Joe Knows Fish by Joe Gurrera

When I first moved to New York, I would wander the streets after work looking for adventure. I loved visiting groceries such as Fairway and Citarella. Those shops were like a magical wonderland filled with spices and ingredients this midwest Alice had not yet laid eyes upon. Citarella Fine Foods is the seafood spot in Manhattan and at it’s helm is Joe Gurrera, who, of course, knows fish. After years of hearing that people were afraid to cook fish, Joe decided to remedy that situation. The result is a beautiful book entitled Joe Knows Fish: Taking the Intimidation Out of Cooking Seafood.


Joe begins with with the basics such as timing, seasoning, where to start your seafood adventure. Chapters are organized by method – Grill, Bake & Roast, Broil, Saute, Poach & Steam, Fry, Toss with Pasta, Chill & Eat Raw, Savory Sides and Classic Seafood Sauces. The author ends with a chapter on how to prep fish & seafood as well as his seafood kitchen essentials. An abundance of photographs fill the pages with approachable recipes that can be tackled by anyone even those who question if Chicken of the Sea tuna is chicken or fish.

My son and I love seafood but I seldom make it for family meals as my husband has a fish phobia. He blames this fear on his mother who allegedly left a freshly caught fish sans any wrapping in the freezer. Jim states that staring into the lifeless eye of that fish icicle for months killed any desire he may have had to try seafood. So while I love seafood, I don’t often cook it at home save those rare occasions when my husband is out of town. This book is the perfect title to seek out on those opportunities to properly and expertly prepare seafood. 

Our   takes  you inside the pages of this title that features   for the following dishes: 


Special thanks to the publisher for supplying us with the materials for our preview above as well as providing three copies of Joe Knows Fish in our giveaway below. Joe’s schedule of classes and appearances is shared on our calendar for those in the NY area. 


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • MiMi60  on  August 22, 2018

    Sautéed Nantucket Bay scallops

  • Tanner14  on  August 22, 2018

    This book sounds wonderful. Love to try them all but the calms and monkfish bordetto sound devine

  • lgroom  on  August 22, 2018

    Joe's cerviche

  • stepspior  on  August 22, 2018

    Grilled organic salmon fillets

  • kmn4  on  August 23, 2018

    Baked cod

  • sarahawker  on  August 23, 2018

    Sautéed skate

  • Siegal  on  August 23, 2018

    Ceviche is my fav!

  • LSanders  on  August 24, 2018

    Baked cod

  • DJCross  on  August 24, 2018

    DJCross Ceviche

  • ravensfan  on  August 24, 2018

    Seared tuna steaks

  • t.t  on  August 24, 2018

    Crispy whole Mediterranean branzino

  • cheftina888  on  August 24, 2018

    definitely the ceviche and the panfried soft shell crabs

  • debbiehb  on  August 25, 2018

    Broiled Florida red snapper

  • Dannausc  on  August 26, 2018

    Sautéed soft shell crabs

  • matag  on  August 26, 2018

    Joe’s Ceviche

  • jmay42066  on  August 28, 2018

    Sautéed soft shell crabs

  • WideAngleMind  on  August 30, 2018

    Tender East Coast Calamari

  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018


  • matag  on  August 30, 2018

    Joe's ceviche

  • Shelley.b  on  September 1, 2018

    Baked cod

  • fbrunetti  on  September 4, 2018

    Local bluefish on the grill

  • Sfgordon  on  September 5, 2018

    Whole steamed lobster – sounds complicated!

  • Brancica  on  September 6, 2018

    I love okra so would have to make that dish

  • LaurenE  on  September 6, 2018

    Joe's ceviche

  • RSW  on  September 8, 2018

    Sicilian-style clams

  • JJWong  on  September 8, 2018

    Mmmm…spaghetti vongole!

  • choppergirl  on  September 8, 2018

    Flame-cooked Norwegian salmon steaks

  • EmilyR  on  September 11, 2018

    Tuna crudo

  • auntietina  on  September 15, 2018

    Hot-off-the-grill Portuguese sardines

  • jlh39  on  September 16, 2018

    Steamed flounder with Italian seasoning; poached salmon; especially interested in techniques of cooking fish that don't overwhelm with odors in our small apartment!

  • PeavineBlues  on  September 16, 2018

    Portuguese sardines

  • sequoia55  on  September 17, 2018

    Tender East Coast Calamari

  • davisesq212  on  September 19, 2018


  • banba1  on  September 24, 2018

    Broiled fluke with herbes de Provence

  • MamaEnki  on  September 25, 2018

    joe's Ceviche

  • eatysmith  on  September 27, 2018

    Baked cod!

  • WCchopper  on  September 30, 2018

    I'm always up to try a ceviche recipe

  • orchidlady01  on  October 4, 2018

    Broiled Florida red snapper

  • Brancica  on  October 14, 2018

    I love spaghetti with clams (vongole) and would try that first

  • Teruska  on  October 14, 2018

    Tough to choose but I think the tuna crudo. Or the stuffed calamari.

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