About the author
Valerie Aikman-Smith is a Los Angeles-based food stylist and writer. She worked in top restaurants before going on to style food for films such as Titanic and for Food Network TV. Her work is featured in many magazines and books, and she is the author of Pepper (ISBN: 978-1-84975-710-2), Smoke & Spice (ISBN: 978-1-84975-350-0), and Pickled & Packed (ISBN: 978-1-84975-490-3) for Ryland Peters & Small. Read more at www.valerieaikman-smith.com.
Whether you like your food fiercely hot or prefer gentler aromatic flavors, Valerie Aikman- Smith has created an enticing array of marinades, brines, butters, rubs, and glazes to add flavor to your cooking, either outside on the grill or in your kitchen. Creative matching of seasonings help create exciting new taste sensations as well as tried and tested favorites from around the world. Nothing brings out the flavor in meat like a marinade, and it also tenderizes it and can keep it moist whilst cooking, too. Inspiration for Pork includes Sticky Smoky Baby Back Ribs, Blackberry and Sage Glazed Ham, and Cajun Crispy Pork Belly. Beef can be made even more mouth-watering when prepared with an African Smoke Rub, a Prairie Steak Rub, or a Matambre Marinade. Options for Lamb include a Pomegranate and Harissa seasoning or a Lavender Salt Rub, while, in the Poultry chapter, choose from Cherry-glazed Duck Skewers or Jamaican Jerk Chicken. For those who love the enticing aroma of grilled Fish, try Spiced Red Snapper with Chermoula or Grilled Lobsters with two flavored butters. Vegetarian options include Caramelized Beet Tatin with Marinated Goat Cheese and Grilled Market Vegetable Salad with Herbed Toasts, while if you think the fun stops at your main dish, you’re in for a treat! Recipes for Desserts feature a tempting Sozzled Apricot Bruschetta with Orange Liqueur Cream and Rocky Road Campfire S’mores with Ginger Sugar.