The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And summer means cooking outdoors. Whether you’re a novice griller or a whiz on the Weber, we have a cookbook for you.
Backyard Grilling by Jim and Ann Casada, Kate Fiduccia, and Teresa Marrone is a great book for first time grillers. With step-by-step instructions, helpful photos, and illustrations, Backyard Grilling takes all the anxiety out of outdoor cooking. This book covers cooking using hibachi, charcoal, and gas grills, in addition to smokers and deep fryers. Chapter six has simple but delicious rubs, marinades, and sauces guaranteed to spice up your meal.
If you like to cook with fresh seasonal ingredients, Bobby Flay’s Grill It is the book for you. Flay not only includes sections on meat and poultry but also has extensive sections on grilled vegetables and fruits. The grilled pineapple with pound cake recipe on page 107 sounds amazing.
Finally, if you’re a gadgets guy or girl, Weber’s Way to Grill by Jamie Purviance is a must read. This book lists the twenty tools every grilling guru needs. But this isn’t a book for experts only. Weber’s Way to Grill has easy-to-follow instructions from ingredient preparation through the final presentation of food. Each chapter includes tips to give even a beginner the confidence of a grill master. For instance, did you know that steaks should sit at room temperature for twenty to thirty minutes before grilling? The steaks will cook faster all the way to the center and stay juicy.