Sunday, June 22, 2014

FRIED & TRUE by Lee Brian Schrager with Adeena Sussman, Photographs by Evan Sung

“I LOVE my fried chicken. I mean really, really, really, really LOVE my fried chicken.” ---Foreword by Whoopi Goldberg

Fried chicken is a standard in most American home kitchens and is a speedy and uncomplicated meal to prepare. There has always been an ongoing debate as to which recipe is most superb regarding chicken dishes. In this fabulous cookbook, you will find the most descriptive delicious recipes for fried chicken and sumptuous side dishes to complete your breakfast, lunch, or dinner meal.  In addition, the section ‘Fried Chicken 101’ shares fried chicken tips, which include brining, deep-frying, seasonings, and cooking oils to enhance your culinary education. Other chapters of the cookbook are ‘Southern Inspiration’, American Originals’, ‘Pacific Rim Flavors’, and ‘Sandwiches, Wings, Li’l Bits, and Special Diets’ to include many varieties of and ethnic flavor fried chicken pairing respective accompanying sides.

A few favorites I will attempt experimentation:

Southern Inspiration
Arnold’s Country Kitchen – Nashville, Tennessee
Fried Chicken, Braised Turnip and Collard Greens, Fried Green Tomatoes
Chicken wash includes Louisiana hot sauce and poultry seasoning

Jacques-Imo – New Orleans, Louisiana
Fried Chicken and Smothered Cabbage
Chicken wash includes worchestershire sauce, chopped parsley garnish

American Originals
Blackberry Farm – Asheville, North Carolina
Sweet Tea-Brined Fried Chicken

Marcus Samuelsson – Harlem, New York
Coconut Fried Chicken with Collards and Gravy

Pacific Rim
Maharlika’s – New York, New York
Kick-Ass Batterless Fried Chicken and Purple Waffles
Chicken seasoning includes smoked paprika and waffles include purple yam extract

Sandwiches, Wings, Li’l Bits, and Special Diets
Son of a Gun- Los Angeles, California
Fried Chicken Sandwich with Pickle Coleslaw and Red Rooster Aioli
Chicken has a honey, bay leaf, clove brine

Edit & The Wolf – New York, New York
Chicken Schnitzel and Dill Cucumber Salad

Each of these has their own special ingredients creating chicken recipes that explode with exciting zest and texture and are effortless to prepare in your own kitchen. I recommend any home chef to indulgence him or herself and include this superb cookbook of collective fried chicken techniques to their culinary bookshelf.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books reviewer program in exchange for an unbiased evaluation and opinion. 

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