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By Bob Skilnik

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Publisher: Jefferson Press, 2007.
Hard Cover, 246 pages, 6.25 x 9.25.
Item #1439

After penning an article for the Chicago Tribune's Good Eating section in 2003 titled "The Lightening of American Beer," author and beer history expert Bob Skilnik wondered if — having chronicled the differences between today's beers and those of the generations before us — could he shed some light on beer's historical use in American food or as an accompaniment.

The result is his sixth book, featuring over 90 beer-related recipes and a fascinating, mouth- watering account of the birth and rise of our nation's brewing industry and its lasting influence on American cuisine.

As the last chapter of Beer & Food: An American History comes to a close, the culinary-loving, beer-drinking enthusiast will have a unique understanding of the history of American beer and food, and why a simple grilled Wisconsin bratwurst soaked in an American pilsner can be just as tasty as the pairing of an overpriced imported cheese with a questionable European beer.

Combining American beers and foods is a unique art, tempered with hundreds of years of rich history and often the vision of determined artisans. A glimpse of their efforts can be seen in the old and new food recipes that use beer as a great tasting ingredient...just waiting inside Beer & Food for you to enjoy!

The Latest Buzz On Beer & Food: An American History

"Skilnik, whose previous books include The Low Carb Bartender, traces the history of American beer from Colonial times through the 20th century in this intriguing work."
--- LibraryJournal.com, XPress Reviews

"Bob Skilnik's Beer & Food is a tasty history, from beer soup to Beer Nuts, with pickled pigs' feet in between."
--- Don Russell, a/k/a, Joe Sixpack, beer reporter, Philadelphia Daily News

"Author Bob Skilnik offers an academic and enjoyable read about the role of beer in the American kitchen, from colonial days through the 21st century, drawn from old cookbooks and brewing histories. Beer & Food: An American History offers 'receipts' of the period as well as contemporary craft brewers' own recipes for a book that's half history, half cookbook. It merits a pint of your favorite ale by your side so you may sip and browse throughout!"
--- Lucy Saunders, editor, beercook. com and author, GRILLING WITH BEER

"Beer & Food proves once again that beer has always held a place of prominence at the dinner table."
--- Jay R. Brooks, Brookston Beer Bulletin

"With restaurant & beverage critics increasingly focused on the emerging beer & food pairing scene, this timely book puts the evolution of this under appreciated area of culinary arts into a historic perspective. Kudos to Bob Skilnik for creating this absorbing and informative resource."
--- Keith Lemcke, Vice-President Siebel Institute of Technology, World Brewing Academy

"In his smart and engaging history of beer and its relationship to food, Bob Skilnik demonstrates that the today's trend isn't the first time Americans "discovered" the joys of good beer with good food."
--- Bryce Eddings, Beer.About.com

"The first book that gives a historical look at why beer and food are truly partners in today's kitchens."
--- John R. Hall, President, Goose Island Beer Company

INDEX:

A

ad campaigns • John Adams • adjuncts, brewing with starchy • Alaskan Brewing Company • Alaskan Stout • alcoholic content, 3.2 percent • alcoholic content, 4 to 5 percent • alcoholic content, legal limit • ale vinegar for pickling • ale vinegar for tenderizing meat • Ales of the Revolution • "America's Beverage of Moderation" slogan • "America's Oldest Brewery" • American beer and food • American Brewing Company • American brewing industry • American Can Company • American Cookery (Simmons) • The American Woman's Home (Beecher and Beecher Stowe) • Anchor Steam • Alexander Anderson • Lincoln C. Andrews • Major Edmund Andros • Anheuser-Busch Bevo • Anheuser-Busch Brewery • Anti-Saloon League • "Aunt Babette's" Cook Book: Foreign and domestic receipts for the household (Babette)

