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Best Burger book ever
on 16 September 2012
I bought this book about three years ago, after I had some of the burgers at my sister's place. I have since also bought it as a present for a friend who likes to cook. Reading the reviews just now, I thought I should put some things right.
1. We have made quite a lot of the recipes by now, even some of those that sound a bit unusual at first. They all turned out utterly delicious and moreish. That's one of the reasons why we haven't made a bigger part of the various burgers - those that we tried were so good, we just had to make them again.
My personal favourites are:
Lebanese kibbeh burger - it may sound strange, but it's sooo good. Just leave out the sundried tomatoes (an accident at first, but it turned out for the best). Actually, make more of the pomegranate salad, it keeps disappearing.
Miso-basted salmon burger - very juicy and not fishy at all. The salsa is also great with other barbecued stuff.
Fritas - again the salsa is really great and tasty on its own.
There are lots of other great recipes with beef, pork, lamb, veal, venison, chicken, turkey, vegetables .... So, you can even feed vegetarians and you'll probably want to eat their food, too.
The book also gives you recipes for sides like chips, sauces, salsas, guacamoles, ...
2. Some people complained the ingredients were too outlandish or hard to get, if you didn't live in a city. My sister lives in a small town in Wales, I live in a small town in Germany (where it's not always easy to get things you would get everywhere in GB) and we both manage to get all the ingredients, perhaps apart from pâté de fois gras, which you only need for one recipy anyway (the most expensive one, the others aren't like that). If you've got one of the larger supermarket chains near you (and who hasn't?), you shoud't have any trouble at all getting what you need and you'll probably get a lot of the stuff at your local shop anyway.
3. Sometimes you have no time or just aren't in the mood for making all the extra stuff. But the burgers are good in themselves, too. Just add your normal extras. For example, I tend to be too lazy to make one of the tomato sauces and just replace it with a good ketchup. It's still great.
All I can say is: If you like nice burgers, way better than bought ones and you're open-minded to give new things a try, buy this book, it's worth every penny.