With so many new cookbooks coming out every month it can be incredibly difficult to figure out which books are worth purchasing and which will only sit around gathering dust. This is why I spend a good portion of my evenings combing through different cookbooks trying to find the best new releases to share with you. In the last four months I've had over 100 cookbooks pass through my kitchen for review and none of them have left quite the impression that this book has. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the most fun I've had with a cookbook all year. Ladies, if you have a man in your life who loves to cook you need to pick them up a copy of this book. While you're at it make sure you pick up a blowtorch. I know that sounds like an odd combination, but trust me, there is nothing like cooking with a hand held open flame. I have yet to meet a man that doesn't have just a little bit of a pyromaniac in them.
Even if you aren't convinced a blowtorch is a necessity in the kitchen this book is still worth a closer look. It has something for every occasion and skill level. Many of the basics are covered with step-by-step directions perfect for beginning cooks. More advanced cooks looking to try their hand at something new might be interested in the cooking techniques for birds, rabbits, and lamb that are sure to offer a bit of a challenge. Even vegetarians will find something in this book as a number of the recipes give quick and easy ways to make the meal vegetarian friendly. This is especially handy if you know you'll be having a vegetarian guest for dinner. As I said, this book has something for everyone in it and would be an excellent addition to any kitchen. Oh and did I mention how much fun cooking with a blowtorch is?
Some of the recipes that caught my eye:
- Chili (or the 10 steps to chili enlightenment)
- The Wisconsinite (Cheddar and Bratwurst grilled cheese)
- Bacon-wrapped scallops w/ scotch whiskey glaze
- Belgian beer brownies
- Salami chips, pepperoni chips, and prosciutto chips
- Hooker's Spaghetti
- Linguine w/ creamy clam sauce
- Recipes with a blowtorch:
- Blowtorch oatmeal
- Blowtorch salmon
- Bananas Foster
Where to Purchase
This book was sent to me for review by Workman Publishing Company through NetGalley. As always, all opinions are my own.
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