07 May 2016

Weekend Cooking: Pornburger by Mathew Ramsey

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Review: Pornburger by Matthew RamseyDo you like burgers? If so, you'll like Mathew Ramsey's new book Pornburgers. Many of the recipes and photos were first seen on his blog--called, of course, PornBurger--but the book contains new information and collects some of the best of his work all in one place.

The first part of the book is all about the photos and what Ramsey calls "the stack," which is made up of the things between the bun. On one page you'll see an amazing photo of an inventive burger, and on the next page you're given the ingredients of the stack, with cross-references to the recipes.

All of his burgers have punny names, some with a sexual innuendo. Here are a few that made me smile:
  • Bill U Murray Me?
  • Calicornication (see the scan)
  • Croque Van Damme
  • The Full Mounty
  • Porknado
Basically, Ramsey is all about the uninhibited burger. His no-holds-barred, no combo is unworthy of a try approach is fun to read about and inspiring, even if you're generally a classic burger fan. Oh and if beef isn't your thing, you'll also find pork, lamb, poultry, fish, and veggie burgers.

I think one of my favorite sandwiches is the very clever "Pop Tart" burger, which consists of beef, bacon jam, and a smoky sauce baked inside a crust that's shaped like a Pop Tart. Easy to eat, fun to serve, and not quite as big as Ramsey's stacks.

The last two-thirds of Pornburger contains the recipes. You'll find information on how to make the perfect burger, starting from grinding your own meat to cooking it to perfection. There are also recipes for sauces and spreads, sides and pickles, and a variety of homemade buns. Scattered throughout the book are tips and tricks as well as resources and Pornburger-worthy restaurants.

Recommendation: Personally, I don't see me eating a 6-inch-high burger stack, but I'm definitely interested in Mathew Ramsey's recipes. Pornburger contains a number of rubs for flavoring bacon, for example, and I love the idea of making my own condiments, such as all-American ketchup, shallot compote, and avocado crema. My own burger would likely be more like a "Half Mounty," but still good and still inspired by Ramsey.

Here is a scan of one of the burgers and the stack (from uncorrected proof); click the image to see it full size.

The following short video of Mathew Ramsey making a burger was shot by National Geographic.

Note on the scans: the images were used here in the context of a review. All rights remain with the original copyright holders: Ecco and Mathew Ramsey.

Published by Ecco, 2016
ISBN-13: 9780062408655
Source: Review: audiobook (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


rhapsodyinbooks 5/7/16, 6:57 AM  

Holy cow (so to speak). Sounds like we would have to double our statin dose for this book, LOL

Tina 5/7/16, 7:35 AM  

I indeed love a good burger now and again but these look too decadent for me! I know I would need to eat this with a fork. It does sounds like a good book to thumb through though and I am happy to hear they include chicken, fish and veggie varieties!

jama 5/7/16, 8:00 AM  

Heart attack on a bun! Fun to see all the possibilities, though. I never could understand the thinking behind any really tall stacked sandwich -- hard to bite into.

Jackie Mc Guinness 5/7/16, 8:21 AM  

We're always on the lookout for the perfect burger!!
I also like the idea of making my own condiments rather than store bought.

Melynda Brown 5/7/16, 10:06 AM  

Burgers like that look wonderful! But you need a knife and fork as your mouth will not fit around that bad boy. Bring on the napkins!

Katherine P 5/7/16, 10:16 AM  

Oh these look gorgeous! I don't see me doing the full 6 inch burger either but I love the idea of the combinations and the condiment recipes. Plus even though I wouldn't do the full burger I would love to look at all the pictures!

Mae Travels 5/7/16, 10:47 AM  

From what I've seen this week in Paris, burgers are pretty popular here too -- adapted from US versions, or just served at McDonald's which is of course a worldwide chain. I admit I've leaned towards other foods. I'd have to be here much more than a week to get around to burgers. But I'll keep your suggestion in mind when I get home!

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Vicki 5/7/16, 11:17 AM  

I love a good burger, and this book sounds like one I'd like. Love the names he gives the burgers!!

Deb in Hawaii 5/7/16, 12:08 PM  

Wow! That cover is such a stand out! This looks like a fun book with the gorgeous pictures and the 'punny' burger names. I am a sauce fanatic so I would especially like to look through the sauce and condiment recipes. ;-)

Deb in Hawaii 5/7/16, 12:12 PM  

Beth, can you take out the first link I added please? I apparently goofed and it was wrong. ;-( Sorry!

Beth F 5/7/16, 12:16 PM  

Deb in Hawaii: no problem. Done!

Claudia 5/7/16, 12:34 PM  

Mile high burgers make for good food porn pics, wow!! but not really something to get your mouth around :) I'm not crazy about burgers, and have maybe one (if that) a year.

Lyn Lindfield 5/8/16, 3:18 AM  

I am not really a burger person but it does look like a great book.

Shamim Khan 5/8/16, 12:02 PM  
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