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Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook

July 30, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 


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As anyone knows who has spent time in Napa Valley, Mustard’s Grill is an institution in the wine country-the friendly restaurant where locals first started going for a full plate of fabulous food and a glass of Napa’s finest. Chef-owner Cindy Pawlcyn, founding chef of San Francisco’s original Fog City Diner, put down her roots in Napa over 15 years ago when she brought her midwestern sensibility and flair for reinventing American food to the valley. Ever since then,… More >>

Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook

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5 Responses to “Mustards Grill Napa Valley Cookbook”

  1. santacruztacean on July 30th, 2010 7:21 am

    I would recommend this cookbook to those with some experience – this is not a recipe guide, but rather an inspiration source from a chef with well-grounded tastes. The recipes are easy to follow, are not difficult or overly time consuming in preparation, and show culinary flair and wisdom without being trendy for trend’s sake. I would describe the dishes as simple food for gourmets. The book’s design and photographs are tasteful.

    With this praise in mind, I am disappointed in the book’s production – unforgivable oversights such as: three prominent photographs throughout the book of what appears to be plates of crispy fried onion rings… but no mention or recipe. Or the recipe for a Salmon Roulade accompanied by eight very clear how-to photos – the photos show skinless salmon, butterflied and pounded, but the recipe calls for fillets with skin on, and no mention of pounding. An edit for future releases would be welcome. My opinion is this would be a logical cookbook for those who appreciate Jaques P├ępin’s series of books aimed at the aspiring novice, as well as for more experienced cooks who would like some inspiration for higher-end simple food.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Lawrence Searl on July 30th, 2010 8:48 am

    This book is the example of what a cookbook should be. Beautifully written and photographed it deserves to be on display in your home. And if that is not enough the recipies will knock your socks off. This is why Cindy Pawlcyn is one of this countrys greatest chefs. Mustards grill is the bringing together of seasonality, diversity and the best of what California has to offer. I spent some time at Mustards eating and I can tell you this book stays true to the restaurant. Congratulations Chef on a great writing effort.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Jacquenette Castellow on July 30th, 2010 9:40 am

    When you visit the Napa wine region you must eat at Mustard’s Grill. If that is not possible then you should buy Cindy Pawlcyn and Brigid Callinan’s cookbook. The recipes for fantastic grilled food, unique side dishes, and incredible desserts found in this book will make you plan your next vacation to northern California. If you like pork you will love her Mongolian pork chops with chinese mustard sauce. Serve it with her mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage for a winning meal reminiscent of the friendly restaurant nestled among Napa’s vineyards. Buy this cookbook and you will immediately understand why it won a James Beard award. And I hear that another cookbook is in the works …
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Tonya Lee on July 30th, 2010 10:17 am

    I was given this cookbook for Christmas and was a little intimidated by it. It looks more like a coffee table cookbook at first glance — something fun to look at and read but too challenging to actually use. However, I have fallen in love with this cookbook!! The Jack Daniel’s Pecan Chocolate Cake with chocolate sauce is divine AND easy (and for those who don’t eat wheat or gluten, totally flourless). The House-Made Ketchup is extremely good and makes a great bbq sauce (recipe also included). Even though the recipes are not hard, this is no canned-mushroom-soup cookbook. If you’re the king (or queen) of fresh and don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen now and then, you might just love it. Kudos to Mustard’s for sharing their best.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Anonymous on July 30th, 2010 11:30 am

    I received this on Christmas Eve, spent all day 25th on the sofa w/ it, cooked the pork chop last night, and purchased two today!!
    One for my sister-in-law, one for our! chef!!
    We love the restaurant, & the book is true to the Mustard’s experience!!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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