In April alone, he went to Italy to study sous-vide, starred in the Celebrity Apprentice and gave us a recipe for potato-crusted halibut. What you may not know is that he and wife Brooke Parkhurst’s book, Just Married & Cooking, will make its debut next week. While Chef James can usually be found teaching in one of ICE’s professional Culinary Arts kitchens or cooking pork in a recreational class, Brooke is also an ICE Instructor who leads classes in ICE’s Center for Food Media. In addition to all this, they teach couples cooking classes together. As a newly married couple with a strong background in food, they created e a compendium of delicious recipes for any occasion — from weeknight meals to special moments.
Just Married & Cooking is jammed packed with over 200 recipes for couples to prepare affordable, seasonal meals at home together — a venerable guide to life together in the kitchen. They say, “We think it’s simple enough not to intimidate beginners yet inspiring enough to entice first-timers into the kitchen.” Ted Allen, the host of Food Network’s Chopped (which Chef James won twice!) praised the book as “an instant classic that every young couple should put on their gift registry.
Yes, it’s a great collection of recipes, as easy as they are delicious and interesting. But, more than that, it’s an owner’s manual for the heart of the household, as inspiring to (ahem) older couples as it is essential to newlyweds.” For an example of some of their great ideas, check out these Derby Day recipes. If you are in the New York City area, you can catch them at Williams Sonoma at Columbus Circle on May 11, or catch one of two “Cook the Book” classes they will be doing at ICE on May 14 or May 15. The book will be available in stores on May 10, but you can preorder online in the ICE bookstore.