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Beer – A Cookbook: Good Food Made Better with Beer

Beer – A Cookbook: Good Food Made Better with Beer

Beer - A Cookbook: Good Food Made Better with Beer

Crack It. Cook It. Eat It.Contains 40+ damn-good dishes made with your favorite ingredient: beer.Spicy Beer-Soaked ShrimpSauced MeatballsDrunk Cheddar SoupPub ChopsBeer-Buttered SteakTailgate SalmonThree-Beer ChiliChocolate Stout Lava Cake

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  1. I loves me some Amazon
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Full of weak sauce, June 12, 2012
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    This review is from: Beer – A Cookbook: Good Food Made Better with Beer (Hardcover)

    As a massive lover of beer (both imbibing and cooking with it) I was truly excited about this book’s potential. I waited by the door and mauled the delivery man with a giant hug. I had the fridge stocked with beers of various styles, ready to immediately partake in some cooking magic. Alas, my smile vanished once I opened the box.

    The recipes are organized in a meaningful manner, e.g. “Starters”, “Sides”, “Main Dishes”, and “Desserts.” They’re also ranked with three levels of difficulty, although I’m not entirely sure what criteria was used to make those decisions. They’re ALL easy.

    The book is printed on thick cardboard, the kind used in children’s books. I guess this is good if you’re drinking the beer while cooking and make a big mess, but it just feels chintzy. On the good side, the spine is bound in such a manner that the book holds itself open at whatever page you’re working with.

    While every page has a picture, there are no pictures of the actual recipes. None. Nada. Zip. The publishing page at the front says it all: “Interior photographs copyright istockphoto.” Heck, some recipe pages have a picture of a DIFFERENT meal entirely. For example, the effort- and baking-free recipe for Beer Balls has a picture of baked dough balls on a cooking sheet. This is immensely frustrating for a cooking book — there should be a picture of what you’re making, or no picture at all.

    The recipes themselves are insanely simple, even the ones classified as “hard.” Perhaps my expectations were unreasonably high, but I was hoping for some exciting and novel new recipes to try, not just another “beer fondue” and “beer beans” recipe. This is a good book for a college dorm room, perhaps.

    Personally, I do not recommend this book. You can get the same content (perhaps better) by just performing a web search for “beer recipes.”

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  2. F. D. Gillett "Comparison Shopper"
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It was a learning experience., September 19, 2012
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    F. D. Gillett “Comparison Shopper” (NW Kansas) –
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    This review is from: Beer – A Cookbook: Good Food Made Better with Beer (Hardcover)
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    I won’t say that I frequently add beer to food I’m preparing but have added beer to a recipe now and then in the past. This cookbook did open my eyes to some additional possibilities that I had not considered before. On the other side, there were a few recipes I flat wouldn’t consider making.

    If I were more of a beer aficionado I would most likely have enjoyed the recipes a bit more but I have to admit I’d prefer an iced tea or coffee over an iced beer on a hot day. In several recipes the beer taste came through too strongly for my personal preference. Yet in others the tastes blended together very well. Since I’m not a big beer drinker I couldn’t follow the author’s suggestions for use of some more unusual beers since I wasn’t willing to buy something that might end up being tossed out.

    For the recipes and information (the author seems to be quite knowledgable on the subject of beer) provided in the book I would give 4 stars maybe deducting 1/2 star for the lack of pictures of the recipes in the book. But, the book feels and looks cheap. I’ve seen other reviewers comment it has the feel of a cardboard child’s book to which I agree. Although I like the concepts of the recipes I wouldn’t even give this book as a gag gift because it looks and feels just plain cheesy and cheap, not the sort of thing I want to be known for giving. That’s the reason for a 3-star rating.

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