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Product Details

  • Series: 25 Essentials
  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; Spi edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558323929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558323926
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,893,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this slim, attractive volume, outdoor cooking enthusiast Davis (America's Best BBQ) presents a varied take on the art of cooking over direct heat. Each of 25 techniques is paired with a recipe that best illustrates its merits, an approach that should raise eyebrows even among veteran grillers. While the bulk of Davis' techniques and recipes are simple (chicken grilled under a brick, burgers, roasted peppers), Davis is hardly timid; grillmasters will need a degree of trust and fortitude for Davis's Dirty Steak, in which inch-thick steaks are placed directly on the coals, and few will want to babysit Rendezvous-Style Baby Back Ribs for 45 minutes, turning them every five. As a tour of techniques, the book's variety will likely impress vets, and novices should gain some confidence with a variety of skills. Ultimately, though, Davis's guide to backyard cooking makes a better side than a main course.
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About the Author

A charter member of the KCBS and former three-term member of the board of directors, Ardie A. Davis, PhB, founded the American Royal International BBQ Sauce, Rub, and Baste Contest and the Great American Barbecue Sauce, Baste, and Rub Contest. He is the author of five barbeque cookbooks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CookbookCollectorAmateurChef on May 22, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I picked up this book because we recently bought a grill and I have been a bit intimidated by the lengthier grilling cookbooks that make grilling look complicated. This one is geared towards inexperienced cooks, who want to know the basics in very simple terms. I especially like the recipe headnotes that suggest other ingredients that can be substituted for the featured ingredient in the recipe (ex. Flash-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Orange-Maple Syrup Sauce...this technique can be used with any thin, boneless piece of veal, pork, beef, or lamb). If you consider the suggested recipe variations in the headnotes, this book becomes much more than a book of 25 recipes. The Table of Contents even lists the grilling technique next to each recipe listed: "grilling burgers", "grilling boneless chicken", "grilling fish fillets". Easy! The marinades, sauces, and chutneys within the recipes can be used for other purposes and the book suggests other serving ideas. Great book for the beginner to feel confident firing up the grill for the first time and then becoming more adventurous. I'm tempted to dive right into grilling directly on coals but will probably start with something more tame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
25 Essentials is a lovely little book, with lovely balance of text and white space on each page. It is nicely bound in a lay-flat spiral design; it has slick paper, stylish illustrations, but it is a little lacking on amount of actual information included in the book. If you want an overview of techniques, without a lot of expertise required, then this is the book for you. If you want a good basic book on grilling with lots of info, then I would look elsewhere.
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