creamy consistency of mashed potatoes on the inside. The Italian food of the Jersey shore is near and dear to Chef Behr's heart, and when he's homesick he cooks those iconic dishes, from meat loaf to short ribs, although his versions reflect his experiences in California, New York, and Rome--they're lighter than the classic version but nonetheless deliver all their robust satisfaction.
Pork chops are in And no one knows more about them than Ray Lampe. They are lean, easy to cook, and the perfect protein choice for everyday meals. These 60 mouthwatering recipes celebrate this beloved cut in all its glory, capturing the splendor and range of chops with all their porky goodness in new and inspiring dishes, from Balsamic and Vanilla-Glazed Pork Chops to Spicy Pork Chop Lettuce Wraps. With as many recipe choices as there are cooking styles--batter and fry, marinate and grill, simmer and braise--this cookbook is a vital addition to any kitchen where meat's what's for dinner.
Charcuterie exploded onto the scene in 2005 and encouraged an army of home cooks and professional chefs to start curing their own foods. This love song to animal fat and salt has blossomed into a bona fide culinary movement, throughout America and beyond, of curing meats and making sausage, pâtés, and confits. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated will remain the ultimate and authoritative guide to that movement, spreading the revival of this ancient culinary craft.
Early in his career, food writer Michael Ruhlman had his first taste of duck confit. The experience "became a fascination that transformed into a quest" to understand the larger world of food preservation, called charcuterie, once a critical factor in human survival. He wondered why its methods and preparations, which used to keep communities alive and allowed for long-distance exploration, had been almost forgotten. Along the way he met Brian Polcyn, who had been surrounded with traditional and modern charcuterie since childhood. "My Polish grandma made kielbasa every Christmas and Easter," he told Ruhlman. At the time, Polcyn was teaching butchery at Schoolcraft College outside Detroit.
Ruhlman and Polcyn teamed up to share their passion for cured meats with a wider audience. The rest is culinary history. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated is organized into chapters on key practices: salt-cured meats like pancetta, dry-cured meats like salami and chorizo, forcemeats including pâtés and terrines, and smoked meats and fish. Readers will find all the classic recipes: duck confit, sausages, prosciutto, bacon, pâté de campagne, and knackwurst, among others. Ruhlman and Polcyn also expand on traditional mainstays, offering recipes for hot- and cold-smoked salmon; shrimp, lobster, and leek sausage; and grilled vegetable terrine. All these techniques make for a stunning addition to a contemporary menu.
Thoroughly instructive and fully illustrated, this updated edition includes seventy-five detailed line drawings that guide the reader through all the techniques. With new recipes and revised sections to reflect the best equipment available today, Charcuterie: Revised and Updated remains the undisputed authority on charcuterie.
Meat is the centerpiece of celebratory meals and everyday dinners. The quality of the meat--be it beef, lamb, chicken, pork, or even wild game like venison and rabbit--and the way it is prepared has never been so thoroughly important as in today's world. Fifth- generation butcher Anthony Puharich believes that sustainably raised meat can and should remain the pinnacle of the kitchen: a special and wonderful treat, handled with care by the best farmers and butchers and eaten with respect. In The Ultimate Companion to Meat, he reveals how to make enjoying meat a sublime experience, with more than 100 recipes.
Chapters include Birds, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, and Wild. There is information about breeds, their history, and what they eat and how it affects the taste, as well as what happens on the farm, at the butcher, and finally, in the kitchen. There's a chapter on technique, including cooking methods and basic butchery. Hundreds of illustrations, diagrams, and stunning photographs make this truly the ultimate guide for anyone who is serious about meat.
There's no replicating the fall-apart goodness and smokey flavor and aroma of perfectly smoked meat, you need a smoker, and you need 25 Essentials: Techniques for Smoking.So you've just purchased a new smoker or grill. It's time to expand your repertoire backyard cookout skills and learn how to use it like a seasoned vet. Just imagine the perfectly tender briskets, pork shoulders for pulled pork, the myriad of ribs you'll be cooking up. Grab some wood chips and a copy of 25 Essentials: Techniques for Smoking, because it's time to get cooking. This guide book to harnessing the power of your smoker gets into the nitty-gritty techniques every good grillmaster needs to know, like the best way to slow smoke ribs, basting and smoking meat to peak excellence, smoking whole vegetables, and the finer points of mopping and brining your fare. So what are you waiting for? Get smoking and get eating.
This enticing and informative cookbook explains, from forest to table, how to make the most of wild game. Absorbing and engaging, it is not only full of information about game but also introduces you to several wild plants that pair especially well with the suggested dishes.
In addition to 165 mouth watering recipes, it features numerous nuggets of information, such as recipes for making broths, gravies, marinades and glazes.
From tips on preparing and cooking game to the different species available throughout North America, this is a valuable primer for anyone who already includes game in their diet or those home cooks who are just discovering wild game for the first time.
- Tips on Preparing and Cooking Game Birds and The Different Species of Game Birds. Game bird recipes for: Duck, Woodcock, Grouse, Ptarmigan, Guineafowl, Partridge, Rock Dove, Northern Bobwhite, Pheasant, Quail, Thrush, Lark and Lapwing
- Tips on Preparing and Cooking Game Animals and The Different Species of Game Animals. Game animal recipes for: Caribou, Deer, Baby Wild Boar, Muskox, Black Bear, Beaver, Hare, Seal and Squirrel
- Handy information on using the flesh and giblets of game, wine pairing suggestions, the various cuts of meat and general butchery terms.
This wide-ranging book will lead you to rediscover the taste of nature.
The art of braising comes down to us from the earliest days of cooking, when ingredients were enclosed in a heavy pot and buried in the hot embers of a dying fire until tender and bathed in a deliciously concentrated sauce. Today, braising remains as popular and as uncomplicated as ever. Molly Stevens's All About Braising is a comprehensive guide to this versatile way of cooking, written to instruct a cook at any level. Everything you need to know is here, including:
- a thorough explanation of the principles of good braising with helpful advice on the best cuts of meat, the right choice of fish and vegetables, and the right pots,
- 125 reliable, easy-to-follow recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables, ranging from quick-braised weeknight dishes to slow-cooked weekend braises,
- planning tips to highlight the fact that braised foods taste just as good, if not even better, as leftovers,
- a variety of enlightened wine suggestions for any size pocketbook with each recipe.