Friday, August 3, 2012

Summer Sizzling

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about . . . cooking outdoors!

(If you’re disappointed that this isn’t about hot romance, check the catalog using keywords like Contemporary Romance or Love Stories.)

Now, let’s grill! We must start with The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen. This book has over 500 barbecue recipes from around the world; it’s great both for new ideas and just to refresh and revise favorite recipes. The recipes also feature easy-to-find ingredients, a big plus.

Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for All Seasons takes grilling to the next level. For instance, instead of corn on the cob, he offers grilled corn with cheese and chili. Don’t let that scare you off, though, as the recipes look pretty quick and delicious!

How about a cookbook for when you’re on the road? The Open Road Cookbook  offers easy recipes for RVers, campers, anyone who wants healthy home cooking while traveling.

The Kids Campfire Book has favorite recipes for kids to try, plus lots more: games, nature information (how to make a fire, and about fire flies), and songs.

Turn to some of our magazines to learn how to do solar cooking, or use the sun to dry food. Others will offer tempting photos and recipes for more traditional cookouts and picnics.

One of my favorite quotes about outdoor cooking comes from William Geist, an American author and television journalist. He said, “I'm a man. Men cook outside. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn't understood, you'd never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing weenies on the front, and messages like 'Come 'n' Get It!" I hope you like it as much as I did.

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