cover image Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius

Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-by-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius

Jamie Purviance. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-328-58993-4

Purviance (Weber’s Greatest Hits), Weber’s master griller for the past 20 years, provides 100 recipes with illustrated step-by-step instructions, along with numerous tips, tricks, and charts for successful backyard meals. Handy if workmanlike, the book covers meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables, and there’s a chapter devoted to lighting the grill and gas temperatures. Recipes for appetizers include smoked chicken wings with hoisin glaze, ground lamb kefta with yogurt sauce, and bruschetta topped six different ways. Rib-eye, strip, and porterhouse steaks are at the heart of the beef chapter; burgers get their spotlight with such variations as griddle-smashed burgers with special sauce, as well as a list of five ways to ruin them (violations include using too many toppings and cooking patties straight from the freezer). Seafood options include simple grilled oysters with spiced butter, as well as grilled whole fish with hazelnut butter, which is stuffed with lemon, garlic, and herbs, then secured in a fish basket for cooking. Purviance offers a banquet for visual learners in this easy-to-use guide for the grill. (Apr.)