While summer is usually the most popular time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, this year it’s even more important after coming off months of quarantine. Why not take advantage of some of the great cookbook ideas available through Hoopla and Libby, free with your Livingston Library card? Below are options for a variety of diets, whether it be paleo, vegetarianism or pescatarian. Enjoy books on flavorful marinades, delicious desserts and smoked meats. Get out there and start grilling!
Grilling With Veggies by Steven Raichlen
Just say no to boiling or steaming! Whether it’s a mushroom, a potato, a zucchini, or an eggplant, that veggie belongs on the grill–and in Grilling with Veggies, Steven Raichlen teaches you how to grill it perfectly every time. Includes grilling times and techniques for common (and not-so-common) vegetables as well as twenty-five recipes for unique grilled-vegetable sides hailing from all over the world. Catalan Grilled Artichokes from Spain join Sesame-Grilled Oyster Mushrooms from Korea for a mixed grill that’s full of showstoppers. Note: Grilling with Veggies is an excerpt from Steven Raichlen’s award-winning The Barbecue! Bible®.
The Grilling Book by Adam Rapoport
The Definitive Guide from Bon Appetit. No one anticipates summertime cooking more eagerly than the grilling enthusiasts at Bon Appétit. The glowing embers, the sizzle of a well-marbled rib eye as it hits a hot grill, the bracing slaws and perfectly charred kernels of sweet corn-Bon Appétit has always brought the delicious alchemy of grilling to life in the pages of the magazine. Now home cooks will discover their ideal grilling companion and coach in The Grilling Book. Offering more than 350 foolproof recipes, dozens of luscious full-color photographs, crystal clear illustrations, and plenty of plainspoken, here’s-how-to-do-it guidelines.
Fish Grilled & Smoked by John Manikowski
Learn the best recipe for walleye, the subtlest way to smoke tuna, and a foolproof method for grilling bluefish. Master chef and fisherman John Manikowski presents 150 flavorful recipes for grilling and smoking freshwater and saltwater fish. In addition to tickling your taste buds, Manikowski provides step-by-step instructions for building a smoker of your own – on the grill, a backyard fire pit, or even in the wild. Wrap that smallmouth bass in cornhusks, soak that yellow perch in grapefruit marinade, and bring your appetite.
Williams-Sonoma Grill Master by Fred Thompson
Head outside, fire up the grill, and earn the title of Grill Master among your friends and family with this ultimate grilling companion. Over 100 back-to-basics recipes that will have you not only turning out everyone’s favorite grilled recipes, like thick porterhouse steaks rubbed with Italian herbs, smoky bacon-wrapped prawns, and garlicky lamb chops, but also tackling the holy trinity of barbecue: slow-smoked brisket, tender baby back ribs, and succulent pulled pork.
Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico, James William Phelan
Embracing the Paleo movement is about getting back to basics-eating food in its most simple, unprocessed form, just like our ancestors.
And what is more basic than cooking meat over a fire? This book features more than 100 grilling recipes using a variety of methods for cooking natural, locally farmed meat over fire: primitive campfire, wood and charcoal, gas grilling, and smoking. Paleo Grilling will help you to choose the best meats for any meal, and offers international recipes, including side dishes and desserts suitable for the modern caveman.
Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Food with Flavor Using Wood Planks by Dina Guillen and Rina Jordan
Use alder, hickory, maple and cedar grilling planks for grilling fish or get creative and make the perfect wood-fired pizza with this versatile cookbook. Grilling with cedar and other flavorful wood planks imparts a wonderful smoky infusion to all kinds of dishes with crowd-pleasing results. Learn how to use wood planks to make smoky homemade bacon, caramelized Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and flavorful Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Pomegranate Sauce. Filled with color photography throughout, this cookbook explains the basics of plank grilling, such as how to prepare wood planks, as well as how to get the most out of cedar, alder, hickory, and maple planks in 75 versatile recipes.
The only cookbook you’ll need during the year’s warmest months
A hot day and hanging over your stove were never meant to be. When fresh produce beckons but you haven’t much energy to respond, these recipes help you settle into a more relaxed kind of cooking designed to keep you and your kitchen cool. Untether yourself from the oven with make-ahead meals best served cold (or at room temp), like Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Tomato salad and Tzatziki. Fix-and-forget recipes like North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork made in the electric pressure cooker won’t steam up the kitchen. Equally easy are dinner salads; we’ve got enough to keep them interesting and varied, from Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Garlic Toasts to Grilled Caesar Salad. Barely more effort are fresh summer recipes requiring the briefest stint in a pan, such as Beet and Carrot Noodle Salad with Chicken or Braised Striped Bass with Zucchini and Tomatoes.
The Best Little Marinades Cookbook by Karen Adler
The Best Little Marinades Cookbook offers a variety of homemade marinades, pastes, and rubs that add signature flavors before the meat is cooked. Provencal White Wine Marinade, Memphis Rib Rub, and Rosemary-Dijon Paste are just a few that add distinction and depth.
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