Live, Love, Eat!
The Best of Wolfgang Puck
by Wolfgang Puck
these days of zero-carb and zone diets, with Hollywood
infected by the "incredible shrinking actress
syndrome" and the rest of the country struggling
to keep the scale from tipping, it is refreshing to
hear a statement as simple as "Live, Love, Eat."
It is the title of Wolfgang Puck's most recent
book and his motto ever since he started cooking professionally
at a tender age.
three simple words sum up my belief that a well-rounded,
happy life full of achievement is one that you live
with passion, whether you're pursuing romance or raising
a family or cooking food and sharing it with friends,"
he writes. It's as simple as that and you find the
same simplicity and enthusiasm in all of the 125 favorite
recipes shared in the book. You are invited to use
your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and fingers and recreate
his perfect California-style, thin crust pizzas topped
with spicy chicken or caviar; his Chinois chicken
salad; appetizers like tapenade, bruschetta and crab
cakes; his mother's vegetable soup that gets a special
twist with Pistou, a puree of tomatoes, basil, garlic
and olive oil; warm chocolate cupcakes with soft
molten centers; Salzburger Nockerln; and the Classic
Spago Cheesecake. The book is clean, simple and easy-to-follow,
and the only thing we could wish for is a calorie
chart. But, then again, that would defeat the purpose
of the motto, wouldn't it?
(Updated: 12/18/08 SB)