Author(s): Susan Volland
Finally, a cookbook on sauces that is fresh, vibrant, and alive. In Mastering Sauces, Susan Volland veers away from traditional lesson plans and presents sauce-making in a whole new way. She focuses on how great cooks all over the world make sauces with impromptu elanÃ they splash and drizzle, slather and douse. Great sauces are made by following three fundamental principles: Maximize Flavor, Manipulate Texture, and Season Confidently. Armed with these principles, you can make any sauce your way. In addition to over 150 recipes that reflect today's tastes for seasonal produce, international ingredients, and alternative dietary choices, there are dozens of tips and tables suggesting ways to adapt and customize sauces. There are innovative Meatless Reductions, international Sauces That Start with a Can of Diced Tomatoes, and an Endlessly Adaptable Stir-Fry Sauce. In a conversational and very readable style, Volland teaches the "whys" and "hows" of sauce-making so cooks can better understand their ingredients to create the dish they want. And because she knows that even the best cooks have off-nights, she finishes with a list of Remedies for Faltering Sauces. Mastering Sauces is the go-to resource for all cooks, all tastes, and all diets.16 pages of color photos
A Seattle native, Susan Volland is a classically trained chef and served as recipe editor for Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine projects. She works as a teacher, recipe tester, and food writer. This is her first solo cookbook.