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Book Review: Good Housekeeping’s Grilling

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Whenever I think of summer time, I think of grilling outside. Since grilling is generally my husband’s domain, it’s a welcome break from cooking on the hottest summer days. Grilling by Good Housekeeping, will show you that grilling isn’t only for summer barbecues. You can cook outdoors on a gas or charcoal grill or you can just as easily cook indoors in a grill pan.

I was truly amazed at the variety of grilling recipes found in this cookbook. Chapters include Appetizers; Pizza, Panini and Other Sandwiches; Salads; Burgers; Poultry; Beef, Veal and Lamb; Pork; Fish and Shellfish; Vegetables and Side Dishes; Rubs, Sauces, Glazes, Salsas and More; and Desserts on Fire. I really had no idea so many things could be prepared on a grill. Grilling also includes a helpful introductory chapter on the different types of grills and what their features are. It also explains the other types of equipment that may be necessary when grilling like a grill topper, grill baskets and various utensils. There’s even a handy chapter on how to start the fire for those that are new to grilling. Also important to review is the chapter on safety rules for the backyard chef.

The recipes are well written with a detailed ingredients list and easy to follow, step by step instructions. Recipes include times for preparation as well as grilling time and the number of servings it makes. Handy tips for variations are included with some recipes as well. For those that are watching their weight or dietary intake, each recipe includes information on calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Many of the recipes also include gorgeous color photographs.

The recipes included in the cookbook should be appealing for both the novice and more advanced grilling chef. There’s literally something for everyone to try. The tastes include Mexican, Italian, American, Thai and quite a few others. There are traditional favorites like burgers as well as a few new additions like Hoisin Glazed Chicken with Plums and Green Onions. I cannot wait to try the Hot Buttered Chili Lime Corn recipe! That sounds amazing! I highly recommend this cookbook for the well written recipes and the unique tastes included.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.
  • You’re very welcome!

  • My husband just got a fancy new gas grill for his birthday. I can’t wait to use it myself. Thanks for the recommendation!