Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue

As the weather gets warmer, in my house, we start pulling The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue down off the shelf more and more.

Some highlights (adapted from Publisher's description):
  • The 12-page introduction to grilling, "Outdoor Cooking 101," a step-by-step guide to the essentials of grilling using both charcoal and gas grills.
  • A buyers guide, "Equipment and Tools for Outdoor Cooking," where charcoal grills, gas grills, accessories, etc. are rated.
  • Over 450 recipes for all your favorites — steak tips, ribs, and barbecued chicken as well as some that will expand your repertoire.
  • More than 300 step-by-step illustrations that walk you through the basics of food preparation, such as how to cut beef for kebabs, trim beef tenderloin, and grill-roast a turkey.
What I like best about this book are the how-to guides. The recipes are great (the Pork Loin recipes alone are worth the price of the book, in my opinion) but the guides will show you how to cook anything on a grill. Not just burgers and chicken, but veggies, roasting, anything, though the meat directions are the highlight. Anyone who wants to spend their summer cooking outside (and not heating up the kitchen by turning on the oven!) will love The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue.

Buy The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue on Amazon.

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