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All About Braising: The Art Of Uncomplicated Cooking Hardcover – Oct 19 2004


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (Oct. 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393052303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393052305
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 3.6 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cuisines as diverse as Vietnamese, Moroccan, Italian, British and American all use braising; the technique can be a means to cook everything from vegetables to pork belly. Stevens, a Fine Cooking contributing editor, says that braising is simply "tucking a few ingredients into a heavy pot with a bit of liquid, covering the pot tightly and letting everything simmer peacefully until tender and intensely flavored." With the help of appetite-inducing photos of Vietnamese Braised Scallops, and Braised Endive with Prosciutto, Stevens illustrates just how exciting a braise can be. "Braising," she clarifies, "is a building process. The cook adds layer upon layer of flavor, nuance, and character to a dish at each stage." Although braising is a relatively simple cooking method, Stevens takes her time explaining it, drawing on food science to explain not just how, but why (for example, "Give food plenty of space," because "If the pan is too crowded... the released moisture can't escape and will cause the meat to steam, not brown"). Aside from Stevens's sometimes superfluous prose and ho-hum anecdotes, the book contains interesting tasting notes and cultural information, and Stevens's lengthy instructions will be particularly valuable to beginners. Photos, line drawings.
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“The definitive guide to those incomparable one-pot dishes that combine complex sauces with meltingly tender meats and poultry.... I know that will become a treasure in my own kitchen.” — Anne Willan, founder, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne

“Filled with friendly advice, inspired insights, and great recipes, it will make you a better cook.” — Judy Rodgers, author of The Zuni Café Cookbook

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey E. Drugge on Feb. 5 2009
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This has to be one of the best cookbooks I have ever used. The descriptions of how to make each dish are clear and detailed, the layout and production of the book is excellent, and the recipes are out of this world. Literally every time I cook from this book, I get asked for the recipe, and for the name of the cookbook. Usually our dinner guests end up getting a copy for themselves!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dogberry on Dec 7 2010
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This is an outstanding cook book. Not only are the recipes great, which should be expected, but a significant part of the book is focused on the principles involved in braising food so that you understand why the book recommends preparing foods in the ways that it does. The book also includes a very informative section on how to select the appropriate cookware. I find the majority of my recipes that I use on the internet, but this book is genuinely worth having if you're at all interested in braising!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Customer on July 22 2012
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I own more than 100 cookbooks and yet I had not encountered such a comprehensive book, from ingredients to pan to use. A must to have if you wish to perfect the art of roasting.

I also own the "All about roasting", by the same author. It is equally good. Quality of meat does not lead to tender and juicy meat, if we do not prepare it properly. I have tried to roast beef for almost 40 years and never completely succeeded in having a tender and juicy meat. Now I know why! These two books provided me methods and steps for successfully roasting and braising meats.

Too bad these two books were not around when I got married, some 40 years ago! They have become my bible for roasting and braising. (My wish is that the author publishes one on casseroles, just casseroles.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Cuisine on May 28 2013
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We just polished off the last of the Pot-Roasted Brisket with Rhubarb and Honey, which I made in a tagine. It was amazing. I absolutely recommend this book.
Great information and very clearly laid-out methods. A win.
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