Thanks for those mouth-watering photos you always post on CH. I finally checked out the Zuni Cafe cookbook from my library and tested the famous Zuni chicken and bread salad recipe....it was too deliciooooous :)
I took your suggestions and followed the recipe strictly (except I didn't have the dried currants and sub-ed with dried cranberries). It was awesome! Skin was so crispy and meat was sooooooo juicy and infused with the rosemary sprig I stuffed under the skin 2 days before I cooked the chicken.
You're right on, the cookbook is difficult to follow when you're trying to cook and read through the lines but I like her style in giving exact measurements, time, temperature and specific instructions. I find too many cookbooks written by star chefs lacking in that aspect. Often the image provided in the cookbook shows ingredients/garnishes that could not be found anywhere in the recipes!
Also, I have to thank you for posting the photos of your delectable creations! They really often inspire me to actually checkout the cookbooks or test those recipes. I find it a lot more encouraging when Chowhounders, not star chefs with fancy restaurant equipment, tested a recipe with success. I also like to see photos to have an idea what the final product looks like and most cookbooks lack those too!!!
Thank you thank you CarbLover! Zuni should really add you to their commission list :) Your posts also determine what is on my dinner table, so keep up the good work LOL :)
Now I gotta go to Zuni to test out their version of the chicken!