Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill: With More Than 125 Bold New Recipes Hardcover – May 19 1999
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Truly a chef-as-star cookbook, Bobby Flay's Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill features 26 photos of the man himself (not counting hand shots and various belt buckles). His name, either as Bobby Flay or Bobby Flay's, is repeated over 260 times within 274 pages. No reader will ever doubt just whose cookbook lies open on the kitchen counter with 125 "bold new" recipes.
Though there's the unspoken suggestion that Bobby Flay invented fire, Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill actually follows in a long tradition of outdoor cookery books, starting with James Beard's take on the subject, the many contributions of Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, who truly opened wide the door to modern grilling, Phillip Stephen Schulz's Cooking with Fire and Smoke, and the remarkable Barbecue! Bible put together by Steven Raichlen that takes grilling global--to name just a few.
But Bobby Flay does have flair and he does have enthusiasm, and both show up on every page. In chapters that cover everything grillable--from burgers (they may be turkey, they may be tuna) to poultry to meat, vegetables, and fruit--Flay pushes hard on combinations of colors and textures, spices and flavors sure to excite the sleepiest palate on the beach. Check out a standard like Butterflied Chicken with Lemon, Garlic, and Basil, or something a little more exotic like Whole Lobster Smothered in Cascabel Chile Butter. What is the thought of Grilled Pork Loin Sandwiches with Spicy Mango Ketchup doing to your taste buds right about now?
The main caveat for these recipes: all are written to serve eight. And be sure to use common sense instead of some of the directions, such as cooking chopped garlic and shallots until soft in "almost smoking" hot oil, for four to five minutes. Hello. Where does soft stop and incinerated begin? --Schuyler Ingle
From Publishers Weekly
Flay's third book is a must read for those who have wondered how this successful restaurateur and cable TV's maestro of marinade can so assuredly choose gas over charcoal when it comes to his biggest passion, grilling. He prefaces his recipes with an anecdote, an ugly day of barbecuing from his early years, the emotional bruise of which makes his choice for gas understandable. Thus, Flay fires up the propane and presents more than 125 patio-friendly concoctions that show off the chef's fearlessness, originality and eye for color. The good idea behind the book is to invigorate the simple tastes of youth with flavors that appeal to the adult palette. Corn on the cob gets rubbed with Red Chile-Green Onion Butter, and pork chops take a soak in a mixture of orange juice, ginger and toasted paprika. Whether it's fowl, fish, pork or potato that's being seared, Flay's brilliance with toppings and side salads make the dish. Witness his Rib-Eye with Chimichurri Marinade and Dried Chile Mustard Sauce or the Tuna Steak paired with a Fig and Nectarine Relish. Still, as delightfully wild as the menu gets, the ingredient list rarely strays from what's available in your local grocery or farmers' market. And the very nature of the cooking style, outdoors with a Cactus Pear Margarita in hand, guarantees a simplicity that will appeal to cooks of both lava rock and briquette persuasions.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
He is stuck on himself. However, I truly like his cooking and use his recipes from the Food Network often. That was the motivation for buying this book. I'm not disappointed. There are such a magnificent variety here: Turkey Burgers Filled with Brie and Grilled Granny Smith Apple Slices, he's a genius with Quesadillas, here Barbecued Chicken with Grilled tomato salsa and buttermilk dressing, and the Red Snapper Grilled with Corn Husks with Roasted Jalapeno-Lime Butter is just superb! Also, unbelievable combo is Grilled Sea Scallop Ceviche or the Tarragon-Marinated Lamb Chops with Pineapple-Pecan Relish.
Grilled Radichhio and Goat Cheese Salad with a Balsamic-Honey Glaze is fabulous side dish as well as the Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables.
His desserts and drinks are wonderful section, you can't go wrong with these to make hit. This book will heat up one's grilling repertoire!
Here's what keeps that fifth star off-the-board:
Wonderful recipes, solid art and photo work, great ingredient combinations. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM, YOU ASK??!!
No menu suggestions! A bunch of great food items, but no ideas about how to pull them together. Yes, a minor trifle to some, but it's the kind of thing that separates the truly great from the really good. So just go ahead and mix and match at your own discretion. Its grilling, not fine French cuisine.
Ladies,buy it for Fathers' Day, or for the man in your life. It's a great guy's cookbook.
Guys, buy it and wow your friends and neighbors, or treat your special someone to outstanding relaxed,casual food.
Everyone, you won't be disappointed. This is a solid casual cookbook filled with fine recipes and good information.
Stoke up that fire!
PS: If you try one, and only one recipe, go for the "Cedar-Planked Salmon". You'll never go back to the old way.
What I found most impressive is that Flay keeps it simple with hamburgers, pizzas (yes pizza on the grill), chicken, and seafood recipes that anyone can make. Sometimes some extra effort is needed to create the homemade sauces, but its worth it in the end. Of particular interest to me was the way he uses various fruits and fruit juices in the dish.
The instructions are quite clear and he covers many basic questions about the grill. If you never tried any of Bobby's recipes or seen his show, you're missing out.
Can't wait for the next book.
Most recent customer reviews
This was bought for a gift. The person told me he is enjoying it.Published 8 months ago by Sharon McDonald
This is a good book ... easy to read and easy to do. While I have only cooked 50% of the recipes it's not for lack of trying. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Cozy Marks
Once again, Bobby Flay has produced another great book capturing his unique recipes. Utilizing ingredients that can be found at any major grocer, dishes are created with a... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by D Downs
Don't waste your time unless you are a Bobby Flay groupie. Instead, try one of Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughy's books like "Thril of the Grill" or "License to... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004
One of the most annoying personnalities on TV now has his own grilling book. Recipies are ok, but not the best grilling book by any means. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003
This man knows how to cook! My husband took his hamburger tip and now he cooks GREAT hamburgers every time! He has so many delicious recipes in this book.Published on March 20 2002 by Melissa
Great cookbook, nothing bad in it. Highly reccomend the morrocon rubbed lamb with apricot chutney, It was a big hit at a party we gave. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2001
This book shows you how to get the max flavor out of simple combinations. Everything is delicious (except the margarita recipe - blech). Read morePublished on May 25 2001 by Ms Pearl
WHEN I FIRST SAW BOBBY FLAY I THOUGHT HE WAS ORIGINAL AND THOUGHTFULL.
NO NO NO NO NO THIS BOOK IS HORRIBLE. Read more