To Foodies With “Zing!” Dallas’ Chef Gorji Announces Debut Cookbook
Zing! By Gorji Cookbook Sizzles with Surprising Flavors and Savory Secrets of “New Mediterranean” Cuisine
Zing! By Gorji—New Mediterranean Cuisine: Bold, Balanced, Simple & Savory shows readers how to use ingredients such as pomegranate and sumac to infuse dishes with freshness and flavor.
“The food I cook pays homage to French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines, says Chef Gorji . “Taking the best elements and interchanging the techniques and ingredients, I call these cross-border partnerships “New Mediterranean.”
Tips, Techniques And Surprising Flavor Combinations
Some of his simple secrets are:
• using quality ingredients,
• minimal spices
• harmonious ratios
• abbreviated cooking times
“I seldom use batters, coatings or rubs because I want the main ingredient to be recognizable and naturally flavorful. “In most instances, I grill, roast or sauté meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables by brushing them only with olive oil, salt and pepper first.
Gorji also provides his personal list of favorite ingredients that comprise his essential building blocks of flavor—such as pure olive oil and limes—that he cooks with.
His “New Mediterranean” culinary stylings, featured at his intimate Dallas restaurant, have been garnering critical acclaim for over a decade, he even earned the coveted “Texas Steak Cook-Off Champion“ award for his take on steak that incorporates pomegranates. In a recent interview, Edible Dallas & Fort Worth Magazine highlighted his Quail Breast, honey and barberries recipe. Dallas EATER featured a photo layout of the cookbook describing a sampling of recipes.
Nancy Nichols, of D Magazine says “What a splendid insight into the culinary creations of one of Dallas’ most talented chefs!” And one dedicated diner gave the book high marks, saying it is “…sharp, classy, informative, intelligent, colorful and delicious!“
Zing! By Gorji—New Mediterranean Cuisine: Bold, Balanced, Simple & Savory
Published by TasteWonders, 172 pages, Dec. 2013 $34.95 ISBN 978-0-9884897-0-7 Visit: www.ZingByGorjiCookbook.com
Zing! By Gorji available at DFW Whole Foods Market®, Jimmy’s Food Store, Chocolate Secrets, Canary By Gorji, Artizone.com, Amazon.com and ZingByGorjiCookbook.com
Gorji has been chef-owner of Canary By Gorji, an intimate 8-table restaurant in Dallas, TX for 15 years. He is back-to-back champion of the famed Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico, TX 2004/2005 and has published a debut cookbook, Zing! By Gorji featuring his signature “New Mediterranean” cuisine that has won 5 awards. Gorji Gourmet Foods®, his product line for home cooks, includes Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil/ Marinade and three award-winning pasta sauces: Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro. They have won a total of 21 awards. They can be purchased at DFW area Whole Foods, Amazon.com, Gorji Gourmet.com and at Canary By Gorji.