The Beer Kitchen

Confession time. I do not like beer or wine. I know I am in the minority here, but they just aren't my beverages of choice. I've tried. My husband always tells me "you can work to acquire a taste for it" to which I reply, "I could work to acquire a taste for cauliflower, but I don't think beer and wine are a priority for me." That being said, I love to cook with both. Sounds crazy right? I love the flavor of beer in soups, roasts and even bread so I was super excited to dive into Melissa Cole's The Beer Kitchen: The Art and Science of Cooking, & Pairing, with Beer.

Melissa is a beer goddess. She has authored two previous titles The Little Book of Craft Beer and Let Me Tell You About Beer. She is an award-winning writer and is considered the UK's foremost expert on beer and food. The Beer Kitchen shares over 70 recipes from fondue to fried chicken. Right now, I am in a huge vinegar phase (that has lasted for years) and I am going to make the Beer vinegar soon to be followed by the Fabulous fried chicken. The Beer cheese soup is begging to be made for Super Bowl this weekend. That's it fried chicken and beer cheese soup, menu planned.

The photography throughout this book is spectacular and Melissa's knowledge from choosing the right beer for the job to dos and don'ts while cooking with the beverage is immensely valuable.  I love everything about this title - the range of recipes, the beer education and the photography - it is an incredible book!

Our   takes you inside this title and features the following 


Special thanks to Hardie Grant for providing us with the materials for our EYBD preview as well as offering three books in our giveaway below. 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, AU and NZ. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • happybread  on  1/30/2019 at 2:25 PM

    I would try the fried chicken first - no brainer!

  • merkusje  on  1/30/2019 at 2:56 PM

    Chicken, bacon, cheese & leek pie 

  • jmay42066  on  1/30/2019 at 6:14 PM

    Beer-brined corned beef

  • matag  on  1/30/2019 at 9:09 PM

    Granddad biscuits

  • MiMi60  on  1/31/2019 at 1:09 PM

    Granddad biscuits

  • LAURA1960LOVESTOCOOK  on  1/31/2019 at 6:11 PM

    Granddad biscuits

  • GillB  on  2/1/2019 at 3:41 AM

    Hummus and flexible flatbreads

  • sarahawker  on  2/1/2019 at 12:32 PM

    Fluffiest falafel

  • kmn4  on  2/1/2019 at 3:27 PM

    Beer chutney

  • lapsapchung  on  2/2/2019 at 1:37 AM

    Versatile beer poached chicken

  • Uhmandanicole  on  2/2/2019 at 1:49 AM

    Beer-brined pork chops with blue cheese polenta

  • Livia  on  2/2/2019 at 2:40 AM

    Beer-brined steak sandwich sounds delicious

  • RSW  on  2/2/2019 at 4:08 PM

    Flexible flatbreads

  • htomren  on  2/2/2019 at 5:58 PM

    Spanish-style rabbit with honey beer

  • LaurenE  on  2/2/2019 at 7:22 PM

    Beer chutney

  • nacho2100  on  2/3/2019 at 11:03 AM

    Lambic red onions

  • jezpurr  on  2/3/2019 at 10:16 PM

    Orange beer ice cream with beery chocolate tart!!!^_^

  • banba1  on  2/4/2019 at 11:35 PM

    Proper Scotch eggs

  • EmilyR  on  2/4/2019 at 11:38 PM

    Sichuan aubergine

  • popoff  on  2/5/2019 at 3:07 PM

    Goat's cheese, prosciutto & pea purée filo cups

  • Amandaspamanda  on  2/6/2019 at 2:13 PM

    Versatile beer-poached chicken - I want to try roasting a whole chicken this way~!

  • JenjiRM  on  2/6/2019 at 3:59 PM

    Beer-brined steak sandwich

  • Dendav  on  2/9/2019 at 3:16 PM

    Fried chicken.

  • virjeania  on  2/9/2019 at 8:56 PM

    I've always wanted to make Proper Scotch eggs

  • kaivulagi  on  2/9/2019 at 9:31 PM

    I'd make the spicy bean breakfast tortilla. Yum.

  • a1apple  on  2/10/2019 at 7:28 PM

    My mum’s spag bol

  • edyenicole  on  2/13/2019 at 7:21 PM

    the fried chicken!!

  • Karla123  on  2/16/2019 at 10:11 AM

    Fluffiest falafel!

  • GregH  on  2/16/2019 at 7:40 PM

    Chicken, bacon, cheese & leek pie

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