Between conceptualizing wardrobe lines and judging “Project Runway,” Zac Posen has a lot on his image — and now he’s focused on what’s on yours.
In his entrance cookbook “Cooking With Zac” ($35), out Oct. 10, the local New Yorker showcases favorite family recipes and tongue-tickling dishes and flavors he’s detected while roving the globe.
“I’m not a chef,” Posen tells the Daily News. “But I’m ardent about food — the tradition of it, cooking it and pity it.”
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Posen’s 1.4 million Instagram supporters at @zacposen know that already, interjection to photos of sartorial and culinary creations — bejeweled party frocks alongside fruity French toast, a prohibited pinkish robe nearby some tasty matzoh round soup.
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Everything looks mouthwatering. And Posen, who’s 36, says formulating a conform line and a cookbook share similarities.
“It’s like meditative about a collection that includes both stylish and easy daywear,” he says, “as good as pretentious and perplexing round gowns.” The same meditative infuses the cookbook in which recipes go from “rustic to refined,” as remarkable in the project’s subhead.
Fittingly for an determined engineer (Posen’s career ups and downs are prisoner in the documentary “House of Z,” expelled last month) who’s dressed actresses for the Oscars, Met Gala and beyond, the book has its satisfactory share of starry dishing.
“Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham gets name-checked in a recipe for a churned berry galette — a spicy he served to her at a brunch in which a forsaken cake image meant last-minute improvising. “Some of the best kitchen discoveries come about by sum kitchen disasters,” Posen writes.
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He also recalls making a dish for Heidi Klum — his “Project Runway” co-worker — that he prepared to offer at 8 p.m. He didn’t know Klum had plans and couldn’t arrive until 10:30 p.m. Lesson: Go with it. Hey, fry duck is tasty at room temperature.
And there’s a shout-out for Katie Holmes, who, Posen tells The News, “has sampled utterly a lot of what’s in the book.”
That includes his brownish-red butter chocolate chip cookies (recipe follows), a provide that, like a little black dress, sweetens any occasion.
“Katie,” he continues, “has a good palate.”
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Over two decades, Posen, who grew up in SoHo, grown and polished his tastes. He’s found comfort in cooking given he was a kid, generally in the Discovery Channel series “Great Chefs,” where pros churned up signature dishes.
“As a preteen, it was my chronicle of Candy Crush (Saga),” he says.
Martha Stewart was also a food mentor. He credits her with moving people to welcome the art of cooking at home. “She total her own universe,” Posen says. “She’s so seductive.”
“My father is another food troubadour — my father who believed that the family who ate together stayed together,” Posen says. Dad, an artist who loves barbecue, gets a shawl tip for the smoked grill ribs recipe.
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Except for a category here and there (including a pasta category he took with Holmes given by superchef Mario Batali), Posen is a educated cook. He’s schooled by hearing and blunder on his own and with family and friends.
Like singer Uma Thurman. “We’ve had smashing times cooking,” Posen says. “She’s good at entertaining. We just go into her fridge and go for it.”
That doesn’t always spell success. “I’ve had bread that didn’t rise, mousse that didn’t set,” he says. “I’ve tried substituting one part for another that totally didn’t work.”
No matter. As with fashion, Posen takes food hits and misses in stride. His two pivotal tips are to use and to use high-quality ingredients.
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“At the finish of the day, you can’t contest with Mother Nature,” says Posen. “If you’ve got a good tomato, just a splash of sea salt is all you need.”
He pauses, then adds, “Don’t eff with a tomato.”
BROWNED BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Makes 2 dozen cookies
Browned butter adds an additional step, yes, “but with so many cookies in the world, it’s the excellent touches that count — like a ideal handmade buttonhole on a fit that creates yours mount out from the crowd,” says Posen.
