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ST. LOUIS - Anheuser-Busch is looking to help consumers enjoy "eating" beer, via a planned January launch of "The Anheuser-Busch Cookbook: Great Food Great Beer," which features recipes that include beer as an ingredient, as well as beer pairings information and recommendations.
"Beer is one of the most versatile, moderate alcohol beverages in the world, and pairs well with a range of cuisines by complementing, and not overpowering, complex flavors," said Brent Wertz, executive chef at Anheuser-Busch's Kingsmill Resort & Spa and the spokesperson for Great Food Great Beer. "Beer adds pizzazz to any menu and with Great Food Great Beer we want to help provide culinary enthusiasts with a fun, creative twist when preparing dishes. As detailed in the book, beer should be paired carefully with the right dish to bring out the best of both."
The book, which is published by Sunset Books; January 2008; $24.95/Softcover with flaps contains 185 recipes for pairing beer with dishes that range from appetizers to desserts. For each recipe, it takes into account the aroma, bouquet, taste, and body of a variety of beer styles, and offers a wide range of recipes for casual weeknights and special occasions.
Some of the recipes include:
- Spicy shrimp cakes with corn salsa
- Tuna ceviche with cumin and chile
- Pulled chicken sandwiches
- Grilled green tomatoes with salsa
- Chicken stew with saffron
- Pork skewers with Moroccan spices
- Mushroom-stuffed filet of beef
- Cajun jambalaya with wild rice
- Vietnamese skewers with dipping sauce
- Lemon-garlic shrimp skewers
- Seared snapper provencale
- Fallen chocolate cake with cherries
Each recipe is paired with a type of beer - whether it's an American-style premium lager, a European-style pilsner, an English-style pale ale, or a dry stout - as recommended by an Anheuser-Busch brew master. The book also provides overall tips on how to pair beer and food.
Additionally, Great Food Great Beer provides a guide to beers, menu suggestions, and indexes in which recipes are categorized by both beer and ingredient.