Marie gets corn. Marie gets the Midwest love affair with corn, and why it's so darned important to buy and eat it pretty much the minute someone harvests it off the cornstal. For me, that means no grocery store corn on the cob. Ever. Yes, I am a corn snob.
This lovely book, full of tantalizing recipes, gives us the inspiration behind her experiments with corn: her husband, who could--apparently very seriously--would be thrilled to eat nothing but corn. For his birthday one year, Marie decided to do a "Day of Corn"--every component of every meal had corn in it. He was delighted, and a tradition was born, one that led to this book.
The brief introduction has some helpful tips about buying and cooking with corn. I didn't realize that the reason corn becomes tough when it's overcooked is because fresh corn kernels contain a milky substance that hardens up when overcooked. Nor did I realize you could sweeten up corn that's slightly past its prime by adding milk to the boiling water.
Then there are the recipes. Wouldn't you like to try the Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob? Of course you would. How about a Spicy Corn Pakora? Ham and Corn Skewers with Pineapple-Bourbon Glaze? A Creamy Sweet Corn Popsicle? Yes, please.