As we head back to school and look forward to the holidays and then (yay) a New Year Workman Publishing has all kinds of books, calendars and gifts for back to school and something for everyone on your Christmas list. We are a big BBQ’ing family, my husband has the grill or smoker fired up everyone weekend so there were plenty of food related books in the Workman Catalog so we decided to give a couple a try and for me, the A Year of Gratitude Page-A-Day Calendar 2021 gives me something to have on my desk to remind me that during all of this craziness there is still so so much to be grateful for. Let’s take a look at each.
The Brisket Chronicles is 256 pages of meat goodness, everything from recipes to techniques for braising, smoking and curing what a lot of people consider to be the most epic piece of meat. There is one thing for sure about brisket, it puts fear in many cooks whether they are seasoned professionals or that backyard guy that just bought a smoker.
Brisket is a large piece of meat and can be fairly pricey. It is tough by nature and requires special love and care to ensure it comes out tender, juicy and full of flavor and not just $50 thrown in the trash can. The Brisket Chronicles details how each cooking method, helps you overcome the toughness of the meat. One of the best parts of smoking a brisket is the burnt ends, which may not sound good, but they come from the point part of the brisket which is also the most fatty. After a long, low smoke that fat breaks down, the bark on the outside gets crusty and it is literally meat candy when done right. Tuffy Stone is a legend in BBQ and this book includes his recipe for burnt ends which is worth its weight in gold. This book is a must read for anyone attempting to make a $50 piece of tough fatty meat into a work of art that will be the hit of your next BBQ.
The Barbecue Bible is a huge 556 page book that contains over 500 recipes, plus techniques and info that will make you a grill master. This book breaks down each cut of meat on a cow, tells you the pros and cons of it and how to cook it. But this book is not limited to beef alone.
You ever heard of spatchcocking a chicken? Sounds difficult, but it is not difficult at all and this book breaks down each step with color pics. This technique is essentially removing the back bone of the chicken which allows us to flatten it out for better presentation, plus it cooks more evenly and quicker. It’s got everything: how to grill the perfect T-bone. Succulent chicken from around the world: Jamaica, Senegal, Brazil, India, Thailand, Uruguay. A perfect meeting of fire and ice: Fire-Roasted Banana Splits. Includes FAQs, problem-solving tips, and comprehensive notes on equipment, ingredients, marinades, rubs—even a chapter on thirst-quenchers to serve while you’re busy fanning the coals.
Right now it can be hard to see the positivity in the world with all that is going on around us. I try to look at our family, our home and still be positive, but sometimes we need that extra nudge sitting on our desk to help us out. A Year of Gratitude, inspired by the book Everyday Gratitude from A Network for Grateful Living (a global organization that promotes mindful gratitude), delivers a clear message. On every page is a quote (“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need.” —Jerome K. Jerome) and a prompt for contemplation and self-discovery (How can I lighten my load and lighten my life?) Or a Grateful Practice, such as filling a jar with moments of gratitude, to reflect on when you’re in need of some light.
- Features hundreds of meditations, quotes, and reminders to appreciate every moment
- Introducing new eco-friendly cardboard backer and larger page size!
- Printed on FSC-certified paper
All of these books and more can be purchased from Amazon and the entire catalog of offerings from Workman can be found on their website. Pickup a gift for yourself or a friend today!