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Spice up your home-cooked meals with secrets from a New York pro

Chef Alfred Portale, known for his elaborate creations at New York City’s Gotham Bar and Grill, is now turning to simpler dishes that any cook can re-create in their home kitchen. He’s collected these recipes in a new cookbook, “Alfred Portale Simple Pleasures: Home Cooking from the Gotham Bar and Grill's Acclaimed Chef." Portale was invited to appear on “Today” to show just how easy som

Chef Alfred Portale, known for his elaborate creations at New York City’s Gotham Bar and Grill, is now turning to simpler dishes that any cook can re-create in their home kitchen. He’s collected these recipes in a new cookbook, “Alfred Portale Simple Pleasures: Home Cooking from the Gotham Bar and Grill's Acclaimed Chef." Portale was invited to appear on “Today” to show just how easy some of the recipes are. Here’s a sampling:

Recipes excerpted from "Alfred Portale Simple Pleasures: Home Cooking From the Gotham Bar and Grill's Acclaimed Chef." Copyright 2004 by Alfred Portale and Andrew Friedman. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Morrow Cookbooks, a divison of Harper Collins Publishers. To learn more about the book, you can visit www.harpercollins.com