B

Aunt Babette • baking powder • baking with yeast • Ballantine & Sons Brewery • Ballantine I.P.A. beer • barbecue • barley cultivation, six-row • Barley-Malt • Beadleston & Company Brewery • Kurt Becker • Catharine E. Beecher • beer and lunch in saloons • beer and oysters • beer as drink of moderation • beer as flavoring ingredient • beer as good for kids • beer as ingredient in food • beer as pure food • beer as temperance drink • "Beer Belongs" slogan • beer canning prohibited, World War II • beer for Armed Forces, World War II • beer in appetizers • beer in baked goods • beer in breads • beer in cans • beer in desserts • beer in dressings • beer in entrees • beer in food, strategy • beer in fritters/pancakes • beer in salads • beer in seafood dishes • beer in side dishes • beer in soups • beer in vegetables • beer industry, feared return to • "beer party" • beer production, molasses in • beer production, World War II • beer recipe • beer reformulation • beer slogans • beer taste, government influenced • beer to tenderize beef • beer vs. ale • beer vs. wine in cooking • beer with cheese • beer, "needle," • beer, bootlegged • beer, carbonation of • beer, cold • beer, cooking with sour/stale • beer, craft • beer, draft • beer, dry • beer, duties on imported • beer, English-styled • beer, first recipe using • beer, ice • beer, imported vs. domestic • beer, imported • beer, industry standard grade • beer, kitchen use for • beer, legalization of • beer, light • beer, limited choices • beer, near • beer, non-alcoholic • beer, pilsner • beer, porter • beer, ship's • beer, small • beer, social and economic benefits • beer, steam • beer, strong • beer, super-premium • beer, temperance • beer, uniform blandness of • beers, bitterness of hops • Belgian lambic • Benny's American Pale Ale • Berghoff Lager beer • Berghoff Pale Ale • Berghoff Red Ale • Best Malt Products Company • Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) • Big Oyster Island • Bob Bindley • black porters • Adrian Block • Bohemian pilsner • bootlegged beer • Boston Beer Company • Boston • bottles return • bottles, hand-blown • bottling operations, expansion of • Gordon Bowker • Alice Bradley • bran • bread • Breakfast To Midnight Recipes With Pabst-Ett (Bradley) • Brew in your Stew (National Brewing) • Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup • brewing equipment, exemptions on • brewing in multiple regions • brewing in New England • brewing, commercial • brewing, scientific methods of • brewpub • brining vinegar • Dean Browne • BudMillerCoors brewery • Budweiser beer • A. Busch • Gussie Busch • Melanie Bushar • businessman's lunch

C

Carolinas • Charles Carroll • President Jimmy Carter • Susannah Carter • cerealine • Samuel Chamberlain • cheese • cheese, beer with • cheese, local artisan vs. European • cheese making • cheese, malt syrup and • cheese, Pabst • cheese, Pabst-ett • Paul T. Cherington • Chicago • Chicago Tribune • Lydia Maria Child • Choc Beer • Hans Christiansen • ClŽmentine in the Kitchen (Chamberlain) • colonial beer and food • Christopher Columbus • coned cans • consumption levels, beer • Continental Army • Continental Can Company • Continental Pilsner • cookbooks and booklets • corn flakes • corn, patent to brew with native • cornmeal added to beer • cornmeal as binder • Douglas Crockwell • Jane Cunningham Croly • Cullen-Harrison bill

D

D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewery • De Both Home Makers' Schools • Jessie De Both • Dead Boys (liquor) • Dean Browne • demon rum • Designed For Wartime Living (Gunter) • Directions for Cookery, In Its Various Branches (Leslie) • distillation of alcohol • distilled spirits, competing with • Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers (Lea) • draft beer • dry beer • dry states, World War I • Perry Duis • Durkee's Baking Powder

E

Eagle Brewery • Eighteenth Amendment • Ellis Island • Jamie Emmerson • Empire Cheese Company • England • England, beer exports to Virginia • England, sherry exports • England, Virginia imported malt from • English ale, import of • English beer, duty-free import • English Farnham hops • English food and beer, adoption of • English food and beer, rejection of • English influence in Middle Colonies • English malt, boycott of • English malt, imported • English porter, George Washington fond of • English products, boycott of • English treacle • Erlanger beer • Janet Halliday Ervin • Esopus (settlement) • Etude sur la Biere (Pasteur) • European wines, importation of • Sandra Evans • Ellen Ewing • excise tax imposed after Civil War • expansion of, westward

