Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get Dressed and Sauced - 500 Best Sauces by George Geary

A favorite meal or recipe is often accompanied by a flavorful sauce or condiment such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salsa, or salad dressing, but many store-bought products contain unrecognizable and unfamiliar ingredients. What if you could whip up your favorite condiment in minutes? Cookbook author George Geary did just that, writing a cookbook to show home cooks how they can do it, too. 500 BEST SAUCES, SALAD DRESSINGS, MARINADES & MORE (Robert Rose; September 2009; softcover/$24.95; ISBN: 978-0-7788-0227-3) is a definitive encyclopedia of all things sauces, marinades and dressings.

“A while back a friend was rummaging in my refrigerator and was shocked to discover I didn’t have any salad dressings. I told her that I like to make my own, and that’s when it clicked — I couldn’t remember ever seeing a huge cookbook dedicated to dressings,” recounts Geary. “I realized how reassuring it is to know exactly what goes into the sauces and dressings I serve and enjoy.”

500 BEST SAUCES, SALAD DRESSINGS, MARINADES & MORE covers everything from white and red sauces, marinades and rubs to salsas, butters, spreads, and dessert sauces. Each of George’s incredibly easy and delicious recipes comes with extensive tips and techniques. Recipes include:
§ Fast and Easy Marinara Sauce
§ 15 Minute Pasta Sauce
§ Vodka Sauce
§ Citrus Aioli Sauce
§ Bolognese
§ Fresh Spicy Ginger Dressing
§ Cabernet Sauvignon Vinaigrette
§ Peach Citrus Vinaigrette
§ Cajun Mayonnaise
§ Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup
§ Tarragon Pickle Relish
§ Cool Cucumber Parsley Marinade
§ Orange Nutmeg Marinade
§ B├ęchamel Sauce
§ Port Wine Sauce
§ Orange Chipotle Salsa
§ 5 Mixed Fruit Salsa
§ Apple Kashmir Chutney
§ Gorgonzola Scallion Butter
§ Curry Cheese Spread
§ Deep Dark Truffle Sauce
§ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue Sauce

In addition to a chapter on low-fat dressings, George provides readers with simple explanations of the equipment and basic pantry ingredients to have on-hand.

George explains that “homemade versions of sauces, marinades, and dressings don’t keep as long as their commercial counterparts, but there’s no doubt they taste better. Sample just one and you will toss out those ancient jars and bottles huddled in your fridge and start fresh. It’s easy and it’s fast. Now get dressed and sauced!”

About the Author

George Geary is passionate about cooking and loves to share that passion with others. He brings humor, energy and experience to every cooking class, demonstration, and personal appearance across the country, internationally, and on luxury cruises. His classes and culinary tours are sold-out months in advance. His wit and humor make understanding culinary concepts fun and interesting. A former pastry chef for the Walt Disney Company, George is a Certified Culinary Professional and best-selling cookbook author. His books have taught home cooks everywhere how to bake and how to capitalize on use of the food processor. His latest book, 500 BEST SAUCES, SALAD DRESSINGS, MARINADES & MORE , teaches cooks how to get really get “dressed and sauced.” George’s previous titles include: 125 Best Cheesecake Recipes; The Cheesecake Bible; The Complete Baking Cookbook; 125 Best Food Processor Recipes; and 125 Best Biscuit Mix Recipes. George has shared some of his favorite recipes with television viewers on ABC, The Food Network, NBC, and PBS. He has been featured in the pages of Quick & Simple magazine, Food Product Design magazine, Pastry Art and Design magazine, and Better Homes & Gardens. When not traveling to teach, George lives in sunny Southern California. For more information, visit

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