From Publishers Weekly
The average American consumes three hamburgers a week, and Murphy and Singh figure it's time this all-American sandwich got its culinary due. In this authoritative guide to cooking burgers of all stripes, the authors sprinkle facts about burgers and burger restaurants around the U.S. throughout while keeping their focus tight on the recipes. By creating beef, poultry, seafood and vegetarian spins on the classic, authors Murphy and Singh seek to expand the home cook's burger repertoire, sometimes stretching the definition of "burger" just a bit beyond its capacity. Offerings range from Barbecue Cheese Burgers and Pecan Pesto Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Fennel to is-this-really-a-burger? offerings like Salmon Burgers in Grape Leaves. Though half the length of the comprehensive "Where's the Beef" chapter, the veggie burgers section provides about 30 choices, including the oddball Brussels Sprouts, Apple and Walnut Burgers (which also contains onions, bread crumbs and apricots). Other veggie recipes, though, like the Grilled Portobello and Spinach Burgers, will appeal even to meat eaters. Cooks will want to read the recipes thoroughly before starting, since the authors often list the cooking oil and the oil used in the meat mixture as one measurement, and sometimes leave important garnishes out of the ingredients list. This isn't a flawless cookbook, but for the burger lover, it's got definite appeal. Photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
With summer's approach, grills reappear from winter storage and barbecue kettles roll out of garages. The first thing most barbecuers yearn for after a long winter is a sizzling hamburger. Jane Murphy and Liz Yeh Singh have collected some of the nation's best burger recipes and ideas in The Great Big Burger Book. In addition to recording recipes for classic American burgers, Murphy and Singh show how to boost burgers with homemade ketchup and other garnishes. They offer South American and Asian riffs on the traditional sandwich. For those tired of beef, there are buffalo, lamb, pork, seafood, and vegetarian variations. At the outer edge of burger cuisine, Murphy and Yeh have devised a "hamburger" based on a classic French quenelle made with cod and scallops and topped with rich veloute sauce. Mark Knoblauch
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