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Barbecue Hardcover – 4 Mar 2004
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The English summer being what it is, one might paraphrase Confucius and say that there are few pleasures to compare with watching an old friend hunched over the barbecue, under an umbrella, as the hail lashes down. Ideally observed, of course, from shelter. As to what is being pushed around over the coals, one could do very much worse than consult Barbecue: Where There's Smoke There's Flavour by Eric Treuille and Birgit Erath, a very sophisticated and cosmopolitan collection of recipes. Treuille and Erath have trawled the world for their flavours, to impressive effect. They begin with an armoury of seasonings and marinades: Carolina Honey Glaze, Achiote Seasoning (Mexico), Charmoula (North Africa) and Spicy Tandoori Mix are particularly good examples. A chapter of meat recipes deals with beef, pork and lamb--the last perhaps the most perfect barbecue food; others cover seafood, chicken, vegetables (including a handful of interesting grilled fruit ideas). All the recipes are vivid, tasty and, insofar as this is possible with grilled food, elegant. Sensibly, and for obvious reasons, they are all given in outdoor and indoor versions. A final pair of chapters offers collections of sauces and salsas, and salads and side dishes. Really a very distinguished compilation, put together with great skill, style and flair. As one would expect from Dorling Kindersley, it is a visual feast as well. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eric Treuille is passionate about food! He cooked professionally in Paris, London and New York until working as a food stylist with Le Cordon Bleu introduced him to the world of cookbooks. He is the director of the Books for Cooks cooking school in Notting Hill, London, and is author of several DK cookbook titles, including Pasta, Canapes and Bread. He divides his time between France and London.
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Paid for this item to be gift wrapped, and again I am told it was niceley done, BUT be warned this item took a week to get to the receipient, in fact my son got it a day after his birthday because it was delivered to his office on a Saturday when it it closed and had to go for redelivery on the Tuesday. This is not the service I expect from amazon and if i had been told gift wrapping would delay the delivery I would have sent it unwrapped.
At the bottom of the recipe page, knowing the English weather, if barbecuing outside is not an option, it has guidelines on cooking inside which I think is a brilliant idea. Most people are put off by the weather but these recipes can be used inside or out!
Lastly, what I thought was nice touch, was the mini menus at the back which allow you to see which recipes in the book can go together for a themed barbecue. Great for planning and entertaining guests!
Overall I think this is a brilliant book and anyone with any level of barbecuing skills can pick up and be inspired!
For the first barbecue, I literally could not decide what to make, as it all sounded wonderful (quite a rarity in a cookbook, in my experience) - so I ended up preparing four recipes. My carnivorous yet usually reserved husband loved it enough to ask 'Where did this come from - it's really good!'
The photos are great, as is to be expected from a Dorling Kindersley publication. The recipes are straightforward and very easy to follow, and as already mentioned, there's detailed instructions for cooking on both the barbecue and the grill indoors - so poor weather is no longer either a problem or an excuse!
If you're looking to perk up your barbecue repertoire after years of same old same old, then buy this book. It'll be a very long time before you'll need another.
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