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Crazy for Crab: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Fabulous Crab at Home

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In Crazy for Crab Fred Thompson begins with a comprehensive chapter on the basics of crab varieties and how to cook them, then launches into chapters of delectable recipes. His chapter devoted to the glorious variety of crab cakes includes Fred’s Pretty Darn Close to Perfect Crab Cakes, with scallions and bell pepper, as well as the more adventurous Thai Crab Cakes with Chili-Garlic Sauce. The chapter on soft-shell crab includes such preparations as Pan-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs with Warm Tomato and Bacon ...

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Crazy for Crab: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Fabulous Crab at Home

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Overview

In Crazy for Crab Fred Thompson begins with a comprehensive chapter on the basics of crab varieties and how to cook them, then launches into chapters of delectable recipes. His chapter devoted to the glorious variety of crab cakes includes Fred’s Pretty Darn Close to Perfect Crab Cakes, with scallions and bell pepper, as well as the more adventurous Thai Crab Cakes with Chili-Garlic Sauce. The chapter on soft-shell crab includes such preparations as Pan-Fried Soft-Shell Crabs with Warm Tomato and Bacon Vinaigrette, while the chapter on hard-shells features multiple versions of crab boils. There are also chapters on salads, soups, appetizers, brunches and light meals, and casseroles, with recipes including Crab Salad with Asparagus and Lime, Spicy Red Crab Soup, and Crab and Artichoke Dip. All are accompanied by mouthwatering photos of finished dishes, pictures of famous crab restaurants from plain to fancy, decorative illustrations, and stories of watermen and crabbers from around the country.

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Editorial Reviews

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"To elevate the delicate flavors of crab meat used to be a challengs for many . . . not anymore! Fred Thompson is sharing with us more than 100 great crab recipes inspired by regional and traditional home cooking."—Eric Ripert, chef at Le Bernardin and author of A Return to Cooking

"This is the best book on crab that I have ever read. It is chock full of practical information, as well as great stories of wonderful crabby places and people. Best of all, Fred Thompson demonstrates the versatility of this delicious creature through his marvelous collection of interesting and tasty recipes."—Jasper White, author of Lobster at Home and proprietor of the Summer Shack restaurants

"Fred Thompson has what every American needs—the lowdown on how to easily prepare crab in ways both healthy and delicious. In Crazy for Crab, Fred shares the secrets of his Chesapeake Bay upbringing in selecting and cooking one of the tastiest seafoods."—John Connelly, president of the National Fisheries Institute

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Thompson, a food writer based in North Carolina, grew up eating blue crab in traditional Southern preparations like She-Crab Soup. Here, he covers all the other important members of the family, from the West Coast Dungeness to Alaskan king to Florida stone crab, along with recipes inspired by a variety of cuisines. He includes detailed information on buying and preparing the different varieties of crab and types of crabmeat, boxes on topics such as "Crab Feeds, Feasts, and Boils," and a list of crab festivals around the country. The delectable recipes range from Soft-Shell Crabs in Spicy Peanut Sauce to Crab R moulade with Fried Green Tomatoes to crab cakes (more than a dozen versions). Thompson has an engaging style, and his latest will be useful as a reference as well as a cookbook. For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322660
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 904,008
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Thompson is a writer and food stylist who divides his time between Raleigh, North Carolina, and New York City. His career has taken him to the North, but Thompson remains true to his Southern roots, holding fast to his accent and love of all things Southern—especially food. Thompson trained at the Culinary Institute of America and became involved in print and television advertising before starting his own catering business in Raleigh, which he ran from 1988 to 1994. Today, Thompson works as a freelance food stylist, cooking instructor, and food, wine, and travel writer, and runs his own product- and recipe-development business. Thompson has written several cookbooks, including Iced Tea , Lemonade , Crazy for Crab , Barbecue Nation , and Hot Chocolate . Thompson publishes Edible Piedmont magazine, which focuses on food in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, with his wife, Belinda Ellis, who serves as the magazine’s editor. He has been featured on NPR, and is a spokesperson for Lipton Cold Brew. Thompson writes “The Weekend Gourmet,” a bi-weekly column in The Raleigh News & Observer . His work has appeared in Family Circle , Wine & Spirits , Fine Cooking , and Every Day with Rachael Ray . Thompson is also a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction

The Crab Basics
Crab with Cocktails
Wonderful Soups
Creative Crab Salads
The Elusive Perfect Crab Cake
The Old Blue Crab and Other Hard Shells
The Sublime Soft Shells
Brunch, Luncheon, and Light Dinner Fare
Casseroles, Easy Sautes, and One Incredible Indulgence

Crab Festivals
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Recipes You Can Make In a Pinch

    Crazy for Crab takes the fear out of seafood cooking. I love the crab cake recipes! The soups are flavorful and can be made in minutes and my family has loved them this winter. Now finally, I can try the soft shell crab recipes! I enjoy reading the book as well as cooking from it, it weaves in stories about the people who crab for a living. Anyone who loves a good fish story will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    wonderful cookbook for all crab lovers

    This cookbook is outstanding for all true lovers of crab. All of the recipes are well explained and tasty. The author also includes many variations--which is a must for any seafood cookbook. His version of She crab soup is especially good for the novice crab cook. I highly recommend this title. MGD

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