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Beer, Food, and Flavor: A Guide to Tasting, Pairing, and the Culture of Craft Beer Hardcover – October 17, 2012

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"The real gold is chapter 2, where Schultz navigates complementary and contrasting pairings, menu-building and choosing beer with food in mind (and vice versa) by channeling focus elements of each. Behind the casual guidance is the refreshingly unsnobby mantra that while it's pretty tough to really go wrong with beer/food pairing, you can always do better. Classic dishes and widely available beer suggestions make the whole thesis tangible." - Draft Magazine

"Chef Schuyler Schultz writes about craft beer from a food perspective, from lessons in cheese-and-brew pairings to sketching a menu for a multi-course, beer-pairing dinner party. His excellent, 300-page guide to beer and food is a steal." - Evan S. Benn, Esquire.com

"If all you do is read the 'Beer and Cheese' chapter in Schuyler Schultz's Beer, Food, and Flavor, you've gotten your money's worth from this thoughtful craft beer guide. ...On either side of this practical primer, the book is filled with mini histories of American craft brewers and tasting notes on their signature beers. Schultz's descriptions are educations in themselves: '...the flavor consists of a crisp malt core surrounded by mild earth and spice hops characteristics with inflections of orange peel and a mild, pleasant graininess.' We'll drink to that." - Culture Cheese Magazine

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"An engaging look at American craft beer through the eyes of a working chef. It's enthusiastic, opinionated, and analytical, teasing apart the mechanics of flavor combinations and then layering on recipes, brewery stories, interviews, tasting notes, beer dinner menus, and even a useful guide to cheese. If you want to know how to bring craft beer into your culinary life, this book will take you all the way there."

--Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, author of The Brewmaster's Table, and editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer

"A wonderful introduction to the world of American craft beer and its place in our nation's exciting local food movement. Schuyler Schultz brings a chef's palate, imagination, and vocabulary to the subject in ways that will expand your appreciation and knowledge of beer's place at the table."

--Steve Hindy, co-founder and president of The Brooklyn Brewery
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 8.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terry Sunday TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2013
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Now that the craft brewing renaissance has captured a relatively small (compared to the number of Coors and Budweiser drinkers) but intensely loyal audience of bold flavor aficionados, adventurous imbibers and knowledgeable beer geeks, many books have hit the market that cater to the interests of this demographic segment. In fact, dare I observe that the number and quality of books about craft beers is beginning to approach those of books intended for wine snobs (no offense intended)? Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver deserves much of the credit for almost single-handedly elevating the status of beer literature with "The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food," the first book to explore in detail the world of fine craft beers (as opposed to domestic industrial swill) and how to match them up with food. Another outstanding book is "The Craft of Stone Brewing Company: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance," a paean to one of America's best, most innovative microbreweries, a quirky San Diego County outfit that constantly re-defines the limits of beer styles, character, strength and quality. Both belong in the library of every serious beer connoisseur. Another book sure to please any serious beer geek is Schuyler Schultz' "Beer, Food and Flavor."

At first glance, "Beer, Food and Flavor" resembles "The Craft of Stone Brewing Company," which is a good thing indeed.
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This is an excellent book. I have purchased the Kindle edition of this book and could not be happier with the purchase. It covers a wide variety of beer topics very thoroughly, and in and easy to understand format.I think there are a lot of beer lovers out there who know what beers they like, but not why they like it. I think this book will help those people find their voice among fellow craft beer lovers and help them articulate their perceptions to their friends. There is also some great advice of beer and food pairings, and doesn't just cover what to pair, but the why's of pairing. I think whether you are a budding craft beer enthusiast or a seasoned connoisseur, you can pick up something new and of value in this book. I've been into the craft beer scene since the early 90's, I'm an avid homebrewer, BJCP judge, and write about beer and brewing as an amateur writer and I found a lot of value in this book. I gave this book 5 stars, and would give it more if I could. Clear, concise, and informative. What more could you ask for.
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You probably like beer already (who doesn't?). But you may not be getting as much pleasure out of it as you could. Schuyler Schultz explains how the ordinary act of drinking a beer can become a meaningful celebration, particularly if accompanied by the right food. This is a great moment for beer and cuisine in America. If you want to truly savor it, let this be your guide.
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This book covers a wide variety of beers and how to pair these beers with different kinds of food. Although Schuyler uses his experience with Alesmith Brewing of San Diego, his knowledge covers all varieties of craft beers, no matter where they are brewed. He also will give you some great ideas for that next dinner that you're planning and what beers to serve with it. Great companion to many of the books available for pairing wine with food.
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I enjoy beer and enjoy food, but had never thought much about the interactions between the two. I also have to admit to becoming somewhat lost when ordering a craft beer. How do I describe what I like? And, come to think of it, what do I like? Schuyler Schultz's elegant book solves these problems in an entertaining and informative way. Clear descriptions of the beer terminology and some excellent food pairing ideas from a professional chef make this attractive book a highly useful one as well. Highly recommended!
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By RR on November 2, 2012
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I found this book to be helpful and informative on my quest to better understand beer and how it pairs with food. I am probably more fortunate than most living in San Diego I have incredible opportunities to sample a lot of the beers described in the book and visit the breweries. I would recommend this book for any one looking to expand their knowledge of beer and anyone interested in getting to know other styles of beer.
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My nephew requested this book for Christmas. After it arrived I paged through it and thought of other family members that would truly enjoy its' contents (as would I).
Would recommend this book for the beer lover in your life; includes about 10 pages just on different kinds of cheeses and what beers bring out the flavor.
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Great look at the intersection of craft beer and the slow food movement. I think it does a good job of looking at beer from the perspective of a chef who respects craft beer. That is different. Most of the beer and food books I've read come at it from the craft beer world perspective.
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