Monday, August 29, 2011

Pick up "Bobby Flay's Grill It! Just in Time for Labor Day!

I know it's hot out, and maybe you aren't in the mood to grill, but Bobby Flay's Grill It! just might change your mind. With 150 recipes, divided alphabetically into chapters based on the main ingredient, you'll get great recipes for grilling everything from asparagus to white fish. The photography is inspiring and gorgeous.

Flay says, "This is the book to turn to when you know what you want, but don't know how you want it." So, if you are at the Brunswick Farmer's Market and Maxine has some really beautiful squash, pick them up! Turn to the chapter on "Squash and Eggplant" and you'll see two delicious squash recipes (and more eggplant for another time). I've tried both of the squash dishes and they were delicious and easy to prepare. If your favorite grocery store has a great buy on Salmon, Bobby Flay's Grill It! gives you 9 different recipe suggestions.

There are chapters for everything you've ever thought about grilling, plus some foods you probably never considered putting on a grill. Have you ever grilled a banana? Wow! Delicious and different, especially with the Cinnamon Orange Sauce and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.

I've tasted about a dozen of the recipes, and my favorite was the Grilled Cremini Mushroom, Fontina and Arugula Pressed Tacos. Big wow!

And although the recipes are great, what makes this book even better is the grilling technique instruction. I always struggle with grill temperature and he covers that in each recipe. Flay offers tips on charcoal and gas grilling, plus at the beginning of each chapter, he also gives tips for shopping the best produce, meat and seafood.

This is a cookbook you could enjoy all year round, but why not pick it up now, just in time for Labor Day grilling!

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