Yum! The Craft Beer Cookbook

Flipping through the pages of The Craft Beer Cookbook by Jacquelyn Dodd, I became entranced by the delicious-sounding recipes as they flew past my eyes.

Orange wheat beer and dark chocolate muffins, soft pretzels with chipotle beer cheese sauce, beer-braised pulled-pork tacos with beer corn tortillas, chocolate stout brownies.

For Kip’s and my housewarming party and first Kickstarter backer soiree, we picked three recipes from the book: roasted garlic IPA hummus, maple stout barbeque sauce, and chocolate porter fudge cookies. Yum doesn’t begin to describe it.

All three of these recipes were superb. Su-perrrrrrb, I tell you. The IPA hummus was a cinch, although I did have to sweet talk my impatient side into giving the garlic adequate time in the oven to roast. It turned out great, and judging from the empty bowl by the party’s end, it seems that was the consensus.

The barbeque sauce. Dear lord the barbeque sauce. I made it the night before, planning to slow cook chicken in it the next morning. It was the best barbeque sauce I have had in recent memory. After cooking the chicken in it, shredding it up, and returning it to the crock pot with a tad more sauce, we served it on French bread, and it was amazing. I could not stop eating it. I was probably in danger of bursting my stomach lining, but I didn’t even care. So good.

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Save the chocolatey-est for last. Chocolate porter fudge cookies are indeed as good as they sound. I prepared the batter the night before, as it’s one of those batters that needs time to chill for a bit before baking. The day of the party, the kitchen smelled like a French chocolatier. The cookies came out fluffy and gorgeous. Because preparation involved beating the egg mixture for 5 minutes, the cookies don’t flatten and spread like other drop cookies do—they rose into mounds of decadent chocolate goodness. How else can I tell you they were fantastic? I don’t even know.

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I give this cookbook my absolute highest recommendation. It has a great assortment of recipes, and from what I can tell so far, they’re all fantastic. The graphic design of the book is well done, too. And this is a very important feature for me. I hate to admit it, but if a cookbook has a bad layout that makes it just slightly harder for me to see at a glance what I need and what I need to do, I don’t put up with it. I’m visually spoiled. I’ll keep coming back to this book because it has the substance and the look that makes it easy for me to happily make my IPA hummus.

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