EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT JANUARY 27th, 2012. FIND THE WINNERS HERE. -Christina
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh….Do I love this book!
I’m going to leave this book review short & sweet. I promise.
Molly Steven’s All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking is one of my kitchen bibles, along with How to Cook Everything, The Flavor Bible, Wild Fermentation and Put ‘Em Up. Since Miles’ multiple food allergy diagnosis over 2 years ago (wow…2 years. huh) I have had to learn to cook meat. I wasn’t much of a meat eater and was 80% vegetarian through my late teens all throughout my 20′s (80% Vegetarian just means that if I ate at someone’s house who graciously made a meal that included meat I would gladly eat it as they have taken the time to create food for me to enjoy.). Once we realized Miles couldn’t enjoy gluten, wheat, soy or nuts- meaning no tempeh or tofu or seitan- we turned towards eating more meat along with other good sources of protein. We eat a lot of meat in my family now. Which is a big change. For me. This change has come with meeting some amazing animals (Barry) on farms and farmers, most notably Joshua & Stefanie Rockwood, owners of West Wind Acres. I consider them friends and I’m happy to enjoy their humanly raised and everything-free meat products daily.
Basically, this book has taught me basic fool-proof techniques and flavor combinations to create super-easy and delicious meals using vegetables, beans, fish, meat and poultry. Again, let me stress that this book is not soley a meat-eaters book, as there is a good-sized section on vegetables & beans.
Braising is basically browning meat, fish or vegetables in fat then simmering it in a little bit of liquid in low heat for a period of time in a closed vessel (or baking dish with tinfoil over top!). Tender Tender Tender. Juicy, tender morsels of flavorful bites in your mouth. And its easy. Not “turn on the crockpot and leave for 8 hours of work” easy, but “easy enough” that its not complicated in steps & techniques and as Mark Bittman says in his recipes, there is very little “active time”. Meaning most of the work is done for you during the slow braise in the oven. These are the types of meals that will satisfy you for days. I will make a batch of Braised Cabbage or Braised Leeks and have it a side dish for the entire week. (I have spoken the glories of Molly’s Braised Cabbage in my St. Patrick’s Day post about creating my own corned beef.) The other nice thing about this book is Ms. Stevens peppers the book with equipment, ingredient and technique tips & tricks. Invaluable. Especially for a notice home-cook like myself.
As for the recipes themselves: All of her chicken recipes are out of this world, so are all the vegetable-based recipes. I have dabbled in the beef, seafood and pork departments with 100% success. All & all, this book is a winner time & time again for our family and I highly suggest picking up a copy at your local library to take it on a test drive.
One of our family’s favorites? On Saturdays, I buy fresh scallops from Purda Vida Fisheries and that evening, I go to town. A-MAZING!
Okay, now the fun part- THE GIVEAWAY!
- This giveaway is for 1 hardcover copy of Molly Steven’s All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking.
The author nor the publisher is aware of this giveaway, we are purchasing the book ourselves.
- Open to US residents only (sorry!)
- Giveaway ends at midnight Friday, January 27th, 2012
The winner will be announced next Saturday, January 28st at the beginning of the “giveaway #3 post.
- We will pick the winning comment randomly via random.org.
- All entries will be in the form of a comment BELOW. You can comment up to 2 times by doing the following:
1st comment: answer this: Have you created a braised dish before? If so, what was it? And if the recipe is available online- link to it! I’m always up for new braising recipes- yum yum!
2nd comment:“friend” us on Facebook or post this giveaway on your Facebook page, then comment below that you did so.
Again, ALL entries (up to two total) need to be in the form of a two separate comments below. Other comments on other posts (or on Facebook or Twitter) will not count towards this giveaway.
THANKS FOR ENTERING AND GOOD LUCK!