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Book Brief: Mastering Series (Part 2: Vegetables, Grilling & Barbecuing, Frozen Desserts)

Book Brief: Mastering Series (Part 2: Vegetables, Grilling & Barbecuing, Frozen Desserts)
Discover fresh new ways to savor the pleasures of cooking with the latest additions to our popular Mastering Series. Well-suited to spring and summer dining, this trio of instructive volumes will enhance your culinary repertoire throughout the year.

Vegetables will help you make the most of each season's harvest. To showcase the delicate flavors and vibrant colors of springtime vegetables, braise tender English peas and red onion shoots in a buttery broth perfumed with fresh basil. For a quick, Asian-inspired side dish, stir-fry eggplant in a garlicky sesame sauce.

Essential reading for the outdoor chef, Grilling & Barbecuing teaches you to cook up sizzling specialties with the ease and confidence of an experienced pit master. Treat guests to maple-smoked salmon enlivened with a sweet-and-tangy maple-mustard sauce. For a fiesta-style barbecue, serve classic carne asada: flank steak marinated in beer, lime, chili powder and other seasonings, then grilled to juicy perfection.

With Frozen Desserts, you'll learn the secrets to preparing an array of cooling homemade treats. It's like having a pastry chef working alongside you. Rich Philadelphia-style vanilla ice cream couldn't be simpler to make. You can scoop it into cones or use it to create sundaes, parfaits, ice cream sandwiches or tortes. To indulge chocolate lovers, prepare a batch of intensely flavored chocolate sorbet enriched with espresso powder and coffee liqueur.

Designed to make cooking simple and stress-free, each volume is a complete culinary course. Opening chapters acquaint you with basic recipes and key techniques and include illustrated instructions. Subsequent chapters present master recipes plus delicious variations that allow you to practice what you've learned. Every step of the way, you'll be guided by easy-to-follow directions and detailed color photographs.

Chef's tips that accompany each recipe ensure foolproof preparation and stellar results. Troubleshooting tips alert you to potential mishaps and offer simple remedies. To inspire creativity, serving ideas allow you to tailor recipes to suit your preferences and the occasion. Each book includes an ingredient glossary plus a guide to important tools and equipment.

Whether you're preparing a quick weeknight meal or hosting a dinner party for guests, these volumes will provide the knowledge and skills you need to master the essentials of cooking.