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He’s a Top Chef master, an Iron Chef, an Emmy Award-winning television host, a booked-solid restaurateur, and his cookbooks have sold half a million copies. And, at heart, Michael Chiarello is a master of cooking over fire. This passion and Michael’s great gifts for sharing his cooking philosophy (described by Publisher’s Weekly as “cooking is craft”) and his recipes with such ease and enthusiasm infuse Live Fire, a book destined to fire up the cooking of anyone who takes pride in their grilling. Live Fire features many ways to cook with open flame and embers: the beloved backyard grill, of course, and also using a fire pit, spit, or rotisserie, and more. Here are 125 of Michael’s surefire recipes for all courses and 100 sumptuous photographs. All this makes Live Fire a substantial volume o be pored over for years to come—and a grilling book unlike any other.
Anyone who has ever been to a Fourth of July party, a backyard barbeque, or any red-blooded carnivore will tell you that great grilling is truly a talent. While over 82 percent of U.S. households light up their grill each year, great grilling takes time, practice, creativity, trial and error – or it can be distilled down into one master volume of best grilling recipes written by two dynamos that Bon Appétit has dubbed “the king and queen of grilling.” For the folks that want the top recipes and mastery attainable for even the home cook, Cheryl and Bill Jamison lay the groundwork and roll out only the “best of” in 100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without. This backyard essential delivers championship recipes with the Jamison’s signature lively wit that reinvigorates the endless utility of this popular cooking technique.
Grilling is the meat-lover’s cooking method of choice. The heart of the Jamisons’ book consists of five big chapters on meats and fish: Steaks, Chops, and Ribs; Blazing Burgers and Haute Dogs; Spit-Roasted (Rotisserie) Poultry and Meat; Chicken, Duck, and Quail; and Fish and Shellfish. A chapter on Fajitas, Tacos, and other Southwestern classics adds to the already substantial main-course selections. The chapter of Vegetable Mains and Sides reveals the glory of fire-kissed produce, and smaller chapters on grilled pizzas and grilled desserts round out the package.
You could wander through hundreds of recipes in cookbooks or on the Web in search of the best in grilling tips and recipes, or you could turn to the authorities who have built a commanding reputation in the subject area with over two decades of travel, research, recipe-testing, and writing. Winners of no less than five cookbook awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Cheryl and Bill Jamison have the chops to offer up a rock-solid compilation of the one hundred best grilling recipes—enough for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Books on outdoor grilling abound, but few get the job done as concisely as Weber’s Charcoal Grilling. Addressed, as most such books are, to the male cook, this collection of 115 attractive recipes, which range from rubs and sauces to desserts–and includes, besides the basics, the tasty likes of Filet Mignon Steaks with Martini Marinade; Dutch Oven Jambalaya; and Caribbean-Spiced Grouper with Yellow Pepper Sauce–necessarily concentrates on technique. A comprehensive, color-photo-illustrated section on fire-mastery helps guide readers through fundamentals and more advanced approaches like outdoor smoking. Included also are portraits of successful guy-grillers, which should provide further encouragement to the grilling-diffident. With good notes on shopping and grilling pitfalls–how to avoid fish sticking to the grill is one–this is an excellent, to-the-point guide. –Arthur Boehm