Braising season is here, and as brisket is highly braise-worthy, let the giving begin with The Brisket Book by Stephanie Pierson (Andrews McMeel, 2011). Brisket stories, facts, anatomy, selection, butchering, interviews with professionals — Pierson immersed herself in all things brisket to create this love story. There's even a song.
And recipes! When you weary of brisket-plus-wine-plus-slow-cooker, you've got a couple dozen alternatives from the likes of Joan Nathan, John Besh, Daniel Boulud, Coleman Andrews and Nach Waxman. (I've made several, and still counting. ... )
A little heads-up to sharpen your competitive urge: Because of the long connection of brisket and cholent, The Brisket Book is pretty Jewish-flavored, you Hanukkah celebrators.
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