Great Year-Round Grilling in the West: *The Flavors * the Culinary Traditions * the Techniques
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It took more than two hundred years after this country’s political revolution to break free from the dominance of European cuisines, and begin to revel in our uniquely American culinary history. Prior to the last few decades, American cuisine was considered an offshoot of tourism; you ate tacos in Tucson and crab cakes on the Chesapeake Bay. But all of that has changed, and this series of books will celebrate the diversity of American regional cooking by exploring its flavors as they relate to grilled food. Each of the five volumes contains more than 300 recipes (including variations), and is proof of the old adage that “everything tastes better when cooked outdoors.” While the focus of the books is on main courses, there are also chapters which make it possible to grill hors d’oeuvres for a cocktail party, grill ingredients for a soup or to top a salad, and grill a pizza – either a savory one or a sweet one for dessert. As no one segment of the population owns grilling, no one cuisine can claim it either, including the U.S. It is man’s oldest cooking method, dating to cavemen turning hunks of meat over a fire. And grilled foods play a role in all of the world’s great cuisines. It is these international recipes that comprise 70 percent of each of the five volumes; the dishes are developed for their appeal to contemporary American taste. These international dishes are appropriate for every grill and every cook. However what makes this series of regional volumes unique are the region-specific recipes that lead off each chapter, with photography reflective of that region as well. American cuisine varies widely according to which ethnic groups joined the Native Americans on the land, what heritage they brought with them, and what crops the land could sustain. That is how bouillabaisse was transformed into gumbo in the Louisiana bayous, and how Portuguese linguica sausage became part of dishes on Cape Cod. Part of New England’s past and present is the ever-popular lobster, just as Dungeness crab holds the hearts of diners in the Northwest. While corn, the great truly American crop, is common to all regions and states, how it is prepared and the accent flavors vary greatly; it can be grilled over mesquite to add a smoky nuance to a creamy soup laced with green chilies born in the Southwest or it can be cut from its cobs once grilled and turned into a creamy Midwestern pudding with Wisconsin cheese. While we now have limitless access to foods brought into markets by air from around the world, there is also a growing emphasis on eating locally so food is the freshest. While this goal might be impossible to reach during a hard Wisconsin winter, during the summer months when grilling is at its peak in all states it will help for cooks to have recipes that utilize their local foods. These will be for both historic dishes and sophisticated adaptations that spring from those prototypes. But grilling is now viewed as a year-round activity, and two chapters of the book feature innovative approaches to using the grill as part of the cooking process to lend its aromatic and distinctive nuances to foods that are later roasted in the oven or braised on top of the stove. The introduction to each volume presents the diverse culinary history of the states located in that region, and how they are reflected in today’s cooking.
Everything tastes better cooked outdoors! By the nineteenth century, settlers arrived at the Rocky Mountains and moved beyond to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, and what they brought with them was truly American food. And yet myriad other influences have played into the mix–from Spanish to Asian culinary traditions, from the Idaho potato and Montana lamb to the salmon and halibut of the Pacific states, from the pineapples of Hawaii to the apples of Washington State. In the late-twentieth century, some of the most exciting New American Cuisine was spawned in the 1980s along the West coast. All this and much, much more shines through in this vast region’s delectable and distinctive grilling traditions.
“Great Year-Round Grilling in the West” celebrates the regional diversity of America’s most cherished outdoor culinary pastime. Written by a leading food author in a clear, easy-to-follow style, this book provides step-by-step hints and techniques in year-round grilling, along with more than 100 recipes and 50 mouthwatering color photographs. Regional recipes are complemented by international specialties, and basic grilling information is also included. In addition to main courses, this indispensable resource will show you the fine art of grilling everything from hors d’oeuvres to pizza. There are also recipes for regional side dishes and luscious desserts made in the kitchen to further enhance the food coming off the grill.
From regional favorites to more global cuisine, just a few of the recipes inside: Barbecued Oysters a la Napa
Basque Lamb Burgers
Cedar-Planked Columbia River Salmon
Chicken with Curried Coconut Sauce
Grilled Oranges with Raspberry Sauce
Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Mahi-mahi with Avocado Pineapple RelisSteak with Marsala Mushroom Sauce
Steak Tacos with Pico de Gallo
Chicken and Peach Salad
Pork Chops with Mango Sauce
Macadamia Coconut Pie
About the Author :
Ellen Brown has contributed to Great Year-Round Grilling in the West: *The Flavors * the Culinary Traditions * the Techniques as an author.
Ellen Brown, the author of more than 20 cookbooks, gained the national limelight in 1982 as the founding food editor of “USA Today”. Her books include “Gourmet Gazelle Cookbook, “winner of the IACP Award, and “Cooking with the New American Chefs, “a Tastemaker Award finalist.
From 2003 to 2008 she was allied with Alpha Books as an author for its popular series on basic instruction, “The Complete Idiot’s Guides. “Her nine books covered topics as diverse as slow cooker cooking and fondues to juicing and a dictionary of cooking substitutions. Just released by Lyons Press is a series of five reReviews (See reviews on Amazon.com) Features & Specifications (See more features & specs on Amazon.com)
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