Summertime and the cookin’ is easy

There’s nothing like the mouth-watering aroma of food cooking outdoors. No doubt, barbecuing is one of the best parts of summer. Whether you’re using gas, charcoal or wood, there are recipes and techniques galore to ensure that whatever you’re cooking will taste great.

Ever since humans discovered fire, the debate over the best way to cook has raged. If you’re looking for a good overall approach to grilling, Weber’s Way to Grill: the Step by Step Guide to Expert Grilling by Jamie Purviance is an excellent choice. It covers both gas and charcoal grilling, and has great photographs and advice for both the beginner and more seasoned chef. This book has a wide range of cooking tips and recipes, from smoking a turkey to making the perfect burger.

Barbecuing doesn’t always have to mean meat, and a copy of The New Vegetarian Grill by Andrea Chesman means that the vegetarians at the table won’t be eating only the side dishes. Delicious recipes like Vegetarian Fajitas with Chipotle Sour Cream or Tandoori-Style Vegetable Kabobs will win over even the most dedicated carnivore.

With recipes such as Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder and Australian Lamb on a Shovel you can add some spice to your life and take your taste buds on a trip around the world with Steven Raichlen’s Planet Barbeque!  Using Steven as your guide, experience barbecue from more than 60 countries without leaving your own back yard.

When you want to venture further into the great outdoors, try  Camp Cooking: The Black Feather guide to eating well in the wild by Mark Scriver, Wendy Grater and Joanna Baker. This handy guide not only tells you how to cook, it lists the equipment you will need, and suggests what to bring depending on what type of trip you’re taking, whether it’s canoeing or hiking.

Chef in Your Backpack: Gourmet Cooking in the Great Outdoors by Nicole Bassett is another great choice for outdoor enthusiasts, with many useful tips and tricks to make creative cooking over the campfire easy and fun.

For festive al fresco eating, try Katie Brown’s Outdoor Entertaining: Taking the Party Outside. This book does have some recipes for barbecuing, but the main focus is on planning the perfect outdoor party, with many suggestions for themes and decorations.

No matter what you like to eat, there’s a way to grill it. These books will give you a taste of what barbecue has to offer, so dust off those patio lanterns, head on outside, and get grilling!


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