Here are two hard to find books TOGETHER to add to your cookbook library. BOTH soft cover books are in lightly read condition with minimal wear to the covers from re-shelving. INSIDE the pages are at least 98% free of any marks, stains or writing. (I didn't find anything.)
Flavored Vinegars: 50 Recipes for Cooking with Infused Vinegars by Michael Chiarello.
The author covers all bases from how to make your own infusions to what to do with them once you have created them. He divides the book into different types of vinegars like fruit, classic, savory, herbal and balsamic, the latter of which no one can make since only true balsamic comes from Modena, Italy, but its inclusion is necessary and his recipe for roasted polenta with mushrooms and balsamic sauce is well worth the price of the book. There is also some fun facts and history. If you are looking for ideas of what to do with all that overgrown tarragon and rosemary in your garden, this book is for you.
Flavored Oils: 50 Recipes for Cooking With Infused Oils by Michael Chiarello too!
The owner/chef of Napa Valley's Tra Vigne restaurant, Chiarello shares his wisdom about those darlings of today's ambitious cooks, flavored oils. No secret to anyone who's dined in an upscale restaurant within the last 10 years, oils flavored with herbs (or fruit, garlic or porcini) add complexity to many dishes. Chiarello's detailed advice on their judicious use includes instructions for infusions that are careful yet not fussy (e.g., be sure to rinse cloths thoroughly before using them as filters, lest the taste of a detergent be imparted). Noting that commercially prepared flavored oils are also available, he offers simple and clear recipes (the Garlic Smashed Potatoes are particularly tempting) in which plain olive oil can be substituted for the jazzier variations. The festive book design and close-up color photos match Chiarello's cheery tones.
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