Ever since the onset of Oktoberfest, I've had beer on the brain. Naturally I decided to break out my copy of The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook. The tome is authored by John Schlimm, a descendant of the Straub beer empire. The collection, which took 10 years to compile, employs beer in every single one of its 400-plus recipes. To see what I think of the cookbook,
- Schlimm isn't afraid to experiment with beer, and his exhaustive cookbook doesn't leave behind a single category of food or drink.
- The cookbook contains well-organized chapters. Rather than dedicating one chapter to beer drinks, the author splits the drinking portion into seven different drink chapters that include chasers, party punches, and floats, and milkshakes.
- The recipes don't include recommendations for beer varieties. Would a cheddar beer soup really taste as good with an IPA as it would a stout?
- Some recipes are short on specifics. For example, one sausage recipe calls for six sausage links, rather than specifying the ounces.
Recipes: The recipes are simple, concise, and generally only a few short steps. The book covered everything, including:
- Breads, Pancakes, and Doughs — basil bread, buckwheat pancake rolls
- Wild Game — elk, bear steak, squirrel dinner for two
- Desserts — easy vanilla cake, butterscotch tarts
Imagery: There are no pictures in the book.
Overall Rating: Mixed. Pictures would have made a huge difference, but I am excited to have a new cookbook that encourages me to experiment with beer in ways I never imagined. This would make an excellent gift for a fellow beer lover.
Have you checked out this book? If so, what did you think?