Sear, deglaze, enhance and serve: dinners can be that simple.

Searing Inspiration | Susan Volland“Searing Inspiration is a gem of a cookbook. Susan Volland empowers even novice cooks to feel confident searing foods like a chef and making rich pan sauces. Follow her easy instructions and you’ll be creating elegant entrées like a pro.”

– Grace Young, James Beard Award-winning author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge

“ With her encouraging voice Susan Volland equips you with foundational cooking skills and knowledge to make you a confident cook. The recipes are unfussy and versatile, many of the sauces go with vegetables, meats, and seafood. But what I loved most is Susan’s advice: ‘The right way to make a sauce is your way.’”
– Cameron Stauch, author of Vegetarian Viet Nam


Learn how to skillfully wield a hot skillet then quickly create a fresh sauce in the same hot pan. Searing Inspiration is a unique, mix-and-match approach to making fast, flavorful, contemporary dinners.

The book was inspired by a Mastering Sauces recipe; It’s-Been-a-Long-Damn-Day, Wine-From-Your-Glass Pan Sauce. It’s loaded with easy to follow recipes and suggestions for variations and experimentation. The chapters are divided into seafood, poultry, meats, and meatless items, but each recipe includes 3-4 entree alternatives. Seared Salmon is fantastic when drizzled with Tomato, Fennel and Saffron Oil, but so are fresh mackerel fillets and lamb chops. Why limit your choices? Alongside 60 enticing recipes and photographs, there are a dozen reference tables to help you make the most of seasonal ingredients – or to find inspiration in what you may have on hand.

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