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25 Essentials: Techniques for Planking [Kindle Edition]

Karen Adler , Judith Fertig
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Got wood? You should. Cooking on a plank is the simplest way to infuse your food with the subtle taste and aroma of smoke.
Best part is, you don’t need a fancy rig, special equipment, or complicated directions to start planking. All you really need is a board and this book. With the 25 essential techniques you’ll find in these pages, you’ll be planking like a pro in no time—outdoors and in. This book features tempting fare such as Griddle-Planked Brie with Amaretto-Peach Chutney and Cranberry Conserve, Plank-Roasted Pears with Blue Cheese, Cheese- and Herb-Stuffed Planked Portobello Mushrooms, and Garlic and Rosemary-Slathered Planked Pork Chops. Armed with this concise and handy primer, anyone can become a planking and grilling pro in no time!

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About the Author

Karen Adler is a food writer, culinary instructor, and publisher. As a culinary instructor, Adler specializes in outdoor cooking—fish, game, meat, and vegetables. She has taught at more than a dozen institutions and venues, including Viking Culinary Centers, A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, Central Market Cooking Schools in Texas, Cooks of Crocus Hill in Minneapolis/St. Paul, KitchenArt in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Copia in Napa, California. She has written for numerous publications including Q magazine, Backyard Living, Barbecue Today, Cooking Pleasures, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She has appeared on local and national television and radio. Adler has authored or co-authored more than 14 books with 9 titles specializing in barbecue.

With co-author Judith Fertig, Adler has been a spokesperson for the Catfish Institute and the Propane Educational and Research Council. She has been the guest chef at the Seattle Grillfest, Charlie Trotter’s To Go Chicago, Traverse City Culinary Fest, and the American Royal International Barbecue Contest. She is a founding member and former president of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Kansas City Chapter. Adler is also the past vice president of the National Barbecue Association, having served as its Awards of Excellence founder and chairman.

She is the president and owner of Pig Out Publications, Inc., a specialty barbecue books wholesaler. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • File Size: 5205 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; Spi edition (April 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CQX8BY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Guide June 21, 2010
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If you enjoy the aroma and flavor of smoked delicacies planking is a good, easy way to prepare foods. Over the years I've used both planks and chips for infusing flavor to foods. 25 Essentials: Techniques for Planking by authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig is an excellent resource.

This 128 page spiral bound guide delivers on types of planks, colorful photographs, easy to understand planking instructions, and some great recipes that I tried over the weekend. The herb mustard slather for seafood is one of my new found favorites. The planked pears is a surprisingly great dish.

I like the overall design of this book. The spiral binding allows for the guide to lay flat. Overall I'm very impressed with this volume. The authors and publisher did an outstanding job of composing a great guide to both indoor and outdoor planking. I look forward to future editions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 25 Techniques of Planking for Different Kinds of Foods November 16, 2011
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The 25 Essentials: Techniques for Planking is basically a recipe book showing how to cook different kinds of foods using the planking method. The recipes have mostly simple ingredients with minimal preparation. The planking method does the rest to make a meal from good to WOW.

Planking is cooking your food on a wood plank over a heat source. The book instructs how you can do this indoors in an oven or outdoors on a grill.

This book addresses which woods work best, how to prepare your woods for cooking, and then an array of recipes show the different techniques of plank cooking with a variety foods(all easy to do). For example, Technique 1 is a recipe that demonstrates griddle-planking over direct heat. Technique 2 is planking hard cheese over indirect heat. Technique 10 recipe is how to plank-roasting fish, while Technique 16 demonstrates smoke-planking shellfish. Technique 19 recipe is about plank boneless poultry, while Technique 23 is about grilling and smoke-planking steaks.

The recipes are a bit high end - just beyond the usual home fare of ingredients, but nothing exotic or hard-to-find. (Except I don't know what a peppadew is, but it looks like a type of pepper.) The ingredients are few and the instructions are simple. Most of the cooking work is accomplished in a few steps that barely fill up one page.

