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Sunday, June 19, 2011

cookbook review: Everyday Grilling from Sur la Table

Author: Sur la Table
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Hard Cover :  115 Pages
Photos: Yes

Chapters/Sections: Everyday Grilling, Appetizers, Salads and Sandwiches, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Desserts

Unique or Cool Features: The Everyday Grilling Section in the beginning of the book guides the reader through everything from Getting Ready to Grill to what every "griller" should have in their Toolbox to Cooking on Charcoal Grills (Direct & Indirect Fire) and different types of woods to use to Gas Grilling.  Also included is a list of Specialty Grill Gadgets and Techniques and a guide to Using Rubs, Marinades, Bastes, Mops and Finishing Sauces.  A Metric Conversions and Equivalents chart is tucked into the back of the book.

(a few of the) Recipes Destined for my Kitchen:  Grilled Mozzarella and Anchovies in Chard Leaves, Grilled Cauliflower Steaks w/ Tahini Sauce, Grilled Pattypan Squash w/ Chorizo & Cotija Cheese, Garden Ketchup, Grilled Country Pork Chops w/ Bourbon-Basted Grilled Peaches, Wood-Grilled Brie Burgers w/ Grilled Onions and Fresh Tomato Relish, Grilled Pizza w/ Mozzarella, Arugula, and Chile Oil, Grilled Romaine w/ a Six-Minute Farm Egg, Grilled Pineapple and Pound Cake w/ Mexican Chocolate Ganache, Grilled Banana Split

My Thoughts/Review:  This pint-sized cookbook packs an enormous punch.  Seriously, don't let its size fool you.  Bright, eye-catching photos abound in this small cookbook that features 50 recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts.  While the recipes center around the grill, there are also condiments and side dishes that don't require a grill...but accompany the foods that you do cook outside very nicely.  My mouth waters...I mean, it actually does...every time I page through this book.  I think it would make a great addition to any cook's kitchen, from the weekend griller to the seasoned chef.  So many fabulous ideas, flavors, and combinations.

Recipe I have already tried:  Grilled Five-Spice Chicken
*I received a free copy of this book to review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions stated in this post are 100% mine.
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  1. Look absolutely delicious girl chef I adore grill! xgloria

  2. The book sound great. It's a fitting post for today as I received a new grill cookbook in my Williams Sonoma fathers day package. Hmmm maybe I'll do a reveiw on it after the first recipe. Have a great Sunday!

  3. Great review, the recipes you listed to try sound delicious and the one you did try looks fantastic.

  4. lovely review and chicken sounds like a good book

  5. My mouth waters just looking at that picture. I love chicken off the grill.

  6. I am always looking for a good grilling book!

  7. our apartment doesn't allow grilling, boo! but if it did, i would definitely be picking up this book, i love grilled food!

  8. Holy cow that chicken looks wonderful! We can always use help with the grill and this looks like the perfect little book to add to my collection.

  9. This book is sitting in my review stack. ;-( I need to pull it out and start cooking from it. Loving the Five-spice on that chicken.

  10. For some reason I don't have much variety in what I grill. After reading your review, I really must make and effort to try somethings new. Thanks.