Stephanie “Stevie” Pierson, who grew up in Mt. Washington and Bolton Hill, has written The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes, dedicated to the ultimate braised comfort food.
There’s another Baltimore tie, too. The book includes a recipe for Beef Brisket with Tangy Peaches by chef/owner John Shields of Gertrude’s, who will be hosting a book launch and dinner at the restaurant on Oct. 20 for Stevie.
The event is open to the public, and reservations are recommended. There will be a special brisket dinner offered in addition to the regular menu. Copies of the brisket book will be available for purchase, and Stevie will be happy to sign them.
When I asked Stevie, “Why brisket?” she responded via e-mail. “I decided to write a book about brisket when I realized how passionate I was about brisket,” she said. “I realized that although brisket is in just about every cookbook, it didn't have its own cookbook. And I thought, well, that is just wrong for brisket to get so little respect and attention.”
She also added that people were enthusiastic when she was searching for recipes: “They would inevitably respond, ‘Do I have a brisket recipe?! I have the best brisket recipe ever!’”
In addition to the recipes—from the likes of chef Daniel Boulud, Joan Nathan, pit masters, and home cooks—the book features great cooking advice, chef interviews, and butcher tips. There are also chapters on side dishes and what to drink with your meal, including a recipe for a Clove’n Hoof Cocktail that sounds wicked.
The Brisket Book (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $29.99) will be released tomorrow (Oct. 4). Stevie has also written other books, including Vegetables Rock! I’m sure they’re good, but I’m glad she loves brisket as much as I do.