Napoleon's Everyday Gourmet Burgers: Inspired Recipes by Chef Ted Reader Paperback – Apr 15 2010
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“Ted is so good, he’s the only Canadian chef we’ve ever had on our show. BBQ is his life and here’s a chance to learn how to make your ribs as good as his.” --Regis Philbin, Live! With Regis and Kelly “Ted Reader is the Jackie Chan of the BBQ. The wood is real, the meat is real, the fire is real?and he does all his own stunts.” --Ed Robertson, The Barenaked Ladies “Only a truly gifted chef can pull off the kind of food Ted reader cooks! Ted’s comfort zone: the heat of the fire, the sizzle of the grill, the sight of the smoke and the aroma of the marinade?hopefully there’s a beer close by too. He’s part chef, part artist?part caveman! I can’t tell who he’s really cooking for?us? Or him?” --Kevin Brauch, Thirsty Traveler and Iron Chef America “Nothing feed the great Canadian passion for grilling like Ted Reader’s mouth-watering recipes. His range of techniques and ingredients is so inspired and innovative it makes everyone want to becom a BBQ warrior. I love his books so much I keep copies at home and at the cottage.!” --Chef Michael Bonacini, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants “One of the most individualistic grill masters.” -Steven Raichlen, Author, The Barbecue Bible “Clever?addictive?absolutely delicious?a summer Barbecue specialist.” --Bon Appetit magazine “Ted Reader is the Crazy Canuck BBQ Kingpin.” --GQ magazine “Chef Ted Reader Rocks!” --Tyler Stewart, The Barenaked Ladies “Canada’s most engaging outdoor Chef” --HOMEFRONT MAGAZINE “Grillin’ and Chillin’ wouldn’t be the same without Teddy Reader smack dab in the middle of it all ? totally awesome, totally Beerlicious!” --Greg Cosway, Toronto’s Festival of Beer “Ted is a true artist and the grill his canvas....” --John Derringer, Q107 Morning Man, Corus Entertainment
About the Author
Ted Reader is an award-winning chef, author, and product developer. He is the author of several cookbooks, including The Art of Plank Grilling, and Sticks and Stones, which was awarded the Silver Medal in the Cuisine Canada 2000 Culinary Book Awards. Ted is a native of Paris, Ontario, and is a graduate of George Brown College’s Culinary Management Program. Ted appears regularly on radio and TV, where he is known as the “BBQ Guru.” He frequently demonstrates his culinary prowess by grilling in a range of venues?from swanky ballrooms to downtown parking lots. He owns more than 100 barbecues, grills and smokers in all shapes and sizes and never goes anywhere without one in the back of his truck. He lives in Toronto.
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Last year, Reader hooked up with Napoleon Gourmet Grills and began releasing cookbooks with that brand attached. The first, "Napoleon's Everyday Gourmet Grilling" was very favorable reviewed in this space. He also released in hardcover "Napoleon's Everyday Plank Grilling", which has been followed up with a paperback release this spring. Then came the third in May of this year, "Napoleon's Everyday Gourmet Burgers" ($25, Key Porter Books, 318 pp.). And as with the other books, this one is well done is every way.
As part of the publicity campaign for this book, Reader attempted to break a world record for the world's largest hamburger. On May 8 in Toronto, Reader and 10 assistants cooked a 300-pound hamburger on a specially-made Napoleon Grill (it had a built-in hydraulic fork lift that flipped the burger during the cooking process). With bun and fixin's, the final weight was 590 pounds, easily besting the standing record of 164.8 pounds. However, the Guinness Book of World Records states that the world's largest hamburger must be commercially available (i.e., offered for sale publicly on a regular basis) and thus Guinness continues to list Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Mich., as the recordholder, although Reader has said his behemoth will be made available on his catering menu.
Back to the book. "Napoleon's Everyday Gourmet Burgers" follows the same style and format of the previous two books. The recipes are very creative but not hopelessly challenging. However, what you will turn out from this book will undoubtedly lead to wows. Mark this one down as another outstanding effort by Reader. We'll look forward to what comes next.