My husband and son have a serious love of all things spicy. My garden is currently growing 6 different kinds of hot peppers that we dehydrate to use year round. My son believes hot sauce belongs on everything. Who am I to tell him that macaroni and cheese shouldn’t be spicy, right? Well, when I got the chance to review Hot Sauce from Storey Publishing I knew the family would be thrilled! Keep reading to find out more about this book and then enter to win your own copy! I will have a recipe for you to try out in a few weeks so come back again soon!
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Hot Sauce! by Jennifer Trainer Thompson
Title: Hot Sauce!
Subtitle: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started; Includes 60 Recipes for Using Your Hot Sauces
Author: Jennifer Trainer Thompson
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2012)
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Pages/Format: 192 pages (paperback)
My Rating: 5
From the Publisher:
Here are 32 recipes for making your own signature hot sauces, ranging from mild to blisteringly hot, as well as 60 recipes that use homemade or commercial hot sauces in everything from barbeque and Buffalo wings to bouillabaisse and black-bean soup. Try making chowders, tacos, ribs, salads, seafood, and more. There are even recipes for scorchingly delicious cocktails, like Daiquiri Diablo and Slow-Burn Martinis. Author Jennifer Trainer Thompson, recognized as a leader in the spicy foods movement for her cookbooks and four hot sauce posters, has talked about hot sauce on hundreds of talk shows, including Live with Regis and Good Morning America. She has traveled her own personal “Trail of Flame,” speaking at conventions and in the media about hot foods, and serving as guest chef at Hot Nights at restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, and the Berkshires.
About the Author:
Jennifer Trainer Thompson is the author of numerous cookbooks, including Hot Sauce and The Fresh Egg Cookbook. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and has written for Yankee, Travel & Leisure, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and other publications. Thompson is the chef/creator of Jump Up and Kiss Me, an all-natural line of spicy foods. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family and a flock of backyard chickens.
Hot Sauce! starts out with the very basics…everything you need to know about the history of hot sauce, the types of peppers needed to create them, different varieties of vinegars you may want to try and tips you want to keep in mind when playing with spicy peppers. I honestly never really thought about how different countries utilized different types of peppers. The author even includes a beer pairing guide to help you wash down the spicy meal you create!
The cookbook portion of the book is divided into 2 main sections: The recipes for the hot sauces themselves and then recipes to make that USE those hot sauces. The hot sauce recipes are very easy to understand and have only a few steps involved in creating them. Each recipe tells you exactly how much hot sauce you are going to get at the end of the process and there is a list of suggested recipes with page numbers to try them in. Other than the peppers themselves, the ingredients are almost all easily found in your pantry or traditional super market.
The last section of the book is the recipes where you can actually use the hot sauce you just created. They range from spicy martinis, roasted corn chowder, BBQ, condiments and many others. They range from simple to slightly more exotic so you should be able to find something that fits your taste.
I really liked the author’s appendix where she discusses how to get into the hot sauce business. If you have created your own signature sauce and want to know how to turn your hobby into a business, she offers some good ideas.
Overall, I love this book. It is filled with bold, colorful pictures and the variety of recipes really provides something for everyone’s taste. If you are a fan of spicy foods, I think you will really enjoy this cookbook.
Storey Publishing has given me permission to give one of my readers a copy of Hot Sauce! for themselves. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Just follow the directions below to enter to win. This contest ends at midnight EST on August 3rd, 2012.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.