Book Review: Newman’s Own Cookbook

There are a lot of things I love about Paul Newman but two stand out. First is his acting ability. I added this picture from early in his career for those of you too young to remember him. Just look at him and tell me he can’t act.

Second thing I love abour Paul Newman is his Newman’s Own Caesar Salad Dressing. If you are a Caesar Salad lover like me, you should give it a try.

Of coourse, there are lots of other varieties of salad dressing with Paul Newman’s name on them as well as barbeque sauce, spaghetti sauce and so forth.

In this 1998 cookbook, Newman’s Own Cookbook, Newman and his friend, A.E. Hotchner, tell how they bottled Paul’s special recipe for salad dressing as Christmas gifts. They did it for many years until finally they decided, innocently, to just sell it. The story of how they pulled off a major food launch with no-business knowledge is a fun read.

In addition to their story, the book is filled with recipes from Newman’s family and friends. It looks like he swapped recipes with lots of well-known people. There is everything from soup to stews to main dishes to pastas, vegetables, fish dishes, vegetarian dishes, breads, snacks and desserts.

I borrowed this book from the library and have been wildly copying down so many recipes I want to try – everything from his own way of making Caesar Salad, with homemade croutons, to this interesting chicken dish. My husband and I really like chicken legs and thighs and this recipe sounds just different enough to be interesting. I especially like the use of so many cloves, lots of pepper and the yogurt. What do you think?

Ismail Merchant’s Yogurt Chicken


  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 dried whole red chilis
  • 12 cloves
  • 5 1/2 pounds of chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • 1-inch piece of gingerroot, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet or saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the onions, chilis and cloves. Cook, stirring frequently until the onions brown.
  2. Add the chicken and gingerroot, and stir constantly until the meat is seared on all sides.
  3. Mix the yogurt with 1 cup of water. Add to the pan with the salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a medium low heat, stirring occasionally for 1 hour.

Serves 10 to 12. If you try this recipe, come back and let me know what you think.

I borrowed Newman’s Own Cookbook from the library, so it could be at yours as well. It’s also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

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14 Responses to Book Review: Newman’s Own Cookbook

  1. Mystica says:

    It sounds a bit like butter chicken.

  2. Beth F says:

    OMG, with the ginger and chiles, this sounds fabulous. I’ve always been curious about Newman’s cookbook and now I’ll add it to my wish list.

  3. This sounds worth getting, if for no other reason, just to look at that picture of Paul Newman’s eyes all the time!

  4. Patti Smith says:

    I buy nothing but Paul Newman salad dressings…it’s so nice to find a product on the grocery store shelves that I feel good about buying for my family…all natural, no secret chemicals, and proceeds donated to charity. I think I’ve looked at this cookbook before, but now I’m adding it to my Amazon wishlist 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  5. I enjoyed the picture very much and yes, he can act! I love that the money made from his food products all went to charity. The yogurt chicken sounds yummy!!

  6. mark says:

    Paul Newman was also a class act. Movie stars just don’t have that quality anymore. And what a babe.

  7. Rural View says:

    I can’t begin to tell you all the things I loved about Paul Newman, and I actually met him once when I lived not far from his home in Connecticut.

  8. I really felt sad when Paul Newman died and I am glad that his line of foods continues. I guess it is his daughter who runs it now? I use a lot of Newmn’s Own products; the Balsamic Vinegar dressing is always in our frig — even the little tiny roadtrek one. Can’t live w/o it! I will try to locate this cookbook! The chicken recipe DOES sound good — when we get back to our “mansion” in Oregon (LOL — at least that RV has an oven!)…..

  9. Mary says:

    The recipe sounds good but I could just stop and look at the photo of PN all day.

  10. Staci says:

    I’ve been in love with Paul Newman for a long time!!!! This sounds like a great book to read and the recipes are an added bonus!!!

  11. Belle says:

    This looks like a great cookbook – I love Newman’s Own Dressing, and use it on lots of things. I like the amount of garlic in this recipe. We’re a really garlicky family 🙂 and my husband’s standard practice this day is to automatically double or triple the amount of garlic called for … but I don’t think he’d do that for this recipe! It sounds delicious.

  12. Arielle says:

    The yogurt chicken recipe sounds delicious – I make it a bit different but I love garlic and should give this a try!

  13. Bumbles says:

    You know what I love about Newman? His face. That gorgeous, rascally face with blue eyes that head straight for your soul. Mmmmm. Oh – and I could watch him whip up all the recipes he wanted for me in the kitchen all day long ;0)

    I saw a post today about a short story collection and wondered if it would be something you’d enjoy so here’s the link:

  14. stacybuckeye says:

    Love Paul Newman! And I love the natural products he sells. He was a total classa act. And not too shabby looking either 😉

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