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Build a Better Burger!,
This review is from: Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries, and Shakes (Hardcover)The title of the book "Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries and Shakes" pretty much says it all. That is exactly what you will find in this wonderful cookbook--and it is all good. The recipe for a basic burger remains the same throughout the book--meat, salt and pepper. That's it. But what he adds between the meat and the bun is what makes this cookbook so much fun! You will find recipes that call for hot sauce, potato chips (his signature burger), Carolina Cole Slaw, tzatziki, remoulade , mole sauce, pineapple mustard glaze, hoisin barbeque sauce, queso sauce, sunny side up eggs, and chimichurri sauce, along with a host of other fun toppings. He makes burgers out of salmon, turkey, beef, and tuna. He gives an instructional how-to on the art of making a good burger, along with ways to cook them, in a chapter called "Burger Essentials". He gives us a primer on cheeses that can be used for burgers in a short chapter called "Cheeseburger Essentials". It's not so much that you may not be able to come up with a lot of these ideas on your own, it is that seeing the photos and following the recipe that inspires you to want to make something other than a regular burger with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and tomato. He has a way of taking basic ingredients and mixing them up to make really fun, great tasting burgers.
He also has a section in the book for fry and onion ring recipes, and ends the book with some pretty great milkshake recipes like Dark Chocolate Milkshake with "Fluffy" Coconut Cream, a Fresh Mint-Chocolate Speckled Milkshake, a Peach Bellini shake, and a Toasted Marshmallow shake that he promises won't disappoint. He also gives you a recipe to prepare your own fruit flavored shakes at home (like strawberry, blueberry and the like) that keep the taste consistent for a fruit that may vary by taste according to where it is in the growing season. He has a few recipes for sauces for burgers as well as some for the shakes. And all this is accompanied by a host of pictures that show the finished product for many of the recipes you are making--a huge bonus in my mind. I feel it is absolutely necessary to have pictures in a cookbook so you can see what it is you are trying to make.
I borrowed this book from my local library to see if I would like it before I bought it. I realized that I had tagged so many pages in the book to try, that I ended up buying a copy for myself. It would make a nice gift for someone who loves to grill burgers, or to take along as a hostess gift for a cookout. This is a fun cookbook that you will turn to again and again when you decide to fire up the grill AND the blender. Highly recommended!