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Jeff Smedstad: The Elote Café Notebook
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James Beard Award semi-finalist Jeff Smedstad, chef and owner of Sedona's beloved Elote Café, offers small-bite samples and shares his new cookbook of southwestern flavors.

From the pages of Jeff Smedstad's personal kitchen notebooks comes his second book, The Elote Café Notebook. Translated into a cookbook from the chef's constant stream of quickly penciled ideas for new dishes, riffs on old favorites, subtle refinement and major revelations, tools, methods, memories, and musings, The Elote Café Notebook captures the most recent moment in the life of a brilliant, ever-evolving chef and restaurateur.

The Elote Café has in Sedona has become a desert port of call for food lovers from near and far. For those who wish to explore Smedstad's food in their own kitchens, the Elote Café Notebook features 200 recipes including endlessly unique and multipurpose Elote components (sauces, cremas, condiments, salsas, dressings, spice mixes, drink mixes, and syrups) to expand your possibilities.

From welcome-to-Elote popcorn and margaritas, to small plates, blessings from the garden and soup pot, suppers and bliss-out desserts, it's all here, as well as tips for stocking your Elote pantry, making Oaxacan cheese, Elote stock, cajeta, tortillas, and bolillos, using a pit-barrel smoker, and turning an octopus into a tostada and an avocado into an addictive crunchy snack. The Elote Café Notebook is an essential cookbook for anyone who loves Southwestern cuisine.

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Owner of Elote Cafe in Sedona, Arizona, Chef JEFF SMEDSTAD specializes in the bold, flavorful cuisine of southern and deep interior Mexico. After learning to cook aboard a Coast Guard cutter, Smedstad attended the Seasons of My Heart Cooking School in Oaxaca and then spent the past two decades traveling the back roads of Mexico, shopping the local markets, eating in restaurants across the country and sharing time with families in Mexico to help broaden his knowledge and gain inspiration and insight. Jeff proudly incorporates sustainable, local, healthy and organic products into his restaurant to showcase his passion for food as well as responsible cooking.
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ISBN: 9781513620251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: P. Chan & Edward, Inc. - November 30th, 0002

The Elote Café Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692003909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Elote Café - November 30th, 0002

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