Paul has a great fondness for beer and a wealth of knowledge about it. He has spent considerable time developing recipes in which beer plays a significant role, not as a gimmick, but as an essential flavouring. His recipes display a depth of knowledge about the flavours and qualities of various beers and the dishes that they best complement. The 80-plus recipes include both bold and subtle dishes, from traditional beerbased favourites such as Lamb Shanks in Guinness, to variations on classics, such as Beer-Braised Beef Osso Bucco, to those that use beer in unexpected but wholly delicious ways, such as Birramisu and Sticky Date Pudding. Key points include: friendly, approachable tone; notes on which beers go well with which dishes, both as an ingredient and to drink with them; and detailed, clearly explained methods.
This book is original and has lots of tempting recipes. I thought it would mainly be recipes to do with stews and marinades, but it covers everything from soups, breads, curries, pies, cakes and even ice cream. Well worth the money.