The definitive guide to an American classic though the lens of New York Times journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer's culinary friendship.
Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer share a passion for meatloaf and have been exchanging recipes via phone, email, text and instant message for decades. A Meatloaf in Every Oven is their homage to a distinct tradition, with 50 killer recipes, from the best classic takes to riffs by world-famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali; from Italian polpettone to Middle Eastern kibbe to curried bobotie; from the authors' own favorites to those of prominent politicians. Bruni and Steinhauer address all the controversies (Ketchup, or no? Saute the veggies?) surrounding a dish that has legions of enthusiastic disciples and help you to troubleshoot so you never have to suffer a dry loaf again.
This love letter to meatloaf incorporates history, personal anecdotes and even meatloaf sandwiches, all the while making you feel like you're cooking with two trusted and knowledgeable friends.
Veteran New York Times writers Bruni and Steinhauer offer up a remarkably inventive and solid collection of recipes for one of America's most popular comfort foods. Fittingly opening with a classic version of traditional meatloaf courtesy of Bruni's mother, the duo explore the boundaries of all things meatloaf, incorporating different meats such as lamb, duck, tuna, and chicken with winning results. Traditionalists will find plenty to like here, and more adventurous cooks will appreciate the South African bobotie loaf, a lamb-based loaf incorporating tamarind paste, curry powder, raisins, a Granny Smith apple, and bay leaf infused milk; Mario Batali's multilayered stuffed meatloaf; and Bobby Flay's complex Korean-style meatloaf with spicy glaze. Fun riffs such as a Swedish meatball loaf and a cheeseburger and fries loaf will bring kids to the table, as will chef Garret Fleming's decadent macaroni and cheese, which will forever alter readers' definition of this classic side. Liberally peppered with Bruni and Steinhauer's snappy dialogue, this is a terrific collection that deserves a look from meatloaf lovers of all ages.