Each summer, cooks from the rocky shores of Maine to the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii ignite their imaginations and fire up their grills to create new twists on an icon of North American cuisine: the burger. Thousands of these cooks-both amateur and professional-compete annually in the Build a Better Burger recipe contest, a winner-takes-all national cook-off at Sutter Home Family Vineyards in idyllic Napa Valley. In this collection marking the fifteenth anniversary of the cook-off, best-selling cookbook author James McNair presents a colorful look at the contest, including each of the forty-four recipes that have won awards since BBB began. Twelve of the illustrious chefs and cookbook authors who have judged the cook-off also share their creative burger recipes. Some of the innovative and tasty burgers are: Caesar Salad and Flank Steak Burgers with Garlic Crostini Hazelnut-Crusted Lamb Burgers Carolina Pork Barbecue Burgers Green Chile Chicken Burgers with Orange-Chile Salsa and Three-Pepper Cheese Spread Mediterranean Tuna Burgers with Lemon-Basil MayonnaiseTo complement the recipes, Sutter Home'¬?s culinary director and executive chef, Jeffrey Starr, suggests a perfect wine match for each one and offers general tips for pairing wine with burgers. And rounding out the book are guidelines for making better burgers and writing recipes for your own award-worthy creations. Build a Better Burger is the perfect summer companion, full of recipes bound to please every backyard cook. You too will lavish praise on these prizewinners with each better burger you grill up at home.
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? A collection of the prize-winning recipes of the national Build a Better Burger contest, along with 12 judges’ recipes. ? Represents the best of the more than 50,000 contest entries Since 1990, including Caesar Salad and Flank Steak Burgers with Garlic Crostini; Hazelnut-Crusted Lamb Burgers; Carolina Pork Barbecue Burgers; Green Chile Chicken Burgers; and Mediterranean Tuna Burgers with Lemon-Basil Mayonnaise. ? Includes full-color photographs of all 56 recipes in the book.About the Author:
James McNair has served as the head judge of Build a Better Burger since it began in 1990, heading both the regional selection process and the cook-off judging; he is now the chairman of the national contest. He is the author of more than forty cookbooks, including Burgers, Beef, Chicken, Corn, Grill, Pizza, and The Sutter Home Napa Valley Cookbook, and has received an Award of Excellence from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McNair also teaches cooking classes and gives culinary lectures around the country, and has appeared on many national and local television shows. He lives in Napa Valley.
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