1 crater (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon excellent sea salt
1 crater easily packaged light brownish-red sugar
1/2 crater granulated sugar
2 vast eggs
1/2 vanilla bean, separate lengthwise (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla remove (increase to 2 teaspoons if not using the vanilla bean)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Flaky salt, such as fleur de sel (optional)
1. Add the butter to a center saucepan (it’s best to use one with a light-colored interior) and warp it slowly, swirling the butter often, over center heat. Reduce the feverishness to medium-low and continue to let the butter cook, swirling spasmodic to forestall the divert solids from burning, until the butter smells eccentric and turns reddish-brown colored, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn off the feverishness and send the browned butter to a heat-safe play or glass measuring crater and cold until plain and cold (it needs 1 to 2 hours to re-solidify).
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed piece vessel with vellum paper. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and sea salt together in a center play and set aside. Add the butter to a vast play or the play of a mount mixer propitious with the paddle attachment. Add the brownish-red sugar and granulated sugar and use a wooden ladle to cream until the reduction is tawny and airy. If using a mount mixer, kick the reduction on center speed until it is light and airy, about 90 seconds.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating good after any further and using a rubber spatula to scratch the bottom and sides of the play as needed. If using a vanilla bean, use the tip of a paring knife to scratch divided the vanilla seeds (drop the bean into a enclosure of sugar to make vanilla sugar) and supplement them to the play along with the vanilla extract, blending to combine.
4. Add the flour reduction and brew until no dry streaks sojourn (if using a mount mixer, supplement the flour on low speed and then boost the speed to medium-low until good combined), scraping the bottom and sides of the play as needed. Add a heaping 1 crater of the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
5. Use your hands to order the mix into balls the distance of golf balls. Place 12 balls on the prepared piece vessel and press some of the remaining chocolate chips on top (this will squash the round slightly). Sprinkle a little flaky salt (if using) over any cookie (at this point, the cookies can be held in the fridge for up to 3 days — they will have an even richer season and chewy hardness from aging in the fridge). Bake until the cookies are golden brownish-red around the edges, about 12 mins (they will still feel a bit soothing in the core but will continue to prepare as they cold on the piece pan). Cool for 5 minutes, then send the cookies to a handle shelve to cold completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. They are tasty served warm.
FLATBREAD OF SWEET EXCESS
Sweet, rich, and savory, this super frail flatbread is smashing cut into tiny squares and served as an hors d’oeuvre or even after cooking with a cheese march (substitute a drizzle of sugar for the red-pepper flakes). Instead of basil, you can also try it draped with prosciutto after baking and finished with a chiffonade of arugula leaves.
½ crater red or Marsala wine
3 tablespoons sugar (if using Marsala, use only 2 tablespoons)
6 pitted, dusty prunes, quartered
Flour, for rolling
1 round (8 ounces) store-bought or homemade pizza dough
Cornmeal, for transferring the pizza to the oven
3 ounces chèvre (fresh goat’s divert cheese)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon red peppers flakes
Flaky sea salt
2 tablespoons truffle butter
8 center basil leaves, stacked, rolled lengthwise, and sliced diagonal into skinny ribbons
1. Place a pizza mill on the center oven shelve and preheat the oven to 475°F. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use a rimmed baking sheet.)
2. Bring the booze and sugar to a prepare in a tiny saucepan over center heat, stirring occasionally. Add the prunes and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until only 2 to 3 tablespoons of glass remains, about 10 minutes. Turn off the feverishness and set aside for 15 minutes.
3. Lightly flour your work surface and place the pizza mix on top. Lightly flour the top of the dough, then hurl it into a skinny circle, about 1/8 in. thick, giving the mix a entertain spin every stroke or two to keep it from adhering and adding some-more flour underneath the mix whenever it starts to stick.
4. Heavily shower a pizza flay with cornmeal and send the mix to the peel. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, a vast piece of vellum paper works, too; set it on a rimless piece vessel — or an inverted rimmed piece vessel — shower it with cornmeal, and then place the mix on top and slip the piece of vellum right onto the pizza stone.) Dollop the mix with the goat cheese. Sprinkle with the emptied prunes and then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with the red peppers flakes and salt to taste, then bake until the membrane is frail and browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
5. Remove the pizza from the oven and fast separate little pieces of the truffle butter all over the surface. Sprinkle with the basil, slice, and serve.
Reprinted from Cooking with Zac by Zac Posen with Raquel Pelzel. Copyright © 2017 by Zac Posen. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.
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