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9781903141946

Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook 70 Recipes for Incredible Stone-Baked Pizzas and Breads, Roasts, Cakes and Desserts, All Specially Devised for the Outdoor Oven and Illustrated in Over 400 Photographs

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  • ISBN13:

    9781903141946

  • ISBN10:

    190314194X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-16
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books
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Summary

Wood-fired ovens can be found around the world wherever there is access to wood, and although shape and building materials may vary the thing they have in common is how efficiently they produce and retain heat. It is easy to see why wood-fired ovens have survived, virtually unchanged, for centuries; once you've cooked in one you too will be converted to this elemental method of cooking with fire.

The wood-fired oven is capable of cooking just about anything, but the amazing thing about it is how perfectly it cooks not only stone-baked pizzas and breads, but also sizzling meat, tender seafood, slow-cooked, smokey casseroles, and even beautifully moist cakes and desserts.

This book covers every aspect of cooking in a wood-fired oven, with advice on where to site and construct your oven and instructions on how to season it, light your first fire, and control and maintain cooking heat. The recipes are all specially devised for the oven, and come with step-by-step instructions and photographs. A special chapter contains irresistible pizzas with innovative toppings such as artichoke hearts, Parma ham and basil pesto or caramelized shallot and feta. Once you have perfected your pizzas you will want to use your fired-up oven to cook amazing dishes like fish soup with aioli, jerk chicken, bistecca Fiorentina and marinated pork ribs. The chapter on breads is a revelation, and the wonderful loaves that you bake on the oven floor will convert you to home-made sourdough, ciabatta and naan breads forever. Even desserts and cakes can be successfully created in the wood-fired oven, and in the final chapter you will find tempting recipes for plum and blackberry crumble, meringues, chocolate brownies, and a rich fruit cake.

Throughout the book, authors Holly and David Jones give helpful advice and tips on how to make the most of your oven, utilizing the falling heat of an oven fired up for pizzas, for example, to slow cook a meltingly tender casserole for the next day, or even using the oven overnight to roast tomatoes for breakfast the next morning. Whether you want your oven to become a pizza party sensation, the centre of family cookout weekends or your new outdoor kitchen, this book will inspire and delight you.




Author Biography

Holly Jones is a chef of 20 years' experience having studied at Leith's School of Food and Wine after a degree in modern languages. She has written many articles and books, appeared on UK TV, trained chefs from many organizations, run restaurants and cafÚs, and answered questions as resident chef on the BBC's Food website. Holly's true passion is for cooking fish and she believes that the hot, moist environment of a wood-fired oven is the perfect way to cook the beautiful fresh fish she gets near her home on Devon's south coast. David Jones served as an officer in the Royal Navy followed by a decade as a management consultant. Both careers took him all over the world, which is why he is now happy to have settled in South Devon and re-trained as a baker. David bakes commercially, and regularly teaches a range of different breadmaking classes. He believes baking in the wood-fired oven is one of the best way to create bread with great flavour, crust and texture, and is a direct link to generations of bakers before him. Together Holly and David run the Manna from Devon Cooking School, www.mannafromdevon.com, in beautiful South Devon, England. Established in 2005 their classes include bread making, fish cooking and, of course, cooking in their much-loved wood-fired oven.

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