The simplicity of grilling suggests predictable flavors, but this creative collection from Better Homes and Gardens shakes up the burger/steak/salmon fixation with a seasonal and health-minded approach. The book is instructional with helpful photo-illustrated how-tos on the basics of grilling and the best ways to cut and cook vegetables from asparagus to tomatillos. A few smart swaps brighten and enliven grill staples: Southern spiced flat iron steaks, for instance, are paired with healthier grilled green tomatoes, while the po'boy is freshened up with peaches and shrimp. Amid the more familiar are sophisticated (yet approachable) surprises: herbed pecan rub, grilled radish crostini, smoked lentil hash with squash, and a cast-iron plum-polenta cake. The familiar burger is garnished in one recipe with grilled romaine and onions and in another with pickled beets and fried egg. Recipes are notated as low calorie or "weekday friendly" (i.e., requiring only 30 minutes or less to prepare). In all, the book serves as a nice update for today's globally eating households. Photos. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/05/2014 Release date: 04/01/2014 Genre: Nonfiction
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