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Review: Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides by Lee Brian Schrager & Adeena Sussman

Summary

Whether you prefer it cold out of the fridge or hot and crispy on a buttery biscuit, you will find your new favorite fried chicken recipe in Fried & True, serving up more than 50 recipes for America’s most decadently delicious food.

Lee Schrager has left no stone unturned in his quest to find America’s best fried chicken. From four-star restaurants to roadside fry shacks, you’ll learn how to brine your bird, give it a buttermilk bath, batter or even double batter it, season with loads of spices, and fry it up to golden perfection. Recipes to savor include:

—Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
—Yotam Ottolenghi’s Seeded Chicken Schnitzel with Parsley-Caper Mayonnaise
—Marcus Samuelsson’s Coconut Fried Chicken with Collards and Gravy
—Jacques-Imo’s Fried Chicken and Smothered Cabbage
—The Loveless Café’s Fried Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole
—Blackberry Farm’s Sweet Tea–Brined Fried Chicken
—Charles Phan’s Hard Water Fried Chicken
—Thomas Keller’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken
—Wylie Dufresne’s Popeyes-Style Chicken Tenders and Biscuits

Sink your teeth into Fried & True, the source of your next great fried chicken masterpiece and a tribute to America’s most beloved culinary treasure.

Review

When I first heard about this book, my mouth started to water. Just knowing a book dedicated to fried chicken recipes just makes the palate jump up and down, salivating over every page. Being the lover of a good fried chicken, I just knew that when the time comes for those purly gates, this would be one of the books that I can take with me. Considering myself a connoisseur of fried chicken, in those days of giving myself food poisoning and trying to perfect the perfect consistency, where was this book when I needed it?

Fried & True is more than just a book dedicated to recipes of fried chicken. Through its beautiful photographs and stories that embrace the recipes, there is a nostalgia past and present that radiates the pages. The love of one of this country’s most beloved staples, really shines through from the history to the pictures of the people that speak a thousand words as they bring their ingredients from their hearts to their plates.

From fine dining to the road side dives, this book shares not only chicken recipes but delicious sides that can accompany holding its own. It brings education including Fried Chicken 101, tips for preparation and organization, tools, what oils & fats to use, cutting and even how to choose. Once you dive into this book, you will never look at fried chicken the same. If you love cooking fried chicken, than this is a must to add to your collection.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/20/2014
Pages: 256

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