Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Grill to Perfection

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review - Grill to Perfection

Grill to Perfection
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About the Book
The art of grilling is as old as fire and more popular than ever. Whether it’s the convenience of a gas grill or the traditionalism and taste of charcoal, the right recipes paired with the right techniques can create delicious and unforgettable meals.

As home grillers look for new backyard culinary adventures, a new book takes the art of grilling to the next level. GRILL TO PERFECTION [Page Street Publishing, April 2014, $21.99 US], by veteran barbecue champions Andy Husbands and Chris Hart, break the mold by offering a wide range of incredible new recipes for the grill along with tips, techniques and tools of the trade that will make anything cooked on a grill perfection.

“Grilling to us is more than a way to cook, it’s a way of life,” the authors state. “This book is about grilling and for us, as in all our books, technique is the key. Because temperatures can vary dramatically in a grill, it’s important to develop a feel for the fire rather than rigidly follow recipes. Once you master the temperatures and timing on a grill, the sky’s the limit.”

The authors cover topics such as: Our Go-To Cooking Methods, How to Build a Two-Zone Fire in a Gas Grill, and The Tools We Always Have When We Grill.

Andy and Chris, winners of multiple national barbecue championships including the Jack Daniel's Invitational, take influences from lesser-known but delicious styles from American and international dishes. Recipes in the book feature fish, pork, lamb, poultry, beef, veggies, drinks and desserts, perfect for any occasion and include:

  • Tamari-Glazed Steak with Sweet-and-Spicy Rice
  • Curried Chicken Tenderloins with Coconut and Papaya Salad
  • Seared Greens with Grilled Chicken Livers and Blue Cheese
  • Jerk Ribs with Guava Glaze and Grilled Bananas
  • Lemon and Fresh Herb Grill-Roasted Leg of Lamb
  • Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Bruschetta and Pork Butter Spread
  • Grill-Roasted Ginger Clams with Sake and Scallions
  • Grilled Trout Stuffed with Fresh Herb Salad
  • Eric’s Molasses-Chipotle Glazed Sweet Potatoes
  • Charred Spring Vegetables
  • Sweet Onion Corn Cakes
  • Grilled Corn with White Miso Butter
  • Elvis’s Grilled Banana Split
  • Pumpkin Bread in a Can with Chocolate Sea Salt Butter

This delicious collection of grilling recipes and techniques will having anyone serving up perfection every time. GRILL TO PERFECTION is the must-have cookbook for outdoor cooking lovers who enjoy their culinary adventures from the grill.

My Take on the Book
I am awaiting warmer weather to come and part of this is because I am ready to be able to grill again and this book is going to help. The book is full of great recipes, tricks and tips about how to best make some amazing grilled items. There were things in this book that I would not have expected like the Pumpkin Bread in a can as was referenced above! I loved how the book was organized and how easy to follow the instructions were. Most of the recipes seemed like they would not be too time intensive so I think for me they will be on my "to try" list for this year! If you are looking for a complete grilling resource, look here!

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