F

Falstaff Brewing Company • Famo (non-alcoholic Schlitz) • Famous International Themes (Girnau) • Favorite Recipes of famous Amateur Chefs • fermentables in brewing • A Few German Luncheons (Nedd) • Fish and Sea-Food Cookery (Girnau) • Professor George Fix • Charles and Max Fleischmann • Fleischmann's compressed yeast cake • food recipe books as subterfuge • food recipes, "stock" books of • food recipes, early • Food Stimulation Act • food-sponsoring promotion • Frederic H. Girnau Creations • Christine Frederick • Friendly Menus (Lambert) • The Frugal Housewife (Carter) • The Frugal Housewife; Dedicated To Those Who Are Not Ashamed Of Economy (Child) • Full Sail Amber Ale • Full Sail Brewing Company

G

G. Heileman Brewery • Louis F. Garrard • Gasthaus beers • Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Company • German brewers • German brewmasters • German immigrants • German lager • German Midwest breweries • German Pennsylvania • German recipes • German World War I prohibitionists • German yeast, lager beer • German-American brewery expansion • Fanny Lemira Gillette • glass bottle manufacturing • Gluek Brewing Company • "Good for Little Tots" promotion • Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company • Gourmet (magazine) • grain meal for holding yeast • grain restrictions, World War I • grain restrictions, World War II • Bert Grant • Great American Beer Festival • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company • The Great Chicago Fire (1871) • Jose Groll • Ken Grossman • Gunther Brewing Company • The Gunther Hostess Book

H

hamburger • hamburger, European origins • Alexander Hamilton • Hamm Brewing Company • Doctor Emil C. Hansen • hard liquor • hard liquor, ban on • Robert Hare • Lafcadio Hearn • Heineken beer • Mary Foote Henderson • Max Henius • Patrick Henry • "Here's how!" and what to serve with BEER (Frederick) • Hillman's • home brewing, end of • homebrewing efforts • homebrewing revival • homebrewing, colonial times • homebrewing, end of prohibition • homebrewing, malt syrup for • homebrewing, resurgence after prohibition • homebrewing, resurgence of • homebrewing, revival • homebrewing, using fermentables • home-delivery of beer • President Hoover • hop poultice • Hopfin und Malz Extrakt • hops in non-food items • Housewives Home Canning Methods (Girnau) • How to Cook with Beer (Girnau) • How to Prepare Wild Game & Fowl (Girnau) • Huber brewery • Henry Hudson • hypocrisy

I • J • K

ice beer • Micheal Iles • Indian corn • International Centre for Brewing and Distilling • J. Lemp Brewery • J.E. Siebel Sons' Company • Jamaican stouts • Jefferson Ale • Jennie June's American Cookery Book (Croly) • Jerusalem artichokes • Jos. Schlitz Beverage Company • Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company • Joseph Huber Brewing Company • Kristopher Kalav • Keglined can • Kellogg Company • Doctor John Harvey Kellogg • Will Kellogg • kilning, improved methods • kraeusening • Kraft • Krebs Brewing Company • Krug Brewing Company • Kulmbacher beer

L

La Crosse Refining Company • La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes (Hearn) • La Cuisine Francaise. French Cooking for Every Home (Tanty) • labeling machines • lager beer breweries, growth of • lager beer brewing, scientific methods of • lager beer malting, improvements in • lager beer oysters, Matthew Vassar's • lager beer production, hop and barley • lager beer, as drink of moderation • lager beer, cloudiness of • lager beer, fermenting problems • lager beer, German lager as affordable drink • lager beer, German-American brewery expansion • lager beer, origins of • lager beer, peripheral trades, affect on • lager beer, westward expansion of • Edward V. Lahey • Ella Liner Lambert • Geoff and Marcy Larson • law, casual disregard for • Elizabeth Ellicott Lea • leaveners, chemical • Richard Henry Lee • Leinenkugel brewery • Eliza Leslie • Liberty (magazine) • Liberty Island • light beer • Little Oyster Island • Loblaw-Jewel chain • Lone Star brewery • Lord Chesterfield Ale

