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Check It Out: Celebrate summer with barbecue

Check It Out

June 12, 2010|By Tamara Henn

What's the best way to celebrate June graduations, the kids getting out of school and Father's Day?

With a good old-fashioned barbecue, of course!

Whether you want to try something new or stick with tried-and-true favorites, you'll find a tempting array of outdoor cookbooks at the Newport Beach Library. Dig into these selections for mouthwatering recipes to make your summer sizzle:

"500 Barbecue Dishes: The Only Barbecue Compendium You'll Ever Need" by Paul Kirk: Packed with more than 500 recipes, this volume also covers essential barbecue techniques. Learn how to select and maintain a barbecue grill, which fuel sources to use, which cuts are best for the grill, and approximate cooking times for different meats and vegetables.

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"Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint" by Chris Lilly: Chris Lilly, executive chef of Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q, gives the lowdown on low-and-slow cooking. This regional cookbook includes award-winning secret family recipes for traditional barbecue glazes, sauces, dry rubs, slathers, seasonings and more.

"Emeril at the Grill: A Cookbook for all Seasons" by Emeril Lagasse: National television personality and chef, Emeril Lagasse, serves up 158 party recipes that are sure to please the most discriminating of palates. Impress your guests with grilled smashed potatoes, New York strip with Stilton-walnut butter, cilantro-tequila chicken and other can't-miss crowd-pleasers.

"The Barbecue Queens' Big Book of Barbecue" by Karen Alder and Judith Fertig: Who says only men can barbecue? Ladies who want to step up to the grill will find everything they need to plan and create a complete outdoor meal from start to finish. This comprehensive guide has more than 350 grilled and smoked recipes with suggested side dishes for each main course.

"Wood-Fired Cooking: Techniques and Recipes for the Grill, Backyard Oven, Fireplace, and Campfire" by Mary Karlin: Chef instructor Mary Karlin presents more than 100 globally inspired recipes that use a variety of hardwood and live-fire cooking methods. Both novice grillers and seasoned pros will appreciate the author's extensive review of wood-fire equipment and cooking techniques.

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