June 25, 2013

"The Perfect Sausage" by Karsten 'Ted' Aschenbrandt

The Perfect Sausage: Making and Preparing Homemade SausageMy rating: 3 of 5 spoons

The title of this book should be "The Perfect Bratwurst" as that is the only kind of sausage made and/or used in this book. That was something of a disappointment to me as I was hoping to learn to make different kinds of sausage, not just different kinds of bratwurst. The information is very thorough with step-by-step photos throughout, which is very nice. Information is given on equipment, cuts of meat to use, recipes for many kinds of brats (I had no idea there were so many different kinds!!), and recipes for using the finished product. Many sounded great, a few made me turn the page quickly, such as the Shrimp Bratwurst--just a bit much for me.

If you love brats and would like to learn how to make them yourself, or just want the history of bratwursts and some recipes using them, this would be the book for you. Since I was hoping to learn how to make all kinds of sausages (bangers, chorizo, Italian....), it was somewhat of a disappointment for me. I don' know that we eat enough brats to make this a good cookbook for my family, but I'm sure it will be perfect for many.

I received a free copy of this book from Schiffer Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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