Fedoras share tips on food-beer pairings in new cookbook

Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:01am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Husband and wife team Brooke and Luther Fedora show how beer adds complexity to a dish and why selecting the right brew can elevate any meal in their debut cookbook, "The Foodie's Beer Book."

The culinary couple has been creating beer-inspired dinners for four years at their popular gastropub, the Horse & Hound in Charlottesville, North Carolina, which they opened in 2007.

They feature versions of roasted chicken, smoked and roasted ribs and bacon-wrapped dates at the restaurant, where customers can choose 30 types of craft beers in a bottle.

Brooke, 34, who was born in Spooner, Wisconsin and Luther, 37, who hails from Birmingham, Alabama, spoke to Reuters about creating their beer-inspired dishes and offered tips to make desserts with the beverage.

Q: How do you create your food-beer pairings?

Luther: You could go seasonally with the beer and you look at the flavor profiles of the beers and you look at what’s available fresh seasonally produce-wise. Then you put it all together.

Brooke: Beer is more complex now, especially with the craft brews that people are making. Sometimes we might pick a beer and make a dish around it based on the flavors of the beer.

Q: Do you tend to create a dish around a beer or do you look to complement a dish with a beer?   Continued...

Authors Brooke and Luther Fedora are shown in this 2012 handout photo in New York provided by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. on August 18, 2014.  REUTERS/James Rowinski/Skyhorse Publishing/Handout via Reuters