KARLA MASS: The week's most talked about book
"BOBBY FLAY'S GRILL IT!" BY BOBBY FLAY WITH STEPHANIE BANYAS AND SALLY JACKSON
Summer is almost here, but now is the time for plenty of sun, fireworks, movies, parades, camping, cookouts and annoying picnic ants. But the best thing about May is Memorial Day and that long-awaited family reunion bearing the familiar scent of smoke from a fired-up grill. Get cooking with "Bobby Flay's Grill It!" and prepare to to impress those hungry guests.
Only one thing is more impressive than perfect weather
a perfectly grilled burger. Good food is always a big hit and simplicity rules. Celebrations are more than just a lot of fun, they also require a lot of planning. And nothing is more important than a well-prepared menu.
Flay masters the art of grilling with 150 priceless recipes. He begins with a helpful guide on the prices and construction of gas grills and charcoal grills. Charcoal variations are also included, along with tips on building a fire and how hot it should be; but Flay's advice on testing the heat by placing the palm of your hand above glowing, bright red coals seems a little risky. Okay, I confess, grilling intimidates me!
And if you're intimidated by the grill, "Just think of your grill as an outdoor oven ... and you'll be grilling like a pro in no time," Flay advises. He details the proper utensils for grilling, from brushes to towels, ideal for controlling those unavoidable messes.
So, what's in a chef's pantry? Ingredients such as herbs, spices, sweetners, potatoes, garlic, oils and more. From grilled fruit to asparagus to white fish, you can transform last year's picnic table into a simple, but pretty outdoor banquet or even a fabulous indoor spread.
Flay, a celebrity chef, grilling guru and restaurateur, is a master at food transformations. Stunning, color photographs of tasty cuisine shine in a cookbook that's a treasure for anyone who prefers the outdoor and
After the parades, games, potato sack races and visits to national monuments, set your sites on gloriously prepared food. Flay makes it easy. The biggest challenge is keeping your new cookbook clean!
ONE COOKBOOK FOR THE GRILL OF IT!Bobby Flay's Grill It!
Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, Sally Jackson
Crown Publishing Group
Listen to an excerpt from Bobby Flay's Grill It!
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"The Week's Most Talked About Book" is a weekly book review and literary criticism column that publishes every Friday. Selected titles are based on popularity, public opinion, research and observation. Questions, comments and suggestions should be sent to book lover and columnist Karla Mass at email@example.com. She is a content producer for McClatchy Interactive.