Planking reminds me much like smoking - but without the smoke. The flavor is obtained from cooking on the wood itself. If you are interested in trying the planking method which can be done indoors or out, this is a good book to look into.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a cookbook junkie, especially when it comes to unusual recipes and cooking methods, so this small, spiral-bound book on planking seemed perfect. Yes, this has only twenty-five recipes, but who would have thought that there would be that many that use planks?

The introduction offers good instruction about the different plank cooking methods and where to buy specific kinds of planks for cooking. I especially enjoyed the brief description of the different woods and the kinds of flavor they impart. And the recipes are all innovative: griddle-planked brie with amaretto-peach chutney and cranberry conserve (a hit at a recent party); plank-roasted pears with blue cheese; planked red and yellow tomatoes with frizzled herbs; kiss-of-smoke planked shrimp with bearnaise butter; proscuitto-wrapped sea scallops with fresh herb aioli; planked beef filets with porcini slather; planked figs with pancetta and goat cheese. All recipes are extremely easy to follow, and most are quick to prepare -- other than soaking the planks in advance.

I have two complaints about this cookbook, despite the delicious recipes: 1. the specialty planks some recipes call for (e.g., a "baking" plank) are not readily available and 2. not all recipes benefit from the smoke supposedly given off by the wood since they cook too quickly. The brie recipe listed above is a perfect example: although the flavor was wonderful and easy to fix while dining outside with guests, I was never able to find the special "baking" plank nor did I have a griddle attachment. I used a regular plank which, according to the introduction, should have given it more of a grilled/smoky flavor; however, because of the brie's rind, only the chutney and conserve were affected. Still, the result was first-rate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy easy to follow planking recipes December 20, 2012
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If you love smoked food, you should give this book a try. I got into planking a few years ago, but only used the planks for salmon. Who knew how diverse planking could be? I mean, plank-roasted pears with blue cheese? Proscuitto-wrapped sea scallops with fresh herb aioli? Can you say yum?

Aside from loving to plank, I also have a cook book addiction. This one is spiral bound, with beautiful colorful photos that will have you drooling all over its pages.

The book introduces the different woods and the flavor they bring to the dish, different planking methods and where to buy planks (basic planks can normally be found at your local grocery store). The recipes are very easy to follow and are delicious.

So, if you like smoked food, cooking indoor or outdoor, trying new flavors, or if you're just a cook book junkie like me, I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a perfect partner to the cedar plank
Published 14 days ago by Joe Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book for getting off on a new style of cooking. Recipes are things real people eat.
Published 16 days ago by Pam Hawk
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Published 20 days ago by Fred T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful and informative book. Shipped fast.
Published 3 months ago by charles j barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Planking techniques
I've never planked before so this was a great book for me. I love the pictures of the finished meals. The directions are clear and easy to follow. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Sikes
5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Planking Book and it is a Good One
This is an excellent addition to anyone's set of cook books. If you have not tried planking, it is very easy and creates very good BBQ'd food.
Published 9 months ago by Race Bannon
3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny book
Only 25 recipes. Expected a bigger book. About 8x8 spirel bound. Book comes with a sticky saying 25 recipes and 25 photos, missing in Amazon ad though.
Published 9 months ago by John Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars Planking is fun
We love this idea and certainly rely on this informative book for all our planking. It is a very good way to add flavor to all our grilling, and this book is precise and most... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gramcrackergran
4.0 out of 5 stars cookbook
The book has come really good sounding recipes. I bought this as a gift, but I copied about 6 recipes before I gave it away. The recipes would be good without a plank. Read more
Published 12 months ago by PT
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice
Well made and put together.. Makes me hungry just looking through it. I am excited to give this to my dad along with some planks I ordered. I hope he has us over for dinner ;)
Published 13 months ago by Bobbie Parks
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