It’s been more than nine months since I had a good beer. Or ANY beer for that matter. I am mere days away from treating one like mouthwash and gargling with it. I don’t think I realized how much I loved beer until I couldn’t have it.
Beer isn’t just on my mind though. My super talented cousin, John Holl, also has had beer on the brain. I’ve written about John before (here and here) when he wrote a book about Indiana Breweries. He’s since also written Massachusetts Breweries. His most recent book appeals to beer lovers from all over the country, though! Introducing… The American Craft Beer Cookbook!
I’m sure he had many reasons for writing this, but I just tell myself it was to appease me and Big Daddy. I mean, cooking with beer? DELICIOUS RECIPES? (Amber Ale Cheese Bread? And recipes for mustards- be still my mustard loving heart.Let’s not even talk about the desserts. I may even be brave enough to try the fried Brussels sprouts with fish sauce vinaigrette. MAYBE. Because, beer.)
There are so many fun factoids in this book about the amazing breweries of the featured beers. Learning while drinking. Me likey. I’ve always felt beers paired well with food since doing a beer and cheese tasting nearly seven years ago- John is just proving that point with really delicious food, more eloquently than I ever could. An excerpt from the book’s press release probably describes the book more efficiently than I have:
In his new book, The American Craft Beer Cookbook, beer journalist John Holl — who firmly believes that beer pairs better than wine with a fine meal — has traveled the country and collected more than 150 recipes from breweries, brewpubs, chefs, and beer-centric restaurants that illustrate the delicious intersection on the culinary road where food and beer meet. In some cases beer is used as an ingredient, and every recipe discusses how to find that perfect pint to bring the meal to a crescendo where the complexity, depth, and breadth of a craft beer beautifully complements, contrasts with, or enhances the flavors on the plate.
I will be honest though, we weren’t too thrilled to see THIS recipe featured!
LUCKILY, it’s named after a specific beer. John knows better than to insult my furry children! (Also, doesn’t that sound delicious? Mama wants some sweet potato pancakes, STAT.)
My mom of course attended John’s kickoff event when the book came out, and got us our very own autographed copy. John offered to go above and beyond though and provide an autographed copy for one of my readers! All you have to do to enter is comment on this post (see widget for details below) but there are additional ways to enter as well.
The giveaway ends at 12:00 am on October 12th (aka, you have through next Friday end of day.) Should baby girl decide to arrive before the giveaway is over, it will still continue without interruption! I may just take a few extra days to announce the winner. You know, so I can enjoy a beer my daughter.
PS- I’m planning another (baby-themed) giveaway for after she’s here, so don’t stop following, especially you girl mamas!
I’m so excited to share my talented cousin’s newest work with you all. I hope to share some recipe info as we try them, too! Can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is- good luck!