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Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks Hardcover – May 28, 2013
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A:--Mark Bitterman "It's less than a decade old. Its discovery is a little shrouded in mystery. I think there was some opportunistic cooking maybe on salt stones in ages past. But in terms of salt-block cooking the way we think of it now, all evidence I have is that it's an American invention."
(This article can be found on Reuters and Yahoo News! 07/23/14) (Barbara Goldberg, Chicago Tribune)
"The salt expert gives lessons on cooking with salt bricks, which adds a sublte saltiness and can get hot enough on a grill to sear steak." (Food & Wine)
"If the subject of salt is intriguing to you, as it is to me, here are some books available on the subject: Mark Bittman. Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral. And also Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks. Bittman is an expert on salt and tells the tale beautifully." (Lou Jane Temple, Kansas City Star)
"SALT BLOCK COOKING follows up on the author's prior 2010 introduction to the concept in SALTED and provides a powerful account on how to use Himalayan salt blocks for grilling, baking, and cooking. Some seventy recipes are used to display all the basics of using salt blocks to maximum advantage , and include everything you need to know about the process, from shopping for a block and maintaining one to healing, cooling and serving all kinds of foods. A 'must' for any cookbook collection looking for the basics on salt block use" (James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review)
"Good read. Salt Block Cooking by Mark Bitterman is the home cook's guide to a technique once only practiced by top chefs. Himalayan salt blocks are sold at specialty retail stores around the world, including The Spice & Tea Exchange, 309 N. Park Ave. in Winter Park.
This book is the first to address salt-block cooking and includes 70 recipes designed for this reusable cooking tool. The process involves heating the blocks and cooking meat or seafood directly on the surface. When not used for food preparation, the blocks make nifty serving platters for cold and room-temperature items.
Bitterman is an expert on culinary salt, chocolate and cocktail bitters. He won a James Beard Award for his first book, Salted." (Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel)
About the Author
Andrew Schloss, who frequently develops recipes for The Meadow’s various communications and activities, contributes his expertise to the development of the recipes for the book. Schloss is the author of sixteen cookbooks including: Mastering the Grill (a New York Times best-seller) and The Science of Good Food (winner of an IACP Cookbook Award, a James Beard finalist, nominated by Le Cordon Bleu Food Media Awards as Best Food Book in the World), both co-authored with David Joachim. His latest books are Fire it Up (also with Joachim) and Homemade Sodas. He is the culinary force behind Cookulus, the first interactive cookbook app.
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Top Customer Reviews
the meat sizzled like on a cast iron grille. will be trying cold food next.....
Salt block cooking is a bit of a new trend or fad for some cooks, using a pink Himalayan salt block as a cooking surface, whether placed on the grill, the stove top or in an oven. No, this is not a late April Fool's trick or a reprint from "The Onion".
The author is sold on the idea, as you might expect, describing salt blocks as the "boldest new idea in cooking since the matchstick." The book's marketing materials join in, describing this book as something that "... will inspire you with wildly innovative uses you've never dreamed of, from cocktails to candy, from curing to grilling and from ceviche to pizza. Along the way, you'll learn the half-billion-year history of the only food that starts as a rock."
Certainly if you are a bit of a foodie and like trying out some of the latest trends this might be something for you to look at. Even if you never plan to try salt block cooking, this book could just be an interesting resource so you can, with grave authority, tell friends and family about this "bizarre way of cooking". Whether you are using a salt block (or salt plate as some vendors call it) to heat things up or cool things down, it certainly appears to be a versatile tool. If you are entertaining and have a bit of an audience it can also add to the visual theatre!
You get a very great, deep introduction to the background, art and science of salt block cooking from this book before you are given further advice and recipes for more specific uses - curing, warming, cooking and chilling on salt blocks are considered as well as even drinking from salt cups!Read more ›
Actually I hope no one else buys this book so I will be the only one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent quality book....great pics...shared it with my friends. They are going to try this. It's a whole new conceptPublished 15 hours ago by doc c
Horrible odd recipes. Very few recipes.this book is misleading and gives you pages and pages on the history of salt. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Junk - do not buy this one. The plate cracked as I brought it to temp on a med heat. What a total waste!!! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Robert Vang
I purchased this book used for a very small price. I had not heard of "salt block cooking" before and wanted to see if it was something I might like before investing in the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nancy W.
very cool....use it a few times and plan on using it more this summer. So far I have done eggs, chicken and watermelon and fish recipes.Published 25 days ago by Mr.Review 2004
Definitely a novel way of cooking, and this one gives a bit more variety in my dishes.Published 26 days ago by Goran Kolarev
I love it!! waiting for the weekend to do some more cooking, interesting facts and information in there too.Published 1 month ago by Carlos Huacuz
This book covers the history of salt blocks, where to get one, how and when to use it, and dozens of recipes to try. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book has the chemistry done to the T. Very helpful to begin using your salt block.Published 1 month ago by Camiron H.