Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Grilling with Beer by Lucy Saunders
Lucy Saunders has been writing about beer and cooking since the late 1980s and I've been lucky enough to know her most of that time. Her website, www.beercook.com, is a great place to visit to learn more about beer and cooking.
Her recent book, Grilling with Beer: Bastes, BBQ Sauces, Mops, Marinades & More, Made with Craft Beer has come in handy around the Lyke2Drink household this summer. Published by F&B Communications ($21.95), it is 218 pages of great recipes using beer that make grilled foods jump off your plate.
How does Lemon Weiss Marinade sound? Or Smoky Porter Maple Glaze? Perhaps Raspberry Ale Grilled Duck is more your speed.
Lucy's stated goal in the book is to "introduce the flavors of craft beer into outdoor cooking" and she accomplished that with more than 100 recipes that feature beer as a key ingredient. Along the way she takes us to places like Colorado, New Zealand, Australia and New England to see how people in those locations use beer and barbecue grills in creative ways. One of my favorite sections describes classic beer styles and how the flavor components work in various cooking techniques.
For those of us who believe that beer is at least as good as wine as a cooking ingredient and an accompaniment to food, Lucy Saunders has made our point in Grilling with Beer.