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'Tis the Season for Summertime Cooking

Posted about 1 year ago by April S

Posted in Catalog Tips, Cooking, Home, & Garden, eBooks & eAudiobooks and Resources | Tagged with barbecue, BBQ, cookbooks, cooking, cookout, grilling, picnic and summer

Summertime and cookouts go hand in hand and most people have plans to either throw a barbecue or attend one at some point during the summer months. Whether it’s barbecue or grilling, one thing’s for sure, it’s truly an American pastime. Technically, what most of us think of as barbecue is actually grilling, that’s if you’re a die hard barbecue fan. The art of barbecue usually refers to cooking meat at a very low temperature for a long period of time, which also involves basting and/or smoking of some kind. The term barbecue can also refer to a gathering of friends and family to celebrate good food, good times and companionship. Who doesn’t love a good barbecue get-together in the summertime?

Get cooking with these great resources available at your local library ...

Meathead - the science of great barbecue and grilling - text and photographs by Meathead Goldwyn with Greg Blonder, Ph.DFor succulent results every time, nothing is more crucial than understanding the science behind the interaction of food, fire, heat, and smoke. This is the definitive guide to the concepts, methods, equipment, and accessories of barbecue and grilling. The founder and editor of the world's most popular BBQ and grilling website,, Meathead applies the latest research to backyard cooking more than 100 thoroughly tested recipes.

"Readers will be delighted to learn that a man who willingly calls himself Meathead can still be trusted with a collection that has science in the subtitle. Goldwyn, whose day job is running the website, explores the complexity of heat, meat, and smoke in the first half of his book, with a sense of humor sharper than his nickname suggests and a stack of scientific research provided by physicist Greg Blonder. Then he offers more than 100 recipes to take to the grill...[an] excellent guidebook." ~ Publishers Weekly
Weber's New American Barbecue - a modern spin on the classics by Jamie Purviance"To define American barbecue as 'ribs and roasts cooked low and slow in the Southern style' doesn’t do it justice. Traditional barbecue, in all its delicious glory, is a foundation - an idea to be built upon. And all across the country, home grillers and restaurant chefs alike are doing just that. In this big melting-pot of a nation, we all bring something different to the table - flavors, spices, perspectives - and each time we do, the meaning of barbecue changes a little. Through stories and essays, hundreds of photos, crystal-clear techniques, and 100 exceptional and fool-proof recipes, Weber’s New American Barbecue™ celebrates what’s happening at the grill today. From chefs creating new classics to everyday backyard heroes melding flavors to pitmasters setting new standards of excellence at competitions, this book explores the delicious evolution of our true American pastime - barbecue." ~ Amazon
Handmade Gatherings - recipes and crafts for seasonal celebrations and potluck parties by Ashley English"From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find sixteen parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fetes, lush springtime soirees, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs--it's all here. Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all." ~ Amazon

But wait, there's more ... the library has many more great resources to help you plan your grilling adventure this summer and beyond.

Print Books

The Summer Table - Recipes and menus for casual outdoor entertaining by Lisa Lemke
Back Home with the Neelys : Comfort Food from our Southern Kitchen to Yours by Pat Neely, Gina Neely, Ann VolkweinVegetarian grilling - 60 recipes for a Meatless Summer by Karen Schulz, Maren Jahnke
Latin Grilling - Recipes to Share, from Argentine Asado to Yucatecan Barbecue and More by Lourdes Castro
Cookouts Veggie Style - 225 Backyard Favorites - Full of Flavor, Free of Meat by Jolinda Hackett
Afro-Vegan - Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean and Southern flavors remixed by Bryant Terry
Fresh Grilling - 200 Delicious good-for-you seasonal recipes by Better Homes and GardensPlank Grilling - 75 recipes for infusing food with flavor using wood planks by Dina GuillenThe Outdoor Table - The Ultimate Cookbook for Your Next Backyard BBQ, Front-Porch Meal, Tailgate, or Picnic by April McKinney


BBQ Bistro [electronic resource] - Simple, Sophisticated French Recipes for Your Grill by Karen AdlerThe gardener and the grill [electronic resource] - the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill by Karen Adler and Judith FertigGood Housekeeping test kitchen grilling cookbook [electronic resource] - 225 sizzling recipes for every season
Michael Chiarello's live fire [electronic resource] - 125 recipes for cooking outdoors with Ann Krueger Spivack and Claudia SansoneThe Southwestern grill [electronic resource] - 200 terrific recipes for big and bold backyard barbecue by Michael McLaughlinThe complete book of outdoor cookery [electronic resource] by James Beard

Looking for even more ways to expand your outdoor cooking skills?  

Try using the following subject terms or keywords when searching the library catalog:

  • Barbecue
  • Barbecuing
  • Cookbooks
  • Entertaining
  • Grilling
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Seasonal Cooking
  • Tailgate Parties

Featured Image Credit: Picnic in Columbus by User:Postdlf via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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