M

Joseph Chesterfield Mackin • Madame Chiang's Chinese Cook Book (Girnau) • Madeira in colonial recipes • Madeira • maizone • "Malt-and-Hop" stores • malt, Boston imported • malt, boycott of English • malt, imported as valuable commodity • malt, Virginia imported • malt, Virginia lacked quality barley • malt extract • malt houses • malt houses, barley processing • malt houses, lack of • malt rationing, World War II • malt substitutes • malt syrup and cheese • malt syrup as kitchen staple • malt syrup for homebrewing • malt syrup for vinegar • malt syrup in baked goods • malt syrup in breads • malt syrup in cookies • malt syrup in dressings • malt syrup in entrees • malt syrup in sweets • malt syrup industry, self-regulated • malt syrup, as kitchen staple • malt syrup, as sweetener • malt syrup, color depends on kilning • malt syrup, cooking with • malt syrup, corn syrup vs. • malt syrup, for homebrewing • malt syrup, hop-flavored • malt syrup, in baked goods • malt syrup, in breads • malt syrup, in candies • malt syrup, in cheese products • malt syrup, in cookies • malt syrup, in dressings • malt syrup, in entrŽes • malt syrup, in sweets • malt syrup, nutritive qualities • malt syrup, regulations controlling • malt syrup, restricted use and sale • malt syrup, vinegar from • malting centers, expansion of • malting, improved methods • Malt-Nutrine • Malt-Nutrine, nutritional value • Manchuria (barley grain) • Manhattan beer • manioca • market, competition for American • Mary Meade's food column • Maryland • mashing technique, decoction vs. infusion • Massachusetts • Master Brewers Association of America • material conservation, World War I • material conservation, World War II • Fritz Maytag • Jack McAuliffe • David McCullough • Meister Brau seasonal bock beer • men in the kitchen • H.L. Mencken • Felix Mendelsohn • Merrylegs pears (liquor) • Metz Bros. Brewing Company • Michelob beer • Middle Colonies • Middle Colonies, Dutch influence in • Middle Colonies, English influence in • Miller brewery • Miller Special Reserve • Miller's Clear Beer • Peter Minuit • Miss Farmer's School of Cookery • mixed drinks, sweet • Modern Brewery Age • Moerlein's National Export Beer • Molasses Act (1733) • molasses, brewing without • molasses, in beer production • molasses, in food recipes • molasses, in mixed drinks • molasses, liqueur from, distilled • molasses, malt syrup replacement for • molasses, replacement for maly syrup • molasses, rum from • molasses, small beer • molasses, Spruce beer • molasses, vinegar from • Molson Coors brewery • Muenchener beer • Mumble-heads (liquor) • Leo van Munching • Munich-style lagers • mushrooms, identifying poisonous

N • O

Nash brewery • National Beer Wholesalers Association • National Brewery • National Can Company • National Malt Products Manufacturers' Association • Navigation Acts (1651) • near beer • "needle" beer • New Albion Brewing • New Amsterdam • The New England Farmer • New England • New Hampshire • The New Storz Cook Book (Storz) • New York • Robert Carter Nichols • non-alcoholic beer • non-alcoholic benchmark • Nu-Kraft • nutritional value of Barley-Malt • oatmeal stout • Oderbrucker (barley grain) • Governor James Oglethorpe • An Open Letter to the American People (Busch) • oysters and beer

P

Pablo (non-alcoholic Pabst) • Pabst Brewing Company • Pabst cheeses • Pabst-ett (cheese product) • Pagosa Springs Brewing Company • Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer • Doctor Louis Pasteur • "pasteurization" of bottled beers • pearlash • William Penn • Pennsbury brewhouse • Pennsylvania • Peter Ballantine brewery • Pete's Place brewpub • Phenix Cheese Company • Philadelphia • Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese • Pilsen (Plzen) brewery • pilsner beer • pilsner beer, adjuncts, brewing with • pilsner beer, Bohemian pilsner • pilsner beer, bottling of • pilsner beer, early American • pilsner beer, origins of • Pilsner Urquell brewery • Sir John Pitt • Poor Richard's Ale • Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce • porter beer • Poughkeepsie brewpub • Practical Cooking and Dinner Giving. A Treatise Containing Practical Instructions in Cooking (Henderson) • Premier Malt • Joe Prichard • Pete Prichard • Principles of Brewing Science and An Analysis of Brewing Techniques (Fix) • prohibition • prohibition, fearing return to • prohibition, saloon opposition to • prohibiton, repeal of • Promptuarium Paravulum • public relations campaign

