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500 Best Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades and More Paperback – August 20, 2009
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This book shows us the way to real homemade flavor. (Donna Cronk Indianapolis Courier-Times 2009-10-24)
About the Author
George Geary is a food writer and author who teaches 200 cooking classes every year. He is the author of The Cheesecake Bible.
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A marathon of marinades take taste buds around the globe from South-of-the-Border to the Deep South and Asia to the Caribbean. A sensational slate of salad dressings and vinaigrettes, like Pecan Pesto Dressing, pleases palates. Rubs and barbecue sauces run the grilling gamut from All-American to exotic flavors. Infused butters and made-from-scratch condiments spice up everything from biscuits to burgers. More than 50 pasta sauces turn angel hair to ziti into mouth-watering masterpieces. Dessert sauces such as Deep Dark Truffle Sauce are worth every mouth-watering calorie. And, tons of timely tips make menu pairings a breeze.
As an avid foodie, I highly recommend 500 Best Sauces, Salad Dressings, Marinades & More as a gift for cooking enthusiasts or addition to any cookbook collection. Time to start dinner. On tonight's menu: Cabernet Sauvignon Vinaigrette, Bolognese Sauce with Fettuccine and White Chocolate Macadamia Midnight Sauce over cheesecake.
If you know basic food preparation, with these recipes you can create an almost infinite variety of dishes. If I'd had this years ago, I probably could have skipped many of the cookbooks on my shelves.
This would be perfect paired with a cookbook that teaches cooking techniques would be a perfect gift for someone who is starting their culinary education. They would use this one for a lifetime.
And no, this review isn't from the author or publisher, the cookbook is just that good!
Love that it covers everything from marinades to dressings to dessert toppings.. and that is only a few. I love penne ala vodka and make a sauce I just love,but wanted to try the one in the book. Although, the color was almost white compared to the "pink" sauce..it was excellent. Flavors were delish and nice and creamy. I used the fresh roma tomatoes as recipe suggested. When I noticed the color was so light.. i went ahead and grabbed half a can diced tomatoes..hoping the color would change to pink. It didn't at first,but after a bit.. maybe 10min of sitting it turned a light pink color..so who knows..again flavors were excellent. Book is excellent.. you will love having in your cookbook collection.
The Intro explains the tools and equipment to have and what they are used for. This section explains common and other ingredients, such as oils, vinegars, sugars, dairy, produce, vegetables, spices, herbs, seasonings, extracts, nuts, seeds, chocolate, lettuces and more. The author describes what each item is like, what it is for, where to buy it in the store and what to look for when buying it. This info is perfect for a beginner like me!
As the title implies, there are 500 recipes for sauces, dressings, marinades, rubs, spreads, condiments, salsas, relishes, stock and more! There is a brief summary at the beginning of each section. The recipes give tips, indicates how much the recipe will make, suggests what type of meat to use the recipe with, lists the ingredients needed and the steps on how to make it.
There are a few charts too. A Meat Marinade Chart suggests the type of meat, type of marinade to use and the marinating time. An Internal Temperature for Cooked Meats chart lists types and cuts of meat and the internal temperatures for doneness. A Pairing Sauces with Pasta chart indicates the type of sauce and suggested pastas to use. There are Barbecue Sauces and Dry-Semidry Rubs charts too, which list the type of meat and the suggested sauces or rubs to use and how to use them.
The recipes seem very simple with everyday ingredients. I am a beginner and I don't see many off the wall or hard to get ingredients, like I find in most books. I have most of the ingredients for many recipes, but I will still have to go to the store for some ingredients, especially fresh ones. Overall, the recipes look like they will be easy to make and delicious.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
tons of sauces...salad dressings etc....well worth the money....saves time....just buy itPublished 2 months ago by vicki
Was a gift for my spouse really enjoying it amazon customerPublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book if you buy sauces and don't make them yourself. Tasty recipes.Published 22 months ago by Robert Thanski