Butter

A Rich History

Publisher: Appetite by Random House
A gripping historical narrative that explores the rich chronicle of innovation, revolution, and controversy of our world's most famous fat: butter.


The delicious kitchen staple we so often take for granted is not merely a stick tucked into our refrigerator door. It's a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. From its accidental invention in a long-ago herder's pouch to its ubiquitous presence in the world's most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss. Now, it finally gets its due.
     Award-winning food writer and chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself. From the ancient butter bogs of Ireland to the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Butter is about so much more than food. Khosrova details its surprisingly vital role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, even spirituality and art. From its humble agrarian origins to its present-day artisanal glory, butter has a fascinating story to tell, and Khosrova is the perfect person to tell it. Her butter chase took Khosrova throughout the United States and to France, Ireland, India, Bhutan, and Canada. She's never been the same.
     As the first and only publication to chronicle the life and times of this beloved fat, Butter is an epic excursion into the turbulent history of this kitchen staple. Khosrova even includes the essential collection of carefully developed core butter recipes, from beurre manié and croissants to pâte brisée and the perfect buttercream frosting, and provides practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home - no cow, goat, or yak necessary.

PRAISE FOR

“A fascinating, tasty read… And what a bonus to have a collection of essential classic butter recipes included.” -- David Tanis, author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes

“Following the path blazed by Margaret Viseer in Much Depends on Dinner, Elaine Khosrova makes much of butter and the ruminants whose milk man churns. You will revel in dairy physics. And you may never eat margarine again.” --John T. Edge, author of The Potlicker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Butter proves that close study can reveal rich history, lore, and practical information. All that and charm, too.” -- Mimi Sheraton, author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

“Irresistible and fascinating… This is one of those definitive books on a subject that every cook should have.” --Elisabeth Prueitt, co-owner of Tartine Bakery

“The history of one of the most delectable ingredients throughout our many cultures and geography over time is wonderfully churned and emulsified in Khosrova’s Butter… Delightful storytelling.” --Elizabeth Falkner, author of Demolition Desserts: Recipes from Citizen Cake