“The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook”

15 May

Imagine my delight when I returned from a 4-day business trip to Kentucky and found this beautiful volume in my mailbox. The University of Kentucky Press has crafted a rather handsome piece of work. And who knew bourbon was such a versatile spirit?

The book begins, no big surprise here, with a thorough sampling of drink recipes. Highlights include The Presbyterian, The Seelbach, The Missouri Mule, and The Tropical Itch. You’ll even find a recipe for “George Washington’s Grog,” which combines bourbon, spices, butter and Madeira.

The plentiful food-oriented recipes are broken down seasonally – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Author Albert Schmid has gathered some real winners such as Chicken Kentuckiana, Rock Shrimp Jenkins (sounds like an old bluesman), Drunken Vidalias, Bourbon Steak Au Poivre, Applesauce Cake with Bourbon Frosting, and a sinful Kentucky Bourbon-Pecan Creme Brulee with Chocolate Sauce.  

The book’s colorful photography and thick, sturdy stock add to its overall sensory appeal. So let’s raise a glass of Woodford Reserve or Maker’s Mark and toast Mr. Schmid and our new friends at UK Press for a job well done. “Bourbon – it’s not just for cocktail hour anymore.”

Once considered merely the tipple of southern gentlemen or a nostalgic ingredient in a Mint Julep, bourbon has enjoyed a steady resurgence in popularity over the years with an ever-expanding and diverse audience. Distilled almost exclusively in Kentucky, bourbon has attained prominence and won recognition for its complexity, history, and tradition.

In The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook, Albert Schmid provides readers with his best collection of recipes using the famous Bluegrass spirit. From classic Kentucky cocktails such as the Mint Julep, to bourbon-inspired desserts, such as Bourbon-Pecan Crème Brûlée with Chocolate Sauce, and more savory fare, such as Steaks with Bourbon Ginger Sauce, this book supplies recipes for every course. Schmid uses the seasons of the year to guide the reader through this rich collection of bourbon dishes and color photographs. In many ways a study on the flavor profiles that pair with and improve the flavor of bourbon, this book can be used by the home cook and professional chef alike. The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook also recounts bourbon lore, food traditions, and Kentucky history.

Albert Schmid has worked as an executive chef and currently teaches at Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and is the author of The Hospitality Manager’s Guide to Wines, Beers, and Spirits.

http://www.kentuckypress.com

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