Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

50 Great Cookbooks at Thomas Ford – Week 20

With Memorial Day and summer cookouts soon at hand, it is time to review a book for grilling. Check the outdoor cooking display we currently on the old librarian’s close to the reference desk.

Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life: 75 Healthier Ideas for Big Flavor from the Fire by Bobby Flay (641.5784 FLA)

What kind of cookbook is Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life?
Most of us associate the outdoor grill with highly caloric, fatty meats served at summer parties where everyone eats more than they should. It does not have to be that way, according to the Food Network’s Bobby Flay. In his Bobby Flay’s Grilling for Life: 75 Healthier Ideas for Big Flavor from the Fire, he presents 75 sensible recipes for foods with great grill flavor but without the high calorie count.

Is this cookbook easy to use?
Yes, Flay starts by listing the grilling equipment needed and how to make basic seasonings. He then explains how to use fresh vegetable and follows with healthy cut entrees. There are even some burgers. Each recipe is clearly explained, and the ingredients are in bold type, making it easy to read at any angle.

Can you easily buy the ingredients for the recipes?
Yes, they should be at standard supermarkets. The produce should be available at farmers’ markets in summer.

What is special about this cookbook?
Flay provides cooks needing to know nutritional information with a table that includes calories, protein, etc. for each recipe. He uses many seasonings to spice up dishes that could otherwise be bland. His book also features many grilled fish and shellfish recipes.

What would I like to serve at a summer barbeque:
Grilled asparagus and egg salad with tarragon-caper vinaigrette (page 30)
Grilled German sweet potato salad (page 42)
Grilled shrimp in lettuce leaves with serrano-mint sauce (page 74)
Grilled turkey burgers with Monterrey jack, poblano pickle relish, and avocado mayonnaise (page 132)

Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on May 20, 2012 by in 50 Great Cookbooks, Book Review, Cooking, Non-Fiction.
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