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Book Review - Great Food Great Beer

Updated on October 26, 2008

Looking for great recipe ideas that you can enjoy with your favorite brew? Great Food Great Beer: The Anheuser-Busch Cookbook might just be the perfect publication to add to your cookbook collection. This book not only has recipe ideas that are delicious and easy to make, it provides readers with specific suggestions for a specific type of beer that pairs perfectly with each dish.

About the Book

Great Food Great Beer: The Anheuser-Busch Cookbook opens with an introduction form August A. Busch, IV, the current president and Chief Executive officer of the Anheuser Busch Companies. It continues with a brief overview of the company's history, including the original logo, pictures of early product packaging and advertisements, details about how the company survived prohibition, and other interesting facts about the events that have taken place from 1852 through the present.

This book is full of information that everyone who appreciates a great tasting cold beer will appreciate. For example, the book contains a glossary that can help you understand the differences among the many different types of beer. You'll even learn about the right way to pour a beer. You'll also enjoy learning about how beer is made and the best way to approach figuring out which beers go with which types of food. Of course, if you prepare the recipes printed in this book, you won't have to wonder about a perfect pairing since specific suggestions are provided.

My Favorite Recipes

There are so many great recipe ideas in this book that it's difficult to narrow down choices to just a few favorites. I actually started out going through the book recipe by recipe, and couldn't decide what to try.

I changed my recipe selection approach a little bit, just to make it easier to choose among all the great looking dishes. I started looking for recipes designed to be served with my favorite Anheuser-Busch beer products. Since I usually have Bud Light and several varieties of Michelob Ultra in my refrigerator, my favorites are all recipes that pair perfectly with those two types of beers.

  • Garlic-Poblano Guacomole - I have been looking for a great guacamole recipe that has a little more kick to it than usual. The addition of the poblano chile to this recipe gives it the pefect level of spicy flavor.
  • Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms - Even my husband, why usually refers to mushrooms as fungus (I know they are; he uses the fact as an excuse to avoid eating them) loves this recipe. This is a great appetizer, perfect for a Super Bowl Party or any other get-together that involves food and beer.
  • Spicy Shrimp Cakes With Corn Salsa - This recipe is an easy to make version of shrimp cakes that tastes great and works perfectly as an appetizer or main dish.

See For Yourself

These are just a few of the many delicious recipes you'll find in this book. It has a total of 185 different recipes in addition to all of the great tips and how-to advice that will come in very handy for beer drinkers. The book is also attractive enough to display as a coffee table book, or to highlight in your kitchen cookbook collection. It's full of stunning food photography, and will be interesting even to beer drinkers who don't like cooking. It's a great source of ideas and inspiration for cooking and entertaining, and can also make a great conversation piece when entertaining.


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  • MrMarmalade profile image


    10 years ago from Sydney

    This sounds like a great book. It is a pity that Val and do not drink Beer. Val drinks Chardonnay and I allow myself the occasional Moet.

    Thank you and have a great New Year and a better 2008

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    Rik Rodriguez 

    10 years ago from Hawaii

    Very nice Although I dont drink beer any more. I have created a few beer sites ;-)


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