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In a culinary pickle? Not anymore!
Once a dreary necessity, pickling has turned into a culinary art form, with pickled components popping up in four-star restaurant dishes and trendy drinks across the country. Now you can create your own gourmet preserved ingredients and explore the flavor-packed potential of fermentation!
Pickled features a range of accessible techniques, as well as recipes that highlight your favorite tastes, including:
Author: Kelly Carrolata
In Pie, Angela Boggiano lays out the story of this tasty dish. Each pie has a story to tell, a history of provenance, pie-makers, innovation and experimentation. Pie shows you how to master the art of pastry-making and how to transform even the most frugal filling into a luxurious meal. Simple to make and impressive to serve, pies can be enjoyed in an infinite variety of styles, from the portable Cornish pasty to the comforting and hearty steak and kidney pie or the delicious and more exotic calzone. Boggiano, a London-based food stylist who draws on her Italian heritage and Northern English roots for inspiration in the kitchen and in her writing, has put together a book that celebrates the pie in all its forms, from meat pies to seasonal fruit and traditional Christmas mince pies.
Author: Angela Boggiano
Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got their "hot" reputation - and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that "something extra," and why. Plants With Benefits is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use.
Author: Helen Yoest
Powerful Plant-Based Superfoods is your definitive guide to 50 of the leading superfoods for optimal health and vitality.
Author: Lauri Boone, R.D.
Have you ever wanted to build your own chicken coop, cider press or herb-drying rack? How about a clever two-bin composter, horse-blanket washing machine or genuine Langstroth beehive? In Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency, you'll find these projects and a couple dozen more to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle. Most self-sufficiency books give you pages of words and a couple of small drawings for an explanation, but this book shows you exactly how to do things, employing beautiful photos and complete plans. The projects are organized into four categories: Food Prep & Preservation, Homestead, Garden and Animals. Among the projects are a simple brooder box for chicks, a jumbo cold frame, a basic loom, a large-capacity soil sifter, fencing, trellises and even a solar oven. So, whether you're a longtime do-it-yourselfer looking to complete your skill set or a newcomer taking your first step toward sustainability, Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the book to get you there.
Author: Chris Peterson
Marisa McClellan was an adult in a high-rise in Philadelphia when she rediscovered canning, and found herself under the preserving spell. She grew accustomed to working in large batches because most "vintage" recipes are written to feed a large family, or to use up a farm-size crop. Increasingly, however, she found that smaller batches suited her life better. Working with a quart, pound, pint or bunch of produce (and not a bushel) allows for dabbling in preserving without committing a whole shelf to storing a single type of jam.
Preserving by the Pint is meant to be a guide for saving smaller batches from farmers markets and produce stands-preserving tricks for stopping time in a jar. McClellan's recipes offer tastes of unusual preserves like Blueberry Maple Jam, Mustardy Rhubarb Chutney, Sorrel Pesto, and Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles. Organized seasonally, these pestos, sauces, mostardas, chutneys, butters, jams, jellies and pickles are speedy, too: Some take under an hour, leaving you more time to plan your next batch.
Author: Marisa McClellan
How many ways can you preserve a strawberry? You can freeze it, dry it, pickle it or can it. Milk gets cultured or fermented, and is preserved as cheese or yogurt. Fish can be smoked, salted, dehydrated and preserved in oil. Pork becomes jerky. Cucumbers become pickles. There is no end to the magic of food preservation, and in Preserving Everything, Leda Meredith leads readers (both newbies and old hands) in every sort of preservation technique imaginable.
Author: Leda Meredith
Project Smoke tells you how to make the alchemy happen, with Steven Raichlen’s seven steps to smoking nirvana; an in-depth description of the various smokers; the essential brines, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and a complete guide to fuel, including how each type of wood subtly seasons a dish. The book includes recipes for 100 enticing, succulent, boldly flavored smoked dishes.
Author: Steven Raichlen
Protein Ninja's everything-you-need-to-know rundown on plant-based protein sources (and its chapters like Stealthy Protein Pancakes, Waffles, Scrambles, and Much, Much More; Super Toast: Savory or Sweet; and Better Than Ever Burger Bowls), will soon have you sneaking plant-based protein into your breakfasts, dinners, and everything in between.
Author: Terry Hope Romero
Based on the most current research in nutrition and food science, and written for the newly converted and hard-core carnivores alike, Pure Beef will answer readers’ most essential questions: Why eat beef? What kind should I eat? Where can I buy it? How should I cook it?
Americans have a lot to learn about their all-time favorite meat; even devoted beef eaters rarely venture beyond steaks and hamburgers. Because there’s a whole lot more to a cow, Pure Beef will teach readers how to cook every cut, including underappreciated meats from the shoulder, haunch, and belly, not to mention meaty ribs and organ meats. For folks who prefer to stick with steaks and burgers, the new, leaner beef on the market (especially grass-fed) demands a different way of cooking those classic dishes to perfection, and Pure Beef will show home cooks the way.
A balanced approach to beef’s healthfulness, economy, and sustainability lies at the heart of this book. By its very organization, Pure Beef upends the traditional beef hierarchy that promotes 12-ounce portions of big steaks and premium roasts. The background information in Part I will revise health and nutritional information about beef consumption, while the recipes in Part II will revalue the most common beef cuts, starting with ground beef, and adjust serving sizes to match current nutritional recommendations.
Author: Lynne Curry
Eggs are among the staples in most households around the world because they're nutritious, a great source of protein, readily available and affordable. They also happen to be delicious! Put an Egg on It is a collection of 65 simple breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes that feature eggs. Featuring the basics on how to cook eggs, and including plenty of simple "comfort food" recipes, the book also features dishes from a variety of international cuisines, including Mexican, Israeli, Greek, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese and Italian.
Author: Lara Ferroni
The step-by-step instructions in Put 'em Up will have the most timid beginners filling their pantries and freezers with the preserved goodness of summer in no time. An extensive Techniques section includes complete how-to for every kind of preserving: refrigerating and freezing, air- and oven-drying, cold- and hot-pack canning, and pickling. And with recipe yields as small as a few pints or as large as several gallons, readers can easily choose recipes that work for the amount of produce and time at hand.
Real food advocate Sherri Brooks Vinton offers recipes with exciting flavor combinations to please contemporary palates and put preserved fruits and vegetables on dinner-party menus everywhere. Pickled Asparagus Wasabi Beans are delicious additions to holiday relish trays; Sweet Pepper Marmalade perks up cool-weather roasts; and Berry Bourbon is an unexpected base for a warming cocktail.
The best versions of tried-and-true favorites are all here too. Bushels of fresh-picked apples are easily turned into applesauce, dried fruit rings, jelly, butter, or even brandy. Falling-off-the-vine tomatoes can be frozen whole, oven dried, canned, or made into a tangy marinara. Options for pickling cucumbers range from Bread and Butter Chips and Dills Spears to Asian Ice-Box Pickles. There's something delicious for every pantry!
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Author: Sherri Brooks Vinton
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