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The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue Hardcover – May 30, 2005
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The first thing which impressed me about this book is that early in editor in chief Christopher Kimball's introduction, the point is made in no uncertain terms that good grilling and barbecue is hard to do. Doing it right requires both book learning and experience. The second thing that impressed me about the book was that I found lots of very good general information on techniques. I was expecting not much more than an anthology of grilling and barbecue recipe articles from the magazine as I see in many other `Cook's Illustrated' books. I was not surprised with the quality of this information, as `Cook's Illustrated' always provides reliable, albeit somewhat uninspired advice.
One thing I find true of the `Cook's Illustrated' books is that they are fun to read. Every other page seems to have a sidebar of interesting opinions about everything from Santoku knives to catsup (Heinz is the best). I suggest you take opinions on ingredients such as vinegars or olive oils with a grain of salt, as there is a good chance that a minority of available brands were tested and their testers tend to play it safe. When they say they were surprised by their results, it's time to sit up and take notice!Read more ›
The "Illustrated Guide" contains over 450 recipes, but those recipes are only one part of the great information this book presents. The book opens with the basics of "grilling" versus "barbequing" and discusses the differences between charcoal cooking and gas cooking. There is a lot of information and recommendations on products (cooking equipment and tools) needed for successful outdoor cooking. In the cooking chapters (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, vegetables, etc.), the "Illustrated Guide" gives much more than just recipes. The book describes how to choose the food (e.g. which cut of beef, what size chicken, etc.) and how to prepare it before cooking, including seasoning. Then, the book describes a step-by-step procedure for cooking the item; the book gives separate instructions for charcoal cooking and gas cooking.
The book's "claim to fame" is that the authors/cooks perfected each instruction/recipe through extensive trial and error, and that the reader can benefit from the writers' experience and their detailed instructions.
On my gas grill, I recently grill-roasted the book's "Beer Can Chicken" (for which I used lemonade- the recommended alternate to beer) and my family all agreed it was the best chicken we had ever eaten. I also recently followed the book's instuctions to select, buy, season and grill strip steaks.Read more ›
That said, it's got a few flaws. First off, there's vanishingly little effort spared on grilled desserts; maybe that's a little much to expect from Cook's (which in general doesn't tend to try to be particularly tricky or avant-garde) but there's only a few scattered grilled fruit recipes. Second, and this is more a factor of it being a second edition of a relatively old book, there's quite a few recipes that CI has since superseded, the most glaring being their somewhat unusual approach to grilled pizza (essentially an herbed flatbread with pizza toppings; it has since been replaced with a more traditional Providence-style crust from the America's Test Kitchen TV show). Neither of those are really a reason to not recommend it, since there's always people who want the older recipes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well...I would love it if my neighbor hadn't borrowed it and won't return it!Published 10 days ago by Avid Reader
New to charcoal grilling this book was a must. It's by my husband's side everyone he grills.Published 20 days ago by James and Kelly Petty
The book is in excellent condiition, I don't think my husband even noticed that it is used. (It was a birthday gift.) The price and shipping speed was great. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Jeni L. Gomez
As with any of the Cook's Illustrated publications, this too is a winner. I'm having a wonderful time deciding which recipe to try next! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Pamela T. Palmer
I bought this as a gift after owning one myself. This book has foolproof recipes that have already worked out the kinks. I love Cook's Illustrated.Published 7 months ago by Terri
I've given this as a gift several times over, because it totally changed our grilling game when we got it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by RaeLehman