Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I've been having a blast with the new Weber grilling cookbook - Time to Grill: Get In. Get Out. Get Grilling by Jamie Purvance. This grilling book has more of a gourmet slant, but it's easy gourmet and fine for all level of grillers. I find that many of the fancier grilling books are too complicated or time consuming for the average home griller. Time to Grill is an exception. The recipes are creative and taste great but are quick and easy with excellent directions.
Time to Grill is more than a book of grill recipes. It's packed full of helpful information like the prep guides. If you know how to prep shrimp, then it's simple. If you don't, then you may not have a clue where to start. In this book, you get step by step instructions along with excellent photos. This makes the basic tasks understandable and simple. It's a shame to skip over great and easy grilled foods just because you don't know how to get it ready to go on the grill.
Time to Grill has sections for everything from meat and vegetables to eggs and desserts. There are a lot of chicken recipes which I like, because chicken is less expensive usually and healthy. With a simple marinade made in your kitchen, you have some rocking Easy Rosemary Roasted Chicken.
Then there are unique recipes like the zucchini stuffed with sausage. We always have a bumper crop of zucchini her in North Carolina, and I'm always looking for new ways to cook or grill zucchini.
Speaking of unique, then perhaps you'd enjoy making French toast on the grill. Yes. This book shows you how to do that, and it's simple. When we vacation, we like to rent houses through Vacation Rentals by Owners. I always double check that the homes have grills, and then we do almost all our meals outside for the whole week. I'll have to try out one of the French Toast recipes next month when we go to Emerald Isle.
The appetizer section is one of my favorites in Time to Grill. I like to put something on that's quick while I'm working on a grilled meal. We've been doing grilled nachos for years. They aren't as jazzed up as the recipe you see above, but they are easy to put together and done in literally minutes or less.
I've never bought a Weber grilling book that I've not loved. In fact, I often buy Weber grill cookbooks for gifts. I usually start off with a basic one like grilling on charcoal for someone with a charcoal grill. Time to Grill will make a good follow up gift for those who want to go beyond the classic hot dogs, burgers, and steaks.
You can learn more about Time to Grill and the chef - Jamie Purviance at the Time to Grill web site. You get a lot of extra information including some of the recipes to try out.
I did get a copy of the grilling book to review, but I always give honest reviews. I wasn't so sure that a Weber book with the gourmet slant would be solid for all readers, but I give it the thumbs up for all levels of grillers. The food is fancy (as we'd say here), but it's easy to find the ingredients and make the recipes. These don't take all day, and you don't have to babysit the grill every second to turn out fine grill dining. You can impress your family and friends without breaking a sweat (other than from the heat of the grill).