August 17, 2019 9:51 AM - by Elaine Khosrova - Subscribe

After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself. 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. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of Ireland, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, politics, economics, nutrition, and even spirituality and art. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, including beurre manié, croissants, pâte brisée, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, as well as practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home--or shopping for the best.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis (1 comment total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is a good book in the vein of Kurlansky. The first 200 pages are an in depth look at butter, and if you read Kurlansky’s Milk and thought- I want to know more about butter! Than this book is good for you. I will say it’s a bit lightweight compared to Kurlansky’s tomes, and I have one other criticism. The first 200 pages are what you expect, but the last 100 are just recipes. Personally I would have liked 300 pages on the history of butter, rather than 100 pages of food I can never eat. But if you can eat dairy- maybe pick up this book for the yummy stuff in the back as much as the history in the front.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:54 AM on August 17, 2019 [1 favorite]

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