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On September 4, 2013, Chef Cooper D. Brunk released “The Craft Beer Kitchen: An elevated approach to cooking with beer” for Kindle download on Amazon.com. The book serves two purposes: to share Chef Brunk’s beer centric recipes and to generate charitable donations to fight hunger in the United States. This cookbook incorporates beer into every recipe and is written with the educated beer drinker in mind. Some of the recipes showcase craft beer as the main flavor, while others provide just a hint of brew.
There are over 100 recipes, from Appetizers, Soups and Salads to Entrees and Desserts, varying in palettes of flavors and difficulty of preparation. Noteworthy recipes include the Scotch Egg, a hard boiled egg surrounded in Italian sausage and served with a Wee Heavy Mustard Sauce, and the Simple Roast Chicken Rubbed with IPA Butter. The flavorful Grilled Rack of Lamb with White Bean Stew and Smoked Porter Peach Reserves inspires you to test your culinary skills, and the hearty German Beer Spaetzle with Sauteed Swiss Chard, Bacon, and Fried Egg makes you crave the meal.
The “Desserts” section does not disappoint your sweet tooth. The Cherry Berry Lambic Crisp utilizes Kriek lambic in a match made in heaven – it is mixed with cherries, covered in crumble topping, baked, and served with vanilla ice cream. In another clever combination of beer and food, “Beeramisu” is a tiramisu made with beer soaked lady fingers.
The Craft Beer Kitchen reads easily and is written clearly enough that everyone from amateur chefs to experienced homebrewers can succeed in preparing the most complex dishes described in the book. Chef Brunk’s love for cooking and beer is shown not only through his recipes, but also by the alluring photographs he personally took of the finished creations. At the current cost of $3.99 for Kindle download, it is definitely a worthy purchase – even more so when you learn that $1 from every purchase will be donated to a hunger relief charity. To learn more about The Craft Beer Kitchen, visit its Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/thecraftbeerkitchen.
Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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