Synopses & Reviews
Once used in medicines and ointments, butter is now a luxurious component in all of our favorite foodsan essential ingredient in desserts, a base for creamy sauces, and a simple spread for breads and pastries. In FLAVORED BUTTERS, food writer Offerico Maoz explores the history and culinary possibilities of this age-old dairy product, presenting more than 65 mouth-watering recipes for flavored butters and sauces, including instructions for making butter by hand. Rebounding from a bad rep in the 1980s, butter is making a comeback as recent studies confirm its health virtues over trans-fatty substitutes like margarine, shortening, and cooking sprays. Complete with recipes for low-calorie and nondairy butters, FLAVORED BUTTERS provides a fresh repertoire of sumptuous spreads so you can indulge away in this delicious, no-longer-guilty pleasure.A full-color tribute to butter, with more than 65 recipes for homemade flavored butters and sauces.Features savory, spicy, and sweet buttery delights, such as Parmesan-Bacon Butter, Chipotle Pepper Butter Sauce, and Cinnamon-Honey Butter, along with low-calorie or nondairy alternatives like Avocado Butter.According to the Harvard School of Public Health, butter is healthier than synthetic fats like margarine, which contain trans fats and are known to increase cholesterol levels. Butter is low carb and can be a source of good fats, which are an important part of a healthy diet (when consumed in moderation).
The history and culinary possibilities of this age-old dairy product, with more than 65 recipes for flavored butters and sauces and instructions for making butter by hand.
50 recipes for sweet and savory butters for use as spreads, sauces and marinades.
Flavored butters, also called compound butters, have a multitude of uses. They make a plain baguette or artisan loaf come alive with flavor; they complement a hearty breakfast muffin or delicate scone; they serve as quick-fix sauces for a piece of fish, meat or a bowl of pasta; and they brighten an artichoke or a serving of green beans in surprising ways.
We often see flavored butters as an elegant touch to bread service in restaurants, but there are plenty more varieties and uses that are easy for home cooks to use in their kitchens as well. Lucy Vaserfirerand#8217;s Flavored Butters is the first and only book that provides the recipes and techniques for homemade flavored butters. In fifty recipes, Vaserfirer offers up ideas that are amazingly quick to execute in the kitchen and transformative in the flavor they impart.
The recipes cover both sweet and savory applications, and each recipe has advice about what the butter is best used on. In addition to the recipes, there are plenty of photographs to illustrate, and ample tips and tricks, like the perfect temperature at which to serve the butters, how to serve, and the tools needed for making stunning presentations with flavored butters.
About the Author
Chef, culinary educator, and recipe developer Lucy Vaserfirer is the author of Seared to Perfection: The Simple Art of Sealing in Flavor and the entertaining and educational food blog Hungry Cravings, an online resource demystifying complicated cooking and baking techniques and offering delicious, foolproof recipes. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Cooking at Clark College in Vancouver, WA and at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon and has taught both home and professional cooks and bakers for years. Her recipes and writings have appeared in Cooking Club magazine, The Virginia Culinary Thymes, Weber's Time to Grill: Get In. Get Out. Get Grilling., International Association of Culinary Professionals Cooking Schools and Teachers Section Membership Newsletter, Northwest Palate, and Hospitality News. She holds Le Cordon Bleu associate degrees in both culinary arts and patisserie and baking and lives with her husband in Vancouver, WA.