• Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova

REVIEW

A pastry chef and food writer offers a abundant history of her admired ingredient.

Whether served simply with a loaf of country aliment in Ireland, bankrupt into aerial layers of pastry to accomplish a French croissant, or alike alloyed into a able tea to actuate Nepalese Sherpas up the ancillary of Mount Everest, adulate is a all-over and acutely universally beloved ingredient. As a above pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America and the founding editor of culture, a annual about specialty cheese, Khosrova has continued relied on accustomed saturated fats for her craft. After affective her ancestors to the Hudson Valley, area she lives between two dairy farms, the columnist grew added absorbed in how we started bistro dairy fat and the altered means it is acclimated about the world. No one knows exactly aback bodies started bistro butter, but one approach is poetic—Stone Age nomads stored milk in beastly skins, and as they catholic by horseback, the skins jostled abundant to agitate the milk into butter. From there, Khosrova takes us through the history, from the sacred—Tibetan Buddhists accept used butter sculptures in their rituals for centuries; it additionally had airy meaning in Hindu and Celtic cultures—to the commonplace (in Europe and the New World, butter has been a mainstay of the abridgement for the aftermost four centuries) to the reviled (the low-fat chic of the 20th aeon and the acceleration of butter alternatives like margarine) to the accepted (from Sweden to the Napa Valley, artisanal butter-making is back). In the final third of the book, the author shows readers what to do with her admired subject, alms a “greatest hits” account of recipes for aggregate from croissants and scones to the perfect buttercream frosting, a cottony béchamel sauce, and alike algid smoked butter. Khosrova hits her stride with the recipes; the history allocation has some charming anecdotes and absorbing facts but is hindered by its attenuated focus.

A appetizing but limited history of butter.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

“Edifying from every point of view--historical, cultural, and culinary.” —David Tanis, author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
 
It’s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. Ubiquitous in the world’s most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss. Here, it finally gets its due.

After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself.

From its humble agrarian origins to its present-day artisanal glory, butter has a fascinating story to tell, and Khosrova is the perfect person to tell it. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of Ireland, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, and even spirituality and art. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, including beurre manié, croissants, pâte brisée, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, as well as practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home--or shopping for the best.

“A fascinating, tasty read . . . And what a bonus to have a collection of essential classic butter recipes included.” —David Tanis, author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

“Following the path blazed by Margaret Visser in Much Depends on Dinner, Elaine Khosrova makes much of butter and the ruminants whose milk man churns. You will revel in dairy physics. And you may never eat margarine again.” —John T.  Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Butter proves that close study can reveal rich history, lore, and practical information. All that and charm too.” —Mimi Sheraton, author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

“Irresistible and fascinating . . . This is one of those definitive books on a subject that every cook should have.” —Elisabeth Prueitt, co-owner of Tartine Bakery

“The history of one of the most delectable ingredients throughout our many cultures and geography over time is wonderfully churned and emulsified in Khosrova’s Butter . . . Delightful storytelling.” —Elizabeth Falkner, author of Demolition Desserts: Recipes from Citizen Cake

Butter: A Rich History

  • BookButter: A Rich History
  • Author:Elaine Khosrova
  • ISBN:1616203641
  • ISBN-13:9781616203641
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2016-11-15
  • Publisher:Algonquin Books
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:368