Hawthorne Valley Board of Trustees Secretary, Elaine Khosrova celebrates the publication of her book, “Butter, A Rich History,” out this month from Algonquin Books.
After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova (Read her bio here) 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.
The book’s release and Elaine’s subsequent appearances at local bookstores have been well-received by the local press:
Chronogram writer Hannah Phillips sat down for a Q&A with Elaine for her piece on Chronogram.com, “Clarifying Agent.”
Seth Rogovoy previewed Elaine’s signing at Talbott and Arding in Hudson this past weekend (Dec. 17) on his blog, The Rogovoy Report.
And local blogger, Enid Futterman, founder of imby.com, writes, “And if you also thought butter was butter, Khosrova will debunk that for you too. There are as many colors, textures, tastes, and smells as there are butters, and she names names. She gives butter the nuances of wine, and chocolate, affected by and infused with the nature of the pasture, the animal, and the method of butter-making. It takes over two hundred pages plus recipes and more to tell the whole story, but she can distill the whole process down to six words: Anatomy meets botany to rearrange chemistry.” Read full story.
A few of the many rave book reviews:
“Edifying from every point of view–historical, cultural, and culinary.” —David Tanis, author of A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
“Irresistible and fascinating . . . This is one of those definitive books on a subject that every cook should have.” —Elisabeth Prueitt, co-owner of Tartine Bakery
“The history of one of the most delectable ingredients throughout our many cultures and geography over time is wonderfully churned and emulsified in Khosrova’s Butter . . . Delightful storytelling.” —Elizabeth Falkner, author of Demolition Desserts: Recipes from Citizen Cake