New York Knicks captain Amar'e Stoudemire may be on fire when he's on the court, but the nearly seven-foot-tall hoops star didn't know the first thing about lighting a fire. When his personal chef, the talented and dynamic Maxcel Hardy, started giving him informal cooking lessons, the six-time NBA All-Star began learning how to hone his culinary skills. COOKING WITH AMAR'E, the book that grew out of these informal sessions, features more than 100 recipes, some created by Hardy for his many celebrity clients and others based on the traditional Southern dishes Stoudemire and Chef Hardy grew up with. The recipes blend French, Southern, Asian, and Caribbean, and are made with readily accessible ingredients. More than just a collection of recipes, this is a comprehensive and straightforward guide that will guide both amateur and advanced home chefs through cooking techniques, equipment, shopping, party planning, and preparing simple, delicious meals. Stoudemire and Hardy became good friends over the course of their cooking lessons, and COOKING WITH AMAR'E is full of personal anecdotes, from humorous stories of working together as Amar'e learned to cook to reminiscences of childhoods spent in the South. This comprehensive guide lets beginners and more advanced cooks hone their kitchen skills and master dish after noteworthy dish at their own pace. This unique, collaborative cookbook will delight Stoudemire's legions of sports fans as well as anyone interested in learning the basics of good cooking. While beginners will want to keep this book close at hand for reassurance and insight as they navigate the kitchen, experienced cooks will benefit from the more advanced cooking techniques and skills, presented in an easy-to-follow and engaging format by Hardy, one of the foremost young chefs of his generation.