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Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guideto Flavoring Food for the Grill Paperback – April 27, 2009
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"Elizabeth Karmel was born in North Carolina, weaned on pulled pork, and has spice and smoke in her bones."
—Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill
Whether you're grilling hot-and-fast or barbecuing low-and-slow, knowing how to match foods with flavors will make you a bona fide backyard BBQ master. In Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned, Elizabeth Karmel offers hundreds of savory and sweet flavorings to make the most of all your favorite foods—ribs, burgers, steaks, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruit—really, anything you can cook with fire and smoke!
Karmel offers 400 fresh, creative recipes for marinades, brines, barbecue sauces, glazes, mops, salsas, jellies, dipping sauces, and even pestos and tapenades that range from classic (Garlicky Lemon Marinade, Irene's Hot Pepper Jelly) to innovative (Fresh Cherry-Horseradish Relish, Roasted Garlic and Shallot Jam) and from sophisticated (Merlot Wine Steak Sauce, Pumpkin Butter Barbecue Sauce) to just plain fun (Elvis Is in the House Sauce, This Swine Is Mine Beer Mop). With tempting color photos throughout the book and a dazzling array of recipes, Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned will inspire you for years to come and make anything you grill exciting, fresh, and delicious.
Recipe Excerpts from Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned
Jack and Diane Steak with Whiskey Butter
Bahama Mama Marinade
Irene’s Hot Pepper Jelly
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Top Customer Reviews
What makes this an "essential book"?
First, it is unique; almost all grilling books have some recipies for rubs, mops and sauces, but this book is dedicated to them. In my opinion, it is these items that make or break what comes off the grill.
Second, the recipies are simple and easy to follow, yet the ones I have tried produce real "flavor bombs". They are intense, yet well integrated into the dish they go with. They support rather than overwhelm.
Third, the book is a teaching tool. Even the experienced chef will learn new techniques, and aquire new and useful information. For example, I learned asbout the differences in paprikas, and why different ones are preferred over others. Where I live, paprika is generic in the market, so learning about the differences, and going online to get them, produced improved results.
Fourth, and most important for most of us, it enables us to put more consistantly well flavored food in front of family and friends. Using this book has enabled me to improve much of what I cook, and I have been at the grill for a whole bunch of years.
My older son got this for me as a Christmas gift, when I was two weeks post hip replacement; I think he thought that it was time for the old man to get back to the essentials. Well, his ploy worked! We moved some snow to get at the grills and I started using these recipies. It's been a whole lot of fun!
There's one other plus, and I'm old enough to mention it without being called sexist: Ms Karmel is kind of cute.
If producing consistantly high quality food from the grill is your thing, I recommend this book to you without reservation. You'll find yourself using it a lot!
I would have to say that it is the ultimate kitchen reference for anyone who loves or even just likes to cook. In a matter of moments you can enjoy all the tips and tricks that it seems like the author has learned from all the friends she has made over the years. Buy this book, you will actually use it!
First, page through the book. Second, spend the next hour trying to decide what you want to make first!! I have used recipes from this book at least twice a week since I received it in early May. Everytime, the finished product has been a great success.
Easy to understand that I have been a huge fan of Elizabeth's for quite some time now. Her recipes are at the same time inventive and straight forward. This latest book has easily become my bible for upping the ante for every BBQ I host or attend.
The added bonus is the story line behind the recipes. Makes reading a cookbook fun.
This is a definate must have addition to Elizabeth's other books, Taming The Flame and Pizza On The Grill
The subtitle of this book says it all concisely: "A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill". This is not a how-to book on grilling. Rather, it is more of a guide on flavoring food. There are a few complete recipes with step-by-step instructions (such as Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Molasses Glaze) but the large majority of the content is formulas for flavoring foods on the grill.
The formulas are broken up logically by type, as follows: Marinades, Brines, Sauces, Glazes, Mops, Sauces/Relishes/Jellies, Sweet Sauces, Rubs/Spice Blends, Vinaigrettes, Butters, Pestos/Tapenades and finally Dipping Sauces. There is a wide variance in the combinations of flavors that the author uses to create her formulas, so there is something for everyone and there's a recipe for any conceivable food for grilling. The author also includes a short list of what foods will benefit with each formula, which is a great help in narrowing down which to use when the decision may otherwise be difficult.
I have not tried a lot of the formulas but I have tried a few of them for specific dishes where I wanted "something different" and so far every one I have tried has been a huge success with my family. As a result I tend to reach for this book before I go after any of the other grilling books I own.
This is a great book for anyone wanting to really master flavorful grilling. It is not an in-depth study on the art of grilling and it covers only the most basic grilling techniques, but with the basics in hand anyone can create wonderful, flavorful grilled foods using the formulas provided in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love BBQ, and interesting sauces/rubs and marinades you need this book. So many interesting ideas I never even considered, but made with regular easy to find ingredients.Published 29 days ago by Kelly deBluff
I love this book, It has some of the best information under one cover, the only problem I have is some of the off the wall font colors were a little hard to readPublished 1 month ago by DJ
If you do grilling, smoking, and like to experiment with different ways of cooking the same meat, this is a really nice reference to those techniques in one book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by George
Will take years but looking forward to every recipe. Have done the brined turkey 3 times, always fabulous!Published 19 months ago by Roy Ann Gregory
Very good book with tons of ideas and sauces. My husband likes to cook and he is always going back to this book for ideas. We gave this book as a gift and they loved it as well.Published 19 months ago by BARBARA