How many of your mouthwatering memories are peppered with your dad reigning over a hot grill topped with succulent, sizzling meats? Most men are masters of the grill, opting to flame-broil or slow-cook the family dinner on the patio versus spending time in the kitchen with a steamer, wok, or oven. If this sounds like your dad, in addition to that new grill or BBQ utensil set, get him a grilling or BBQ cookbook to put his new grill-centric gifts to use.
A cursory search on Amazon will give you over 48,000 books on BBQs and grilling. You don’t have time to scroll through thousands of books in hopes of finding the most fitting cookbook for your dad, so save yourself a couple of hours and get your dad one of these.
Mediterranean Grilling features flame-cooked fare from the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, where the grilling tradition dates back to ancient times. Author Diane Kochilas introduces a wide variety of flavorful dishes (with mouthwatering photos) for the grill master or grill novice to turn up the flame and enjoy meals unlike the typical American fare of burgers and steaks.
Recipes include Tomato Soup with Spicy Yogurt, Greek Lamb Biftekia Stuffed with Spiced Feta, and Swordfish Souvlaki with Lemon-Olive Oil Marinade. In addition, your grill-happy dad can make recipes as varied as goat cheese appetizers and charred pita breads, fresh fish, garden vegetables grilled to perfection and, for dessert, juicy peaches drizzled with honey syrup. For a change from the ordinary, your dad will love the irresistible array of these Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig present 100 innovative recipes for the backyard grill or smoker in their comprehensive cookbook BBQ Bash! From casual patio get-togethers to elegant black-tie barbecues, your dad will be the go-to grill guy for family or neighborhood summer parties. BBQ Bash! Begins with tips on charcoal and gas grilling, smoking, stir-grilling, planting, and stove-top smoking. In addition, Adler and Fertig give your dad tips to throw parties, themed party ideas, time-saving techniques, food-presentation secrets, and cocktail suggestions to round out a festive meal.
Recipes include Pecan-Smoked Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews, Creole Coffee Rubbed Filet Mignon with Silky Crab Butter, Piquillo Pepper Stuffed Chicken with Salsa Verde, Provencal Grilled Salmon with Rosemary and Mint Aioli, Grilled Pink Grapefruit and Orange Salad with Avocado, Smashed Red Potatoes with Green Onions and Cream Cheese, and Golden Raspberry Meringues with Pistachios. Many recipes include variations so your dad never has to serve the same dish twice.
Peace, Love and BBQ
Legendary pitmaster Mike Mills is the inspiration behind this combination cookbook, memoir, and barbecue contest circuit travelogue. Your dad will get to live vicariously through the king of barbecue’s stops at some of the best barbecue shrines, shacks, joints and restaurants.
Best yet, after sinking his teeth into Peace, Love and BBQ, your dad can fire up the grill and make Mills’ secret recipes as well as wow-worthy recipes from his family and friends. From barbecued meats and fish to sides, soups, and sweets, your dad can grill up an entire meal while getting an inside-view of the life of a prize-winning pitmaster.
Culinary Institute of America’s Grilling Exciting International Flavors
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) puts an exotic spin on grilling with 175 delectable grill-top recipes gleaned from around the world. Recipes include Baja-style Fish Tacos, Jamaican Jerked Pork Chops, Spicy Lamb Kebabs, Moroccon Grilled Honey-Spiced Chicken, Pakistani-style Lamb Patties, Tandoori-style Chicken with Yogurt Masala, Grilled Shrimp Paste on Sugar Cane, Beef Teriyaki, and backyard recipes from across the U.S. There are recipes for barbecued breakfast dishes as well as grilled desserts. Your dad can get his grilling fill all day long!
Culinary Institute of America’s Grilling Exciting International Flavors offers full-color photos, step-by-step instructions and preparation tips from the classrooms of the CIA. If your dad isn’t already a grill master, this book will get him a few CIA steps closer.
Bobby Flay’s Grill It!
For the dad who is inspired by single ingredients rather than three-course meals, Bobby Flay’s Grill It! (Flay’s seventh book) is conveniently organized by chapters singly covering steaks, chicken, shrimp, lamb, scallops, vegetables, and fruit. Flay’s easy to follow recipes will give your dad the know-how to transform his favorite ingredients into inventive and satisfying dishes such as Grilled Chicken Thighs with Green Olives and Sherry Vinegar-Orange Sauce, Beer-Marinated Skirt Steak with Pickled Red Onions and Grilled Tortillas, and Grilled Sea Scallops on Tortilla Chips with Avocado Puree and Jalapeno Pesto. Your dad will love the gourmet taste of these innovative Bobby Flay recipes.
Smokin’ is the first cookbook on stovetop smoking, offering the basics of this slow-cooking process, equipment and safety tips, and helpful hints on cook times, temperature, and wood-chip pairings to get the best smoked results. Each of the 95 recipes is created around a smoked ingredient, resulting in succulent dishes including Mango Salsa, Smoked Fresh Mozzarella, Smoky Caesar Salad, Fettucine with Smoked Salmon, Peas, and Leeks, Tea-Smoked Duck, Beef Kebabs, and Crispy-Velvet Tofu with Warm Spinach Salad. Smoking is for dads who savor the time it takes to slowly infuse unparalleled flavors into the foods they love.
Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas
There are few foods that can’t be cooked on a grill. Chef Craig Priebe’s Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas bridges Italian specialties with the American backyard grill. Your dad can create grilled pizzas with meat, chicken, seafood, vegetables, fruit, and a lavish variety of complementary cheeses. In addition to the pizza and crispy piadinas recipes, there are chapters on fabulous fresh salads and indulgent grilled desserts as well as perfect outdoor pizza party menus. Pizza may not be considered traditional BBQ fare, but once your dad dines on one of Priebe’s recipes, your dad will never order delivery pizza again.
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