All About Braising
This seems like the cookbook to get if one is interested in braising.... I'm about to purchase it from Amazon, but if I should get something from Wolfert or Keller.
My husband likes a good osso buco and made a fantastic short rib the other night, but wants to expand his repertoire. He loves our le creuset's of various sizes.
any must try recipes from the book, too, would be appreciated.
It is not a book I have been interested let alone compelled to buy. Braising is somethign I just do naturally much of the winter. I don't need a book that duplicates many of the recipes I have in other books, if I feel I need a recipe.
Short Ribs Braised in Porter Ale With Maple-Rosemary Glaze. My husband says this is the best thing I have ever made for him.
my comments here
I also really like Braised Pork Chops & Creamy Cabbage. Recipe is paraphrased here
here are some previous discussions
Just so you know, I found my copy really cheap on half.com, for $7, and it was brand new.
I've made two recipes from it, Moroccan chicken with olives and preserved lemon and sausages and plums braised in red wine and both were terrific. If you're a very experienced cook, it may not be that helpful, but it gives great, detailed instructions on how to braise, and the author is a compelling enough writer that I like to read the cookbook in bed. Of course, then I get so hungry that I can't fall asleep :)
I just bought this book at Kitchen Arts & Letters which, if you ain't from New York, is a cookbook store run by and staffed with very knowledgable people. They all said that the great thing about the book is that if you use it, you will become so proficient at braising that you will outgrow it. It is full of discussion of braising as well as recipes. I love it so far. I am very glad that I bought it, as I am not yet an expert braiser. If you already are one, it might not be that useful for you.
I recently bought the book too--at EBay for $11.50 (haven't received it yet though) so I would say AppleSister got a much better deal at half.com! You go, girl! (didn't even know that the website existed til now) I'm pretty comfortable with braising but decided to purchase the book after trying the Pork Chops Braised with Creamy Cabbage and reading all the other raves here; that recipe was just delicious.