Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on: Butter: A Rich History by Elaine Khosrova.
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
The delicious kitchen staple we so often take for granted is not merely a stick tucked into our refrigerator door. It’s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. From its accidental invention in a long-ago herder’s pouch to its ubiquitous presence in the world’s most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss. Now, it finally gets its due.
Award-winning food writer and chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself. From the ancient butter bogs of Ireland to the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Butter is about so much more than food. Khosrova details its surprisingly vital role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, even spirituality and art. 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. She even includes the essential collection of carefully developed core butter recipes, from beurre manié and croissants to pâte brisée and the perfect buttercream frosting, and provides practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home–no churning necessary.
I have gotten really interested in the history of our food and where it comes from. I love to cook and I like making up new dishes and one thing that I have learned is that all dishes need a little bit of fat to be flavorful, but at the same time the internet bombards us with low-fat, low-carb diets.
I would be really interested in learning more about where butter stands in our culture because it is so easy to take a simple ingredient you use or ingest everyday and not see its deeper significance.
We have a deeper relationship with the world than we think and I am curious to see what role butter plays in that.
What is your most anticipated book?