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From tea and French press coffee to flavored vinegars and oils and even many traditional soda pops, infusions have always been a part of our daily lives. Now they are becoming more and more prevalent as many talented chefs and bartenders are creating custom infusions for use in both food and cocktails.
These infusions can be used in unique and novel ways but they all stem from the same process, transferring flavor from herbs, spices, and other flavoring agents into a liquid. Exploring this process allows you to create many wonderful dishes, from custom cocktails and personalized sodas to flavorful vinaigrettes and sauces.There are many different ways to create infusions but several modernist techniques turn the process from a multi-day, or multi-month, process into one that can be accomplished in just a few hours or even minutes.
This book covers the basics of what an infusion actually is, as well as how to create them both through the traditional, time-based process and the modernist methods of using a whipping siphon, sous vide, and fat washing.
Creating infusions is fun and easy and you will master this process in no time by using the more than 140 recipes in this book spread across infused alcohols, vinegars, food, soda, and water. There are also recipes focused on using the resulting infusions in cocktails, vinaigrettes, shrubs, sauces, foams, gels, and spheres.After reading this book you will be able to consistently create amazing infusions of your own with a minimal amount of effort.
Jason Logsdon is a passionate home cook, entrepreneur, and web developer. He helps cooks understand new modernist cooking techniques with easy-to-understand directions and recipes. He has several books and a website on modernist cooking that are read by thousands of people every month including the best selling Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Sous Vide as well as Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Getting Started, Modernist Cooking Made Easy: The Whipping Siphon, Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Party Foods, Beginning Sous Vide, Sous Vide: Help for the Busy Cook, and Sous Vide Grilling. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter at @jasonlogsdon_sv.