef-restaurateur created his Bar Americain restaurants as our country’s answer to French bistros—to celebrate America’s regional flavors and dishes, interpreted as only Bobby Flay can.

Now you can rediscover American cuisine at home with the recipes in Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. Start with a Kentucky 95—a riff on a classic French cocktail but made with bourbon—and Barbecued Oysters with Black Pepper–Tarragon Butter. Choose from sumptuous soups and salads, including a creamy clam chowder built on a sweet potato base, and Kentucky ham and ripe figs over a bed of arugula dressed with molasses-mustard dressing. Entrees will fill your family family-style, from red snapper with a crisp skin of plantains accompanied by avocado, mango, and black beans to a host of beef steaks, spice-rubbed and accompanied by side dishes such as Brooklyn hash browns and cauliflower and goat cheese gratin. Bar Americain’s famed brunch dishes and irresistible desserts round out this collection of America’s favorite flavors.

Bobby also shares his tips for stocking your pantry with key ingredients for everyday cooking, as well as expert advice on essential kitchen equipment and indispensable techniques. With more than 110 recipes and 110 full-color photographs, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook shares Bobby’s passion for fantastic American food and will change the way any cook looks at our country’s bounty.

About the Author


Bobby Flay is the chef-owner of six fine dining restaurants, including Mesa Grill, Bar Americain, and Bobby Flay Steak, and an expanding roster of Bobby’s Burger Palaces. He is the host of numerous popular cooking shows on Food Network, from the Emmy-winning Boy Meets Grill and Grill It! with Bobby Flay, to the Iron Chef America series, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, and The Next Food Network Star. Brunch with Bobby debuted on the Cooking Channel in fall 2010. A New York Times bestselling author, he is also a contributing editor to Parade magazine. This is his eleventh book. His website is

Stephanie Banyas has been Bobby Flay’s business assistant since 1996. She is the coauthor of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown!; Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries & Shakes; Bobby Flay’s Grill It!; Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook; and Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life. She lives in New York City with her beloved cat, Emily Rose.

Sally Jackson began working with Bobby Flay in 2001. A member of the theater company Eastcheap Rep, she is a New York City–based food writer and actress.

My Review

Another gorgeously illustrated cookbook!  This one if from Food Network's Bobby Flay.  It is also a very well laid out cookbook. I'm loving the Lobster Club sandwich with Green Onion Dressing.  A Cedar Planked interesting.  And Cedar Planked Salmon with a Pinot Noir Reduction..mmmmmmm.  And I just love the section on sides....Brooklyn Hash Browns, Fries Americain and home made Creamed Corn.  Black Pepper Buttermilk Biscuits...that's an interesting twist.  We have massive amounts of wild blackberries here in British Columbia so the Blackberry Souffle recipe looks like a winner.

There is also a section at the end with Kitchen Essentials including The American Pantry, Equipment Essentials and Cooking Techniques.

Excellent, innovative cookbook that is beautifully illustrated.

You can find some of the recipes included in this book here:
Bobby Flay's Website

1 comment:

  1. This cookbook is a stunning, sophisticated, elegant and absolutely enticing collection of recipes you are going to want to try. This is Bobby's 10th cookbook and his years of cooking and writing just keep getting better. He continues to entertain, educate and inspire people of all ages, not only to cook, but try new things in general. I liked this one so much, I ordered a second copy as a gift and will be buying more copies as Christmas gifts. Thanks again Bobby, you never disappoint!