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John G. Gleeson Sr.
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As all true grilling afficiandos know, this is the fifth book that Jamie Purviance and the Weber folks have produced that is chock full of recipies and grilling tips to maximize the quality of what we cook on the grill. The first four, "Weber's Art of the Grill", , "Weber's Big Book of Grilling", "Real Grilling" and "Charcoal Grilling are all in print, are reasonably priced and are avalable here at Amazon.com. IMHO, all belong on the cookbook shelf because of the quality of the recipies, as well as the simplicity of preparing them.
So, why buy this book? There are several reasons:
Nomatter what else is in a cookbook, if the recipies aren't capable of producing goodies that excite the palate, are overly complex or overly time consuming, the book is of questionable value. "Way to Grill" is full of flavorful, simple recipies which address nearly every conceivable type of food, including veggies and desserts. There are also recipies for rubs and sauces which experienced grillers know lie at the heart of flavorful foods.
DETAILED "HOW TO DO ITS"
Want to know how to butterfly a flank steak or a boneless leg of lamb? Want to know how to do various meat rollups just bursting with flavorful fillings? Under the heading of "Way to ...", there are over 300 examples of techniques such as "Way to Rotisserie a Chicken", "Way to Bone a Prime Rib Roast", "Way to Pickle Onions", "Way to Dry Brine a Turkey", etc. The detailed photos and texts accompanying these "Way to ..." entries are hugely informative, and, IMHO, are worth the purchase of the book for themselves alone. But, as noted, there are all those fantastic recipies.
Grilling is different from indoor cooking, because the griller is working with live fire. Jamie has covered every detail of managing the fire from start to finish, with necessary focus on the safety aspects of fire, fuels, etc.
It is obvious that a lot of thought and effort went into the organization and layout of this book. Recipies and other information are easy to find and clearly expressed.
It should be noted that all of the previous Purviance/Weber books have played to rave reviews. if you check the reviews here on Amazon.com, you will see that all have gotten consistant five star ratings, and for good reason. Anyone, from a novice to the most experienced grillers, can produce consistantly excellent meals from the recipies contained in this book, and the others in the series as well.
In his preface, Jamie notes how his grilling techniques have evolved over time. I suspect that is true for many of us who "fire up" year round. But some prospective buyers of this book may be considering a first foray into grilling or barbecueing. For those folks, my advice is to take the plunge; start with something simple, like a burger. One bite and self confidence soars.
For more experienced folks, get the book for the "Way to ..." stuff, as well as the recipies.
Because I grill year round, even in our harsh Northern Michigan winters (I did ribs for my visiting sons a couple of weeks ago when the temp was in low single digits and snow was heavy), our home tends to be a popular gathering place. Folks just plain like good food with that just off the grill flavor. I know this from experience, and I am just as confident that folks who buy and use "Way to Grill" will experience the deep personal satisfaction of placing flavorful food in front of friends and family.
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After years of turning out some of the best meals imaginable and creating meal after delectable meal, I figured that my wife had more or less paid her dues. I have always cooked; love to cook, but to be fare and honest, the burden of planning, preparation and serving had always fallen on her shoulders. After so long, did you realize that simply planning meals, day after day after day can become quite a burdensome chore? Anyway, a few of years ago I began taking over more and more of the cooking chores. We have reached a point now that I am the primary cook and more importantly, the primary planner of our meals. At least 60 percent of all the cooking that I do is done on one grill or another.
This review is on Weber's Way to Grill but in reality it is also on two other grill cookbooks, Weber's Big Book of Grilling and Weber's Art of the Grill: Recipes for Outdoor Living.
Now I have quite a number of cookbooks and a goodly number of them deal with grilling. I want to state right now that I have seldom met a cookbook that I did not like or learn something from. As an example, I love all of Bobby Flay's books covering this subject. I have learned much from them and have added many recipes to my arsenal. Flay though often times includes ingredients such as spices, herbs, cuts of meat, etc., which are not only difficult to find in our area, but are rather expensive. I am one of those people that is more than willing to fork out money for spices and such that are necessary and enhance dishes, but some of his stuff is simply not what I use with my everyday cooking.
Anyway, as far as the work being reviewed here, this is by far one of the best I have used, and one of the volumes I put into constant use. Now I will tell you that I do use it in conjunction with Weber's Big Book of Grilling. Between the two I have yet to come across a situation that I could not handle. I would be hard put to tell you which one of these books to purchase first.
This book, the actually one being reviewed here, gives you a concise step-by-step guide to your grilling needs. (Just as the subtitle tells you). It contains over 1,000 step by step photographs and well over 160 different recipes, many to most of which I have tried and have yet to have a failure. One of the sections I found most valuable is the one on sauces and rubs. My wife and I are big on sauces and this work was loaded with good and tasty ideas.
The book is broken down into various sections which include:
Grilling Basics (Many of these comments are indeed basic, but I find a review from time to time is helpful).
Red Meat (Plenty on preparation, rubs and sauces)
Poultry (one of our favorite sections)
Seafood (The techniques here are worth the price of the book alone)
Vegetables (A section is constant use in our household)
Resources (cooking guides for just about everything are found here)
The question always comes up as to which of the two books to purchase first; Webers's Way to Grill or Weber's Big Book of grilling. I will reluctantly stick my neck out here and recommend the one being reviewed here. I think perhaps it is just a bit more instructive that the Big Book. Really though, I would hate to be without either of them. The third book mentioned at the beginning of this review, Weber's Art of the Grill, is a great book, but mainly filled with recipes and not technique. I would hate to be without it too, but if I had to give up one, it would be this one.
Another consideration that should be made is that the book being reviewed here, Way to Grill, leans more toward the charcoal grill and less toward the gas. Techniques can be easily adapted for both but the Big Book tends to address both methods more than this one. As I use both charcoal and gas I have the best of both worlds here.
Anyway, if you are a beginning griller, an expert at the art, or as many of us, somewhere between these two extremes, this is most certainly a book you need to have on your kitchen shelf.