Synopses & Reviews
The art of grilling means so much more than burgers around the picnic table. Whether using charcol ketle barbecues or gleaming top-of-the-line backyard kitchens, today's grill loverds can create a fantastic range of sophisticated dishes. Folks are firing up the barbecue more often than ever these days, and no one understands the lure of the flame like the people at Weber, the preeminent maker of home grills. Their delightful cookbook brings grilling to a whole new level. It starts off with techniques, tricks, and tools of the trade; includes basic sauces, bastes, rubs, and marinades; and continues with more than 100 fabulous recipes for everything from your classic burger and perfect steak to succulent garlic-mint chicken, spicy swordfish, and vegetarian entrees with a smoky accent. And to quench an outdoor thirst, there are ideas for the right wine or microbrew to serve with them. Also included are tips for entertaining with sizzle and menu suggestions for both casual and celebratory occaisons. Full of festive and luscious photographs. Weber's Art of the Grill is a year-round treat for any backyard chef.
"For barbecue enthusiasts, Weber's Art of the Grill: Recipes for Outdoor Living, by Jamie Purviance is a rich resource. Practical as expected from master barbecue manufacturer Weber-Stephen Products Co. and handsome, this book is full of imaginative recipes and beautiful photographs. Its chapters are devoted to courses with bonus wine suggestions and entertaining ideas." Sunset
And while we're looking for variations, who says a cookbook has to be a book? Weber's Art of the Grill Deck (Chronicle Books; $14.95)
is a boxed set of cards that can be easily carried to the supermarket. One side of each card is printed with a recipe, the other with a glowing picture of the results. The fifty cards offer a full grill menu, with recipes for starters, sides and salads, meat, seafood, and poultry, vegetable main dishes, sauces, and desserts. The neatly edited and presented collection pushes the envelope in flavor and technique. The dishes range from Moroccan Butterflied Leg of Lamb and Tandoori Chicken Pieces to Street Corner Sausages with Grilled Onion and Fennel.
The deck includes cards that offer menu suggestions and cooking techniques, but even with these tips, some of the recipes will take a practiced hand. Cornbread cooked on the grill in a skillet will take more than one try to get right. But the recipes are well thought out. Berry Biscotti Crisp is perfectly designed for the grill, with a light crust of ground up biscotti and delicate fruits that give up their juices quickly. Other recipes call for strong flavors that stand up to a smoky grill finish. Coffee and Pepper-Crusted New York Steaks are meaty, sharp, smooth, and as close to perfect as a steak can get. -Cookbook Digest
A maker of home grills offers more than one hundred recipes for the backyard chef as well as tricks and techniques, marinades and sauces, and entertainment tips for the perfect meal.
Here's everything you need for great grilling and easy outdoor entertaining from Webers grilling experts-all in a portable deck. These convenient cards can follow you from grocery to kitchen to grill, and include over 50 recipes from classic steaks and burgers to Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp, Jalapeno-Citrus Tuna Steaks, and Garlic-and-Mint-Roasted Chicken. Each recipe is accompanied by a lavish photograph, plus helpful grilling tips to make outdoor cooking a breeze.
About the Author
Tim Turner is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit
, and other publications, as well as in best-selling cookbooks by Charlie Trotter and Jacques Pepin. He lives in Chicago.
Mike Kempster, Sr. is executive vice president of the Weber Stephen Products Company, and has been grilling for more than 30 years. He also lives in Chicago.
Jamie Purviance has been a chef at a Napa Valley winery, food editor of Appellation magazine, and a contributor to various books, magazines, and new media. He holds a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, and lives in the Napa Valley.