~posted by Frank
It’s Super Bowl weekend. If you’re a football fan, it’s time to grab a beer and settle in for the game. If you’re a Seahawks fan, you may want to drown your sorrows in a beer. If you’re not a football fan, what better way to pass the time than with a beer? Here are six books that elevate beer as a sophisticated drink to pair with food.
Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros by Julia Herz, featured on NPR today, offers food for thought on how we perceive and taste beer before providing some tantalizing recipes. Most intriguing: Beef Chili with an Imperial Double IPA; Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with Imperial India Pale Ale.
Beer & Food Companion by Stephen Beaumont includes history, travel destinations and a helpful food pairing chart alongside delectable recipes. Most intriguing: Beer Braised Pork Belly with Creole Seasoning; Chocolate, Beetroot & Stout Cake.
The Gourmet’s Guide to Cooking with Beer: How to Use Beer to Take Simple Recipes from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Alison Boteler focuses on using beer and cider an ingredient, rather than as a beverage to be paired with. Most intriguing: Drunken Beer Dogs; Pepperoni Pizza and Beer Dip.
The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes of your Favorite Bar Snacks and Beer Cocktails by John Schlimm. With chapters “Friday Night Bites” and “Game Day Sauces, Salsas & Dips,” you won’t be strapped for food. Most intriguing: Grilled Cauliflower Burgers, Eggplant & Portobello Pasta.
What to Drink with What you Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food With Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea– Even Water– Based on Expert Advice From Americas Best Sommeliers by Andrew Dornenburg is an award-winning, encyclopedic cookbook with recommendations primarily for wine drinkers, but beer is featured as well. Most intriguing: Saag Panner with Pinot Gris; potato chips with beer – or Champagne!
A Year in Food & Beer: Recipes and Pairings for Every Season by Emily Baime. Following a chapter on the art of pairing food and beer, dozens of recipes are presented by season. Most intriguing winter recipes: Scallops with Caramelized Leeks; Southern-Style Greens with Cornbread.