Many of us foodies tend to base our first impressions of cookbooks on the beauty of the cover photo and the overall style of the book. The more complex and “hip” the art direction, the more modern and interesting the recipes will be. But of course we all know we shouldn’t estimate a book by its cover – not already cookbooks. The proof will always be in the recipes. When I first received Grill! Quick and Delicious Recipes for Indoor and Outdoor Grilling by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson I was rather disappointed by the uninspiring cover design and consequently didn’t expect much of the recipes. But don’t make the same mistake I did!
Behind the uninspiring cover hides a cookbook that is packed with exotic flavor, gorgeous photos, and inventive recipes. Covering the complete spectrum of grilled cuisine from appetizers to desserts, and touring the world of international flavors, this cookbook is a treasure for BBQ enthusiasts looking for inspiring new ideas.
Authors Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson are specialized food writers who have lived and worked in many different areas of the globe. They bring together years of experience attained in several countries.
Particularly delicious were the Caramelized Lamb Chops with the interesting combination of cilantro, brown sugar and mirin, and the Sirloin with Chimichurri Marinade redolent of garlic and fresh herbs with a hint of chipotle heat.
Other recipes on my must-try list are: Mango Cheeks with Chilli Syrup, Tea-Smoked Chicken Salad, Pork Ribs with Mustard Bourbon Sauce, Soy-Ginger Chicken in Banana Leaf, Butterflied Thai Coconut Chicken Breasts, Chef Jon’s Dry Cured Salt-Sugar Salmon, Pizza with Tomatoes and Chevre Pesto and Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers.
Most of the recipes characterize suggestions for accompaniments and almost all of them are illustrated with color photos. An introductory lesson in grilling indoors or out and a back index complete this excellent cookbook.
Grill! Quick and Delicious Recipes for Indoor and Outdoor Grilling
by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson
Published by Good Books; May 2006;$15.95US; 1-56148-518-7