The angle: No one becomes a grill master overnight — start here.
Recipes for right now: Jalapeño-Bacon-Cheddar Burgers, Carne Asada Tacos, Smoked Prime Rib, Baby Back Ribs with Asian-Style Glaze, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Moroccan-Style Halibut, Grilled Eggplant with Feta
Who would enjoy this book? Cooks who are new to grilling
• Who wrote it: Fred Thompson for Williams-Sonoma
• Who published it: Weldon Owen
• Number of recipes: 100
• Other highlights: This feels like a solid intro to grilling for someone eager to get their grill on, but unsure exactly where to start. The book begins with a comprehensive look a different grill styles, how to build a charcoal fire, equipment, and different grilling techniques. Lots of pictures in this section illustrate how everything should look and feel at each stage.
The recipes span a good range, from a basic cowboy steak to things like paella and smoked duck breasts — lots to occupy an enthusiastic griller all summer! I particularly appreciate that each recipe comes with a "game plan" outlining essential steps and timing for the recipe.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Grill Master by Fred Thompson
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