People have been grilling over open flames as long as there have been flames. But let's face it, roast mastodon doesn't sound half as good as Sage Rubbed Veal Chops with Jerky Sauce. Tastes have changed, and we have gotten a little better at grilling. Specifically, Americans have gotten better--since, after all, grilling is the quintessential American culinary art. Don't believe it? Try finding an order of grilled Mescal Magic Baby Back Ribs next time you're in Paris. Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison know this. It is the premise of their book Born To Grill. Make no mistake about it, this is a cookbook with attitude, and it practically swaggers when you read it. The title screams to be tattooed on a bicep underneath a little Weber kettle. The Jamisons show they are onto a good thing and argue for a back-to-basics, high-heat, open-air, open-flame approach. Serious meat needs serious heat, and grilling is the only surefire approach.
Once the book gets your attention, a few things are revealed. Grilling makes sense. It is simple, economical, and best of all, it tastes good. Grilling is not just about huge slabs of meat. Pizza, shellfish, vegetables, and even pasta have a place on the grill. And grilling is fun. Playing with fire under an open sky wins hands down over a broiler in the kitchen.
The Jamisons are no strangers to American regional cooking. Their earlier books include Sublime Smoke, Texas Home Cooking, and two James Beard Book award winners, The Border Cookbook and Smoke and Spice. They write with conviction and the kind of authority that convinces you that you are lucky--lucky enough to be born to grill. --Mark O. Howerton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Here are three new titles to mark the arrival of prime grilling season. Bonanno, an 18-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, is also the author of the best-selling The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook (Hearst, 1995). This time he offers recipes?both his own and from firefighters around the country?for healthy grilled entrees, along with (sometimes) more indulgent side dishes and desserts. The recipes are simple and the instructions clearly written. Recommended for collections where the first book was popular. Chesman has written half a dozen or so other cookbooks, not necessarily vegetarian, including Salad Suppers (LJ 6/15/97). Although she lives in Vermont, she grills even in the dead of winter, and she offers lots of recipes for Fire-Up Flatbreads and Pizzas, Kabobs and Other Compelling Combinations, Grilled Desserts, and more. Chesman has an engaging style, and she offers lots of handy tips with her appealing recipes; recommended for most collections. [BOMC Good Cook selection.] The Jamisons are authorities on "real" barbecue, with two titles on the subject (Smoke & Spice, LJ 4/15/94, and Sublime Smoke, LJ 5/15/96). Now they've moved on to "the open flame," with 300 recipes for all sorts of grilled goodies, from Happy-Hour Skewers and Spreads to Hot Burgers and Haute Dogs (they're fond of cutesy recipe names and cornball humor) to S'mores and More. They include many regional favorites and specialties, as well as grilling history, folklore, and other interesting tidbits, and their recipes are mouthwatering. Recommended for most collections. [BOMC Good Cook selection.]
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Love this cookbook. Great recipes, not complicated. Fancy enough for guests, easy enough for mid-week dinner with the familyPublished 3 months ago by judymac
I have several of the Jamisons’ books and every one of them is written in an approachable, easy-to-read style that neither coddles the reader nor is condescending. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Matt Morgan
I bought this book for a friend's birthday. I got the hard cover edition a few yers ago and I love it. I especially love the bbq pizza.Published on August 20, 2010 by Dan Kilbury
A wonderful cookbook for the grill lover in all of us. The recipes are a step beyond the regular hamburger and ribs of most grilling cookbooksPublished on September 2, 2007 by windsorsdad
I highly recommend this book for the recipes, but I was very turned off by the "open grill only" attitude of the authors. Read morePublished on September 27, 2002 by Brian Jennings
Some catchy ideas and tasty combos, but nothing simple here. And if you don't live in Tucson or El Paso, where do you come across "Consorizo," "carambolas," or... Read morePublished on July 10, 2001