Over the coarse of the year we get a lot of requests to do cookbook reviews and it is always exciting to see what kind of innovative work chefs and pitmasters around the world are doing. We were particularly excited to receive a review copy of Ted Reader’s latest cookbook, Gastro Grilling: Fired-Up Recipes To Grill Great Everyday Meals, because he is one of the more innovative and griller friendly barbecue cookbook authors around.
After several weeks of reviewing Gastro Grilling we weren’t disappointed. In fact we’re even more excited about Gastro Grilling than when we received it. Gastro Grilling is an outstanding cookbook that should be in the arsenal of grillers across the spectrum from beginner to seasoned veteran.
If you’re grill addicted and not familiar with Ted Reader you need to be. Reader is one of Canada’s most well known chefs and food entertainers and have a serious addiction to barbecue – he owns more than 100 grills and holds the world record for the largest hamburger ever grilled, weighing in at 590 pounds (How the heck did he flip that burger?)! Reader’s focus is on helping novice grillers become masters with recipes anyone can follow and with more than 20 cookbooks to his name he is doing it with innovative and delicious recipes that are sure to excite everyone’s taste buds! Where he isn’t writing cookbooks you’ll find Reader cooking barbecue at events around the world or acting as a spokesperson or culinary consultant for companies like Safeway, Costco, and TGI Friday’s. Reader certainly has an impressive resume and has established himself as a barbecue and grilling authority.
Now let’s dig into the pages of Gastro Grilling!
Gastro Grilling has more than 135 recipes that provide simple step-by-step instructions and are accompanied by an exceptional array of photos (and you know our feeling on how important great photos are to achieving a great cookbook). According to Reader, “The word ‘gastro’ comes from ‘gastronomy,’ and most people seem to think that means pretentious. Gastro does not imply pretentious when I’m involved,” says Reader. “Gastronomy means ‘the art and science of good eating.’ There are other definitons in play, but I like this one. It’s simple and the truth and unpretentious; like me and my food.”
Reader breaks the book up into the following chapters: 1) Introduction, 2) Party Starters, 3) Side Kicks, 4) Sandwiches, 5) Meat, 6) Poultry, 7) Fish & Shellfish, 8) Drinks and 9) Desserts. The extensive introduction gives an in depth explanation of what Gastro Grilling is while providing, among other things, excellent information on fuel types (including wood, charcoal and gas), understanding your charcoal fire, necessary grill gadgets and tools, and planking. The exceptional recipes start from the first recipe in the book on page 32 – Reader’s recipe for Cheesy Goodness! is not only innovative (you cook it on a soapstone block), but looks delicious and is sure to get any party started off right! Among the other recipes that immediately peaked my interest are the Smoked Risotto with Fire-Roasted Squash (pg. 108), Grilled Bacon Banh Mi (pg. 122), Grilled Tuna Muffuletta (pg. 137), Smoked Lamb Ribs with Spicy Peanut Sauce (pg. 245), Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Sardines (pg. 300) and Weiss Bier Cocktail with Charred Orange & Bourbon (pg. 345).
One of the more interesting recipes in the book is Dad’s Grilled Steak (pg. 174) where Reader explains how this recipe is where his love of grilling began. For the recipe read the attached recipe card.
We are very happy to give Gastro Grilling our full endorsement and encourage anyone who loves grilling and barbecue to get a copy today!
In addition to the extensive list of cookbooks Reader has authored he is the creator of a line of sauces and seasonings called Ted’s World Famous BBQ and has a line of Ted Reader Signature Series Grills made by Napoleon Grills. Be sure to check out Reader’s full line of products and cookbooks on his website.
Do you want to win a copy of Gastro Grilling, a set of Reader’s signature sauces and rubs and a Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack (1 bottle of each of our sauces (Original, Sweet, Mustard and Carolina Vinegar) and 1 jar of our All-American Spice Rub)? It’s simple to register, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and let us know why you are looking forward to the 2014 BBQ Season and why you need a copy of Gastro Grilling and pantry full of sauces and rubs from Ted’s World Famous BBQ and Pork Barrel BBQ. You have until May 7th to leave a comment. We’ll pick our favorite comment and announce a winner on May 8th.