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The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes: 03/15/12

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The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes by Stephanie Pierson celebrates the brisket and offers up a mixture of recipes, nostalgia and history. As a kid, brisket always meant corn beef and cabbage, usually bought on sale in March because of St. Patrick's day. As an adult, it almost always means my husband is cooking his version of his mother's recipe, a modified Jewish recipe that includes bell peppers. In either case, brisket means a big pot of decliousness.

And it's with those similar memories and emotions that Stephanie Pierson opens The Brisket Book. She explains her own emotional ties to the dish and shares some memories of others interviewed for the book. From there she goes through the basics of the cut, the history of the dishes and thoughts on different methods of cooking brisket.

At home I've only ever had the dish cooked in a pot with vegetables and some sort of gravy but the book includes recipes for smoking and barbecuing. It's a good addition to the family cook book collection for anyone who has a family brisket recipe who wants to learn more about the dish and maybe learn a few new ways of preparing it.

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Four stars

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