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Guac Off! [Hardcover]

Nathan Myers
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Book Description

May 13, 2009
Nathan Myers is a guacamole master. His recipes will have guac fans forgoing the chips and digging in with a spoon. With 30 recipes for classic, exotic, and extreme guacamoles, there is a guac to suit every occasion, from the green chile-enhanced Brooktown Classic to the ultra-spicy Scarface Guac. Following the tenets of Sun Tzu's Art of War, Myers sets the rules for holding a guac-offthe ultimate contest to see who reigns supreme in the world of guacamoleculminating in the victor being bestowed with a bottle of tequila. Guac Off! includes prize-winning recipes from past showdowns, a history of avocados, plus a healthy dose of fun.

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About the Author

Nathan Myers is a writer and native of Fallbrook, California, the avocado capital of the world. He now lives in Bali where they make guacamole with ice and coffee in a blender.

Jeremy Webster is a Southern California-based photographer.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811865061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811865067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

NATHAN MYERS grew up in the avocado capital of the world. In addition to being a two-time Guac Off champion for his legendary "Chicken Guac" and "Feta & Artichoke Guac", he is a Senior Editor at SURFING Magazine and a regular columnist for Surf Europe, Japan Surfing Life and Surf World Australia. He has written articles for LA Times, West Magazine and Maxim, with movie credits including Trilogy (2007), Stranger Than Fiction (2008), The Drifter (2009) and Castles in the Sky (2010). "Guac Off" is his first cookbook. He currently lives in Bali, Indonesia where he is at work on various film and fiction projects.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guacamole that's a perfect 10! July 4, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Guac Off! starts off with the kind of history I actually enjoy reading about: fascinating tidbits about the history of avocados, their use, and their advancement throughout the world and its cuisines. Next, Myers provides a guide to competitive guacamole-making, or "guac offs", with all sorts of practical, handy, and over-the-top hilarious advice! Soon you'll be rounding up your friends to experiment with home-made variations in the backyard.

Finally, he delves into the important part of the book: recipes! The first chapter handles a few classic guac recipes and variations, including my favorite from this book: the mango guac. At first I wondered why it specifically has you mash the mango in with the avocado instead of leaving it chopped, but I quickly understood the point after tasting the delightful blend of flavors! The chapter of exotic guacs includes influences from around the world, such as one inspired by Asian flavors, and a "French Guac" with blue cheese. So far my favorite from this chapter is the artichoke guac, which includes marinated artichokes, toasted pine nuts, and feta, and is surprisingly delightful!

A chapter of "extreme guacs" adds unusual ingredients to guacamole such as marinated chicken, crab, shrimp, bacon, and so on, turning it into an entree rather than a side or appetizer. There's even a breakfast guac with hardboiled eggs, mayo, and bacon. Finally, a chapter entitled "guacamole road: the journey continues" gives you some ideas of where to go next. It lists out a plethora of guacamole varieties that the author thinks would be fun to try (cherry guac? steak sauce guac?) to inspire your own experiments. Then it includes a few drinks to go with your guacamole tastings, such as margaritas, sangria, and tequila sunrise.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Gift Item! May 29, 2009
By kebssb
Format:Hardcover
My Stepmom had this book on her coffee table and the colorful cover and quaint size (i.e... I knew it would be an easy read!) immediately caught my eye. Once I opened it and saw the hilarious chapter titles I knew I needed to read on.

It starts with a very humorous... yet factual (I think!)... background history on avocados... by no means is this a boring historical tale of the avocado! Then it dives right into some seriously amazing guac recipes with beautiful photos to go along with them.

I'm always looking for fun gift ideas and this one is now at the top of the list. If you are looking to share your love of guac with the world, this book is essential!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never would have imagined... May 24, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Everyone has their own guac recipe - myself included - and I was a bit skeptical that this book would be anything but gimmicky nonsense. On the contrary, I've discovered three new favorites almost immediately and debuted two of them at my Lakers viewing party - people think I'm a guac Goddess now! Amazingly informative and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I won the Guac-off! May 10, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this right before our 3rd annual Guac-off at work. I won the first year with a recipe from Chef Bobby Flay, I called "Flaymin Guac." I lost the 2nd year and didn't want that to happen again so I bought this book and used the mango recipe. My "Don't judge a Guac by its color," won first prize. The recipe was perfection. This book is great, the recipes are great. Highly recommended if you want to beat the competition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! January 4, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I thought I was purchasing this book for a gift but when I received it I loved it to much to give it away. There is an excellent history of avocados and guacamole, wait til you hear what guacamole translates to, in the front and some really different takes on the traditional guac. So far the fruit salsa one is my fav. Many of the recipes call for meat which makes something that is usually an appetizer much more substantial. All of the ingredients are easily found in a regular grocery store so it makes "cooking" from the book really easy. I'll be ordering one for the original recipient for next years gift!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guacamole Bible June 14, 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is the Bible for avocado lovers.... wait, I mean the Koran for avocado lovers (to be PC). A number of recipes that I'd never heard of... I'm the one who invented to Cheetos guacamole over a moment of inspiration during the last Daytona 500. I just need to claim that one for the record.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Cohesive Treatise on Guac May 25, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have been a cook-book junkie, recipe hogger, foodie blogger, and general cusine hustler for YEARS and this is a book I am proud to have on my shelf. Great! Great! Great!!! Good work gentlemen.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guac Rocks! June 15, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Excellent recipes and a great idea born from many a guac parties on the west coast. Great pics inside as well. A must have for any avocado lover and a great way to entertain as well. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salsa and dip
Ordered my mortar and pestal and can hardly wait to put some of those delicious receipes to use. yummy yummy
Published 17 months ago by James Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars New Ideas
New way to approach avocados. It is written in simple yet straight forward language which allows the reader to enjoy this book to the fullest.
Published 17 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubby loves it!
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He is a guacamole lover to say the least. Before I bought the book, he constantly experimented with guac recipes but now he is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brittany
3.0 out of 5 stars It's an ok book
I love making guac and thought that this book would be awesome but the recipes are just OK. I have made several guac recipes from this book and have not found a good tasting... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. Lieske
4.0 out of 5 stars avocados
If you love avocados, then you'll love this. It is a fun book and has lots of different ideas for avocados. I only gave it 4 stars because it is such a small size. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dottie
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not unique
The is a flip book of about 20 guac recipes. I thought the book should have had more to offer. There is a small section on the history of guacamole which i found interesting.
Published on January 10, 2011 by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This book has multiple great sections. They have everything from basic guacs to exotic guacs. We make recipes from this book at least once a week. The bacon guac is to die for! Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Sarah Nichole
5.0 out of 5 stars Guacalicious!
As a life long guacamole connoisseur I was intrigued by the concept of my favorite dish served in the spirit of friendly competition. Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by mugicha
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