Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book Recipes from America's Premier Sausage Maker Homemade Sausages and Recipes That Use Them
Bruce Aidells' Complete Sausage Book is a veritable encyclopedia of sausage recipes and sausage-making techniques. If you enjoy sausage and making sausage this is a book to have.
Co-authored with Denis Kelly, Mr. Aidells' recipes are easy to follow and well written. Most of the recipes are based on tradition but are still very inspired, such as Kentucky-Style Pork Sausage, Cajun-Style Andouille, and Fresh Kielbasa. The recipes are arranged by geographic location: American Farmhouse Sausage, From the South, From the Heartland, From the Southwest, Mediterranean Sausage, and Asian Sausage there's also a chapter entitled Game and Seafood Sausages. What makes this book more useful than many "standard" sausage-making books is that much of the book focuses on recipes that utilize sausage, such as Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, and Spaghetti with Sausage and Fresh Tomato Sauce.
The Complete Sausage Book also contains valuable information about sausages in general: history, tips, techniques, etc. But what makes this book even more enjoyable are the stories and anecdotes that are peppered throughout many of the recipes include personal stories and histories written by the authors. The Complete Sausage Book can be read from cover to cover it is not your standard cookbook.
If you are a fan of Bruce Aidells' this book will offer additional interest in that some of the text and recipes were taken directly from one of his earlier books that is sadly out of print: Hot Links and Country Flavors, Sausages in American Regional Cooking. Hot Links and Country Flavors includes some of Mr. Aidells' best work, and it now is available again.