Q • R

Quakers • Quartering Act (1765) • Peyton Randolph • Red Hook brewery • retail outlets, beer • Revenue Act (1764) • Rhinelander Bock beer • Rhode Island • rituals and practices, beer • Roanoke settlement • Robert Smith Ale Brewing Company • Franklin D. Roosevelt • Rosie the Riveter • Royal Society (London) • rum, as debilitating substance • rum, demon • rum, Pennsylvania duty tax on • rum, usage in food • rum ration for Continental Army • rum trade, influenced American cuisine • Jacob Ruppert • Benjamin Rush

S

SABMiller brewery • Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) • Saccharomyces uvarum (yeast) • salertus (leavening agent) • saloon • saloon food • saloon, beer and lunch in • saloon, opposition to during prohibition • 1880-1920 (Duis), The Saloon: Public Drinking in Chicago and Boston • saloons, opposition to prohibition • saltpeter, use of • Samuel Adams Boston Lager • Samuel Adams Cream Stout • Samuel Adams Scotch Ale • Sandwich Book of All Nations (Girnau) • Schlitz Brewery • Schlitz Malt Syrup in the Home (Schlitz) • Schmidt brewery • Christian Schmidt • Scott (barley grain) • Session Premium Lager • Seven Years' War • Paul Shipman • ship's beer • Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant • Siebel Institute of Technology • Doctor John E. Siebel • Sierra Nevada Brewery Porter • Sierra Nevada Brewery • Amelia Simmons • Tony Simmons • Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout • skimmings • small beer • Al Smith • sourdough culture for baking • Walter Staib • steam beer • steinies (non-returnable bottles) • Stevens Point brewery • Graham Stewart • Storz Brewing Company • Harriet Beecher Stowe • Stroh Brewing Company • strong beer • strong beers, shelf life with • Dave and Sam Strupeck • suffigkeit beer • Sugar Act (1764) • sugar, smuggling of non-British • super-premium beer

T • U

Francois Tanty • taste preferences, changing • taverns • taverns, increased number of • tax revenues on beer • temperance beer • temperance movement • Theo. Hamm Brewing Company • Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale • Captain George Thorpe • 300 New Ways of Making Delicious Sandwiches (Girnau) • Throwback Lager • Townshend Duties (1767) • trade protectionism • Treaty of Westminster (1674) • Tried and Tested Cookie Recipes (Girnau) • twopenny ale • William Uihlein • United Brewers Industrial Foundation • United East India Company • United States Brewers Association • United States Brewers Foundation

V

Vassar College • James Vassar • Matthew Vassar • Vaterland • Nathan Vaughn • Velveeta cheese • Victory Brewing • vinegar processing • Virginia • Virginia, barley cultivation dismissed • Virginia, beer in early • Virginia, homebrew from fermentables • Virginia, imported beer from England • Virginia, malt substitutes • Virginia, native corn as substitute for barley • Virginia, tobacco as cash crop • Virginia ale, reliant on English • Virginia beer, corn stalk • Virginia Company (London) • Virginia Gazette • Virginia malt barley, lacking quality • Virginia malt, imported English • Virginia small beer, brewed low-alcohol • Volstead Act

W

John Wagner • Wagner's beer • Wahl & Henius Institute of Chicago • Doctor Robert Wahl • Wahl-Henius Institute • War of 1812 • Washington Porter • George Washington • Webb Resolution • West India Company • West Indies • Tom Weston • wheat • Wayne Wheeler • whiskey • Whitbread Brewery • white corn flakes added to mash • White Horse Tavern • White House Cook Book: A Selection of Choice Recipes Original & Selected (Ervin and Gillette) • Widmer Brothers Blonde Ale • Widmer Brothers Brewery • Kurt and Rob Widmer • Widmer's I.P.A. beer • The Wiedemann Book of Unusual Recipes • Wiedemann brewery • wild yeast causing bad beer • President Woodrow Wilson • Governor John Winthrop Jr. • Wisconsin's State Brewers Association • women consumers • World Beer Championships • Wurzburger beer • Wurzburger Hofbrau AG

Y

Yakima Brewing & Malting Company • Yards Brewing Company • yeast, baker's • yeast, cake of • yeast, finding supply of • yeast, grain meal for holding • yeast, leavening of breads/cakes • yeast, pure, isolation of • yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae • yeast, Saccharomyces uvarum • yeast, supply of, finding • yeast, wild, causing bad beer • yeast skimmings • yeast strains, isolation of pure • Yuengling Traditional Lager

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