Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cookbook review: Sauces

Sauces by James Peterson ($32.97 at Amazon) is, you know, a book about sauces. It's a big book, and probably a lot of you are thinking, "Why should I bother with trying to make hollandaise sauce when it's all I can do to throw something in the microwave at the end of the day?" But the term "sauce" includes a lot of things, including salad dressing, roux, and gravy in addition to bearnaise and the like. You may not ever make your own eggs Benedict, but hey, everybody loves gravy.

This is a good all-purpose reference/recipe book on pretty much every sauce known to man, so if you're ready to totally impress everybody next Thanksgiving with a gravy that's not made from a powder (ewwwwww), this is the way to go.

Side note: at my wedding, a friend pitched in and made eggs Benedict, complete with fresh hollandaise sauce, for everyone one morning. Guess how popular he was.

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