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Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table.
Yet unlike wine, there just aren’t many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. Julia Herz and Gwen Conley are here to change that.
As you start your journey, you’ll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor. Just as important, you’ll become a tasting Anarchist–throw out the conventional advice and figure out what works for you! Then, on to the pairing. Begin with beer styles, start with your favorite foods, or join the authors on a series of wild palate trips. From classics like barbecue ribs with American Brown Ale to unusual matches like pineapple upside-down cake with Double India Pale Ale, you’ll learn why some pairings stand the test of time and you’ll find plenty of new ideas as well. With complete information for planning beer dinners and cooking with beer, tips from pro brewers, and geek-out science features, Julia and Gwen will make sure you never look at beer–or food–the same way again!
Julia Herz is the Brewer’s Associations Craft Beer Program Director, co-authored the association’s Craftbeer.com Beer & Food Course, is a homebrewer, a BJCP beer judge and a Certified Cicerone. Gwen Conley is Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey’s Directory of Brewery Production and Quality Assurance and has judged beer at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer festival. The author’s know their beer and they have written one of the best books available on pairing beer and food. They begin with the essentials, covering the elements of beer, how we perceive, how to taste beer and the essentials of pairing beer with food. A chapter that walks the reader through a series of beer tasting exercises (they call them palate trips) builds tasting skills through experience. The authors then discuss pairing beer by style, pairing beer with cheese, chocolate, and other foods. They conclude with a chapter on beer dinners and a chapter on cooking with beer. The book is well written and attractively illustrated. Each chapter has brief interviews or articles by leading brewers, chefs and beer writers on beer and food. The book is an enjoyable read, a study guide, and an important resource.
I highly recommend this book for anyone even slightly interested in beer and food pairing. The authors take the readers from the very basics of sensory tasting to planning, preparing the food (cooked with beer!), and hosting an informative formal (or casual) beer and food pairing dinner. The conversational, easy going writing style in which the material is presented coupled with the volume of information pertaining to all aspects of beer and food pairing makes this book a very pleasurable read and is a valuable source of information that I will always be able to use in the future. My personal favorite section was chapter 5 that outlines several different “palate trips”. These “trips” describe in detail how to set up pairings with different styles of beer and different food types, what sensations and interactions and tastes to look for, are they home runs or train wrecks. Interesting stuff! Great book! Three of my wine-loving friends (who I have been trying to convert to beer for years) are going to find this book under their Christmas trees!
When it comes to writing about beer pairing, Julia Herz and Gwen Conley are two of the most qualified people in craft beer today. Whether you’re just learning about beer pairing or you’re experienced and looking for new ideas, there’s plenty to like in “Beer Pairing.” The early chapters walk the reader through beer basics like how we perceive taste and how to set up a beer tasting. For me, the heart of the book is summed up on page 68 with “Pairing in a Nutshell.” Chapter 6, “Pairing by Beer Style,” is the longest, and most essential. It alone would make the book worth the money, but there’s a lot more. I especially enjoyed the Geek Out sections and the Q & A’s with authorities like Garrett Oliver and John Holl. Personal stories from the authors, like Herz’s aha moment about an intensity match at a Great American Beer Festival, liven up the reading, too. I haven’t looked at the ebook, but I recommend the hardcover, in part, because of the beautiful photographs, tables and Geek Out boxes. Plus, this is a book you’ll want to mark up and refer back to many times.
- Title: Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros
- Autor: Julia Herz
- Publisher (Publication Date): Voyageur Press (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 076034843X
- ISBN-13: | 978-0760348437
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