Gearing up for BBQ season? Here are four books that will encourage you to get ambitious about your outdoor cooking, from the fast and flame fuelled techniques of 'Around the fire' and 'Grill Smoke' to the more sedate and slow cook of 'Hang Fire' and 'Long and Slow.'
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1. Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton (Author), Gabrielle QuiÑÓNez Denton (Author), Stacy Adimando (Author)
Make your BBQ the stuff of legends with grill masters and restaurateurs Greg and Gabi from the Portland, Oregon restaurant Ox.
Using Latin American live fire cooking techniques the chefs will change the way you look at and cook with fire. As well as using some unexpected cuts of meat like Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops with Rosemary Marinade the duo also touch on some of Ox's vegetable dishes and exciting desserts.
Chef/director Ben Tish from Ember Yard will fuel you with enthusiasm for cooking over an open fire as well as inspiring you to try a number of different recipes, from Chargrilled Duck Breast with Peas, Broad Beans and Hot Mint Sauce to amazing Smoky Bitter-Chocolate Puddings. The advice being - you don't have to wait for summer to get started.
3. The Hang Fire Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures in American BBQ
Forget BBQs and brawn, Sam and Shauna are female BBQ experts that prove it's all about technique and less about the muscle. After ditching their jobs and spending 6 months travelling round the Southern United States they reveal the secrets behind a perfect smoke and BBQ in a number of mouth watering recipes. And their philosophy - 'get the best ingredients and cook them long 'n slow'.
This is a book that does exactly as it says on the cover. Forget about roaring fires and flame grilled meat and think about slow cooking at low temperatures. Rankin aims to get home cooks to make the most out of any piece of meat and with minimum equipment in a number of failsafe recipes for everyday and entertaining. If you're tired of drying out dried out chicken meat this is the book for you.
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