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Friday, June 1, 2012

Rob Rainford's Born to Grill by Rob Rainford: Chef Jeff Reviews

Born to Grill: Over 100 Recipes from My Backyard to Yours
by Rob Rainford
Appetite (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-449-01563-6
Cooking Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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Description: Rob Rainford was born to grill, and now he's taking grilling to a whole new level! In Born to Grill he brings his barbeque prowess to over 100 recipes and 20 complete menus from arond the world-- designed for hosting family and friends around your backyard barbeque.
For Rob, grilling is about entertaining; it's about spending time together, cooking and eating outdoors. It's also about pushing the boundaries of what you think you can do on the grill. In Born to Grill he shares his unique slant on grilling with 20 menus for you to mix and match, for both charcoal or gas grills. Born to Grill's recipes are international, influenced by Rob's travels and experiences in different countries and cultures. There are plenty of great grill classics (with a Rainford twist) but he really pushes BBQ boundaries with some true grilling originals and expert techniques, like cold smoking. Born to Grill takes you where no barbeque book has gone before, because Rob knows the grill can handle so much more than burgers and steaks. There's still plenty of beef in here, but also lamb, chicken, fish, seafood, veal, duck, a huge range of vegetables, plenty of sides, and even salads! All cooked on the grill.

The Good Stuff
  • Exceptional variety in types of recipes 
  • Beautiful photos accompanying all of the recipes
  • Author is Canadian (and wife said to mention that he is not bad to look at either)
  • Ingredients are easily found in all grocery stores
  • Recipes are relatively easy to make more the intermediate and up cook (wouldn't suggest this one to a beginner cook although my wife DID make the corn bread and said it was easy and straight forward)
  • The recipes we made all tasted fantastic 
  • Thanks to this book we will now be able to have home cooked breads, biscuits, etc during the Summer (We don't like to heat up the house in the summer & you can make bread items on the bbq -- and it was really simple and quick)
  • Good introduction
  • Really thanks all the people that went in to the preparation of the cookbook and his career. 
  • Recipes are very detailed and don't leave anything out - they are very easy to follow
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Recipes involve a lot of ingredients and a lot of prep time - I would rather have something more simple that I could throw on the bbq on a weeknight 
  • Would benefit from including prep and cooking time for each recipe
  • Also thought it would be helpful to include a little chapter or paragraph on organizing a meal on the bbq
  • Wife says she will never eat asparagus unless it has been cooked on the BBQ from now on
  • Wife was less than impressed with the index, but it isn't bad, she's just picky
Favorite Recipes

Grilled Asparagus with Brown-Butter Sage & Parmesean - Pg 70
Crab-Filled Potato Boats - Pg 222
Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits - Pg 225 (Quick and Easy!)
Cedar-Planked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze - Pg 194
Grilled Cornbread - Pg 82

Who Should/Shouldn't Use
  • Recommend more for the Intermediate and up cook (May frustrate beginners)
  • If you like to bbq, this is your book 
  • Fans of Rob Rainford obviously will enjoy as well
  • Anyone who wants to learn to bake bread type items on the bbq and not heat up your house -- pick this up, it is worth the price of the book
4 Dewey's

We received this from Random house in exchange for an honest review

Recipe Pictures

Wife also had the chance to meet Rainford at one of her "book things"

And btw, she didn't bring me anything home!


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