"The BRISKET Book: A Love Story with Recipes" by Stephanie Pierson is indeed that. A love story. Definitely not for the vegetarian, the book features quotes and observations by cooks from all over the country and delves into the background of brisket. Amazingly, brisket is a multi-cultural dish that tends to convey feelings of home and warmth to its consumers who eat it in a mind-boggling variety of dishes. There are definite opinions about the origin of the meat, the way it is packaged, the method of preparation and the method of cooking, the sauce or lack thereof and the side dishes which should accompany the meat and the author does an entertaining job of presenting various opinions in an easily read format. Regional and cultural differences are detailed and analyzed with plenty of asides from the author and direct quotes from a wide variety of chefs. Wonderful hints about essential tools and techniques are interspersed with mouthwatering pictures of brisket, its side-dishes and wines or other libations to accompany the masterpiece. A description of versatile cookers such as the Big Green Egg or Weber's more purposeful Smokey Mountain Cooker as well as websites to consult for sauces, techniques or meat sources are also detailed. Then there are the recipes that "made the cut"....from basic to braised to corned beef...yum!
A mouth-watering tribute to an unassuming piece of meat that features prominently in the fond memories of many people as their favorite comfort food. The author wants it pointed out that while a brisket is a `pot roast' since it is a roast cooked in a pot, a pot roast is not necessarily a brisket and stewing is not braising. A wonderful melange of anecdotes, trivia, facts, suggestions and recipes paying tribute and homage to brisket!
Food writer, cookbook author, and brisket zealot Stephanie Pierson contends, "Some foods will improve your meal, your mood, your day, your buttered noodles. Brisket will improve your life."
Brisket is so easy to warm up to, no wonder everyone loves it. Families pass brisket recipes down like heirlooms. Chat rooms are full of passionate foodies giving passionate opinions about their briskets--and each one claims to have the best brisket recipe ever! When Angel Stadium of Anaheim introduced a BBQ brisket sandwich, it promptly won a national contest for best ballpark cuisine. This lively book offers everything from brisket cooking tips to chef interviews to butcher wisdom. Color photographs, illustrations, and graphics ensure that brisket has never looked better. The recipes include something for everyone: Beef Brisket with Fresh Tangy Peaches, Scandinavian Aquavit Brisket, Sweet-and-Sour Brisket, Barbecued Brisket Sandwiches with Firecracker Sauce, a Seitan Brisket (even people who don't like meat love brisket), and a 100% Foolproof Bride's Brisket.
If brisket does indeed improve your life, then The Brisket Book promises to be the ultimate life-affirming resource for anyone who has savored--or should savor--this succulent comfort food.