Synopses & Reviews
With Charred & Scruffed, bestselling cookbook author and acclaimed chef Adam Perry Lang employs his extensive culinary background to refine and concentrate the flavors and textures of barbecue and reimagine its possibilities.
Adam's new techniques, from roughing up meat and vegetables ("scruffing") to cooking directly on hot coals ("clinching") to constantly turning and moving the meat while cooking ("hot potato"), produce crust formation and layers of flavor, while his board dressings and finishing salts build upon delicious meat juices, and his "fork finishers"—like cranberry, hatch chile, and mango "spackles"—provide an intensely flavorful, concentrated end note.
Meanwhile, side dishes such as Creamed Spinach with Steeped and Smoked Garlic Confit, Scruffed Carbonara Potatoes, and Charred Radicchio with Sweet-and-Sticky Balsamic and Bacon, far from afterthoughts, provide exciting contrast and synergy with the "mains."
"Gas grill owners need not bother with Lang's down and dirty third book of barbecue. As the proprietor of New York's Daisy May's BBQ and co-owner (with Jamie Oliver) of London's Barbecoa, propane is not in this chef's vocabulary. His methodology employs high heat from fired-up coals combined with a raised grate and lots of flipping, or else clinching, a boxing term he reinterprets to mean placing cuts of meat directly onto the coals. Clinching, while being the ultimate solution to flareups, is not as manly as it sounds: the process begins with using a hair dryer to remove the coals' excess ash. But a 10-ounce clinched strip steak is done in just nine minutes and is infused with 'an intense blast of superheated flavor' as the juices steam directly back into the steak. Add a soaked plank of cedar to the mix and the results include clinched and planked rump steaks, lamb racks, or lobster tails, with the wood bringing additional layers of flavor and color to the meats. The scruffing referred to in the title involves roughing up the meat to create extra tears and ridges thereby increasing the surface area where flavorings can seep in. It's a technique that works equally well with some vegetables, as in his scruffed carbonara potatoes, where bite-sized chunks of Yukon Gold soak up a lightly seasoned egg sauce. Agent: Lisa Queen." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Peter Kaminsky is the author and coauthor of many books, including Pig Perfect, Culinary Intelligence, Seven Fires and Mallmann on Fire (with Francis Mallmann), and Charred and Scruffed (with Adam Perry Lang). He is a longtime contributor to Food & Wine and a former columnist for The New York Times and New York magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
After Adam Perry Lang graduated with distinction from the Culinary Institute of America and worked his way through the kitchens of top-rated French restaurants including Le Cirque and Daniel in New York City and Restaurant Guy Savoy in France, he left his pursuit of reviewers stars to open his first restaurant, Daisy Mays BBQ in New York City, and became a pioneer in urban barbecue. He has just opened Barbacoa in London with partner Jamie Oliver.
Adams first book, Serious Barbecue, was a New York Times bestseller. Adam has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Today, CBSs The Early Show, Fox & Friends, Food Networks Iron Chef America, and BBQ with Bobby Flay.