Americans have become so accustomed to firing up their backyard grills for all sorts of meats, from large joints to everyday burgers, that they forget that vegetables flourishing in the nearby garden profit equally from the punch of flavor that barbecuing bestows. Grilling potato slices before tossing them with strongly herbed French vinaigrette adds a level of flavor often lacking in mayonnaise-dressed potato salads. Grilling green tomato slices before sandwiching them with cream cheese delivers a somewhat less heavy alternative to frying. For all their imaginative ways of grilling greens, Adler and Fertig by no means ignore fish and meat. Fish tacos brim with leafy greens and blackened fish pieces, and there’s even a comforting burger. The authors advocate grilled breads, and they present examples from Afghan, Indian, and Italian traditions. Searing fruits such as peaches, apples, and figs underlies a number of sweet desserts. --Mark Knoblauch
“…full of creative ideas for grilling with garden-fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. VERDICT A refreshing departure from meat-centric BBQ bibles”
"A resourceful guide packed with tips on container gardening, best plants for grilling, cooking methods and simple yet inventive recipes to maximize the flavors of the seasons…If harvesting your own vegetables is a goal this season, you’ll find foodie adventures within the 224 visually tempting pages."
"… full of creative ideas for grilling with garden fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. Standout recipes include unique condiments, substantial vegetarian options and fruit desserts."
Shelf Awareness for Readers
"Karen Adler and Judith Fertig will inspire you to plant a garden--even it it's just a few pots--and hose down the barbecue with their guarantee of four seasons filled with good, healthy eating. Their user-friendly cookbook isn't just lovely to look at: it limits each recipe to a page, doable for even the novice griller, while detailing more esoteric aspects of cooking over fire such as planking, smoking or grill-roasting. Browse The Gardener and the Grill along with your seed catalogues, but NOT when you're hungry! Gardeners and outdoor cooks alike will enjoy these recipes for grilling fresh-harvested ingredients.
"Healthy-grilling theme with ideas so clever and obvious they make you think, “Do'h! Why didn’t I think of that?” Here, the garden meets the pasture to delightful results."
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"Karen Adler and Judith Fertig not only share everything you need to know to grill veggies but also how to use grilled veggies to ratchet up the flavor in grilled meats, fish, seafood, and poultry. With their guidance and recipes for everything from soup to dessert, the meals you serve in your backyard will never be quite the same."
"Spice up your stash of recipes with this collection of tasty new twists starring fresh farmers' market fruits and veggies."
“Most of us think of meat when we consider a meal made on the grill but this delightful new cookbook will help us expand our culinary possibilities to include grilled fruits and vegetables…. This is a fun cookbook. As more and more of us discover the flexibility of our patio grills, cookbooks like this one will become our kitchen BFFs. Fire up the grill, grab some tongs and enjoy!”
Farm-to-table flavour is one thing, but garden-to-grill is a whole other level of deliciousness. In The Gardener and the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill, cookbook gurus Karen Adler and Judith Fertig show just how true that is. The cooks – based in Kansas City, Kan. – wed their passion for barbecue and their love of growing fresh fruits and vegetables and the result is a smoking hot collection of recipes. From Blackened Fish Po’ Boy with Grilled Green Onion Mayonnaise to French-Style Grilled Potato Salad and Skewered Strawberry and Marshmallow S’Mores, these fresh, southern-inspired selections are both mouth-watering and surprisingly simple to prepare.
"The grilling guide also offers instructions for rubs and sauces, as well as tips for assembling the perfect pantry and utilizing grilling techniques for preserving food. Best yet, the book has something for everyone, serving up more than 100 vegetarian recipes, which makes it as easy to please your plant-eating pals as it is to satiate the carnivores in your life."
“Beginning and experienced grillers, as well as gardeners are sure to succeed with this must-have resource.”