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Tasty new ideas for people who like cooking and grilling
on August 29, 2011
I bought this book after trying a recipe by Pete Evans from the June issue of Food and Wine. The recipe was "Whole Grilled Fish with Crispy Garlic and Red Chiles" and you basically marinate a whole fish (snapper in my case) and wrap in a banana leaf then grill it. I loved it because I was able to get locally, fresh caught snapper and pick the banana leaves off my banana tree in the back yard and grill it next to the pool while enjoying a cold one. My guests loved it as well and even though it was easy to prepare, the dish had an exotic flare about it.
The book is full of easy to prepare, deliciously different meals. Most of the recipes can be cooked over an open flame or bbq. I have both in my back yard, but prefer to use the charcoal / wood bbq because of the flavor it imparts to my meals.
So far, I've only cooked one dish from the book as I only just received it about 1 week ago, but already I'm loving it. The "grilled corn with chili and lime" was am amazingly delicious different way to prepare a bbq staple such as corn on the cob. I paired the corn up with Pete's suggestion of "Marinated pork chops with pineapple and ginger mojo". Another easy recipe to prepare and equally as delicious and different.
Another great feature I love about the book is that there are plenty of big, colorful pictures to accompany the recipes.
Last but not least Pete even included drink recipes to go along with the dishes and they are just as amazing. I mixed up a batch of "Fish House Punch" as a pre-dinner drink and it was a hit and sooo good.
All in all, this is a great book to add to your collection, especially if you like to cook outdoors as much as I do. The only thing I'm bummed about is that some of the recipes in the June issue of Food and Wine weren't in the book. If you get a chance, find a copy of June's Food and Wine and check out the recipes he has in there. The "Easy Grilled Paella" looks awesome!