I know it's a cliché, but it's still true that a lot of Father's Day gifts have to do with the great outdoors, particularly of the grilling variety. This year, besides the hot new barbecue books, I've seen more cookbooks on camp cuisine than ever before--a trend I hope continues.
Below are some of my favorite new barbecue and camping cookbooks, any of which would make a great gift for dad, or just for your own summer inspiration...
This is my favorite new book for outdoor cooking. The recipes are what you might expect for a great meal at home, but Emma Frisch shows you how to take it on the road. Tips for prep, transportation, and dishing it up are easy to follow and the book is designed for any outdoor occasion--be it backyard or back of the wilderness.
Food52 puts up an approachable cookbook for grilling, whether you're making tonight's dinner or roasting corn to add to a fresh salad. Pizza on the grill? Check. Transformed veggies? You bet. But they don't leave out things like a beautiful pasta using grilled seafood and limes. Great for weeknight meals on the patio.
If you're heading to the beach and want to make fabulous meals with a Dutch oven and open flame, this is the cookbook to take with you. From how to set up an outdoor kitchen, to creating foil-packed culinary treasures over hot coals, Laura Basher shows us how to make it healthy, make it beautiful, and make it in nature.
I don't have one of these, but I really want one...and if you've got someone with a kamodo grill, this is their cookbook. Over 100 recipes showcase this magnificent invention, and demonstrate how to do everything from cook alligator (not kidding) to smoke a bird to bake a cake. Even if you never make Smoked Goat Bolognese, with this cookbook you could...
Yes, Michael Symon really does include cooking in a wood-burning fireplace. This Food Network star, co-host of The Chew and owner of Mabel's BBQ in Cleveland, Ohio is a man who loves to grill. For a cookbook that covers a lot of meat, perfectly seasoned and cooked, and a guide to every type of flame cooking method out there, this is the book to have.
The IACP winning authors of The Picnic have turned their talents to the great outdoors once more. This time with recipes for fire-cooking. The layout of this cookbook is original, incredibly appealing, and includes things like a list of 99 Ways to Use a Thermos. And I love that it begins, on the copyright page, with the words "For survivalists with standards."
One of the bestselling authors of barbecue books, Steven Raichlen knows his way around a barbecue, and he's one of the best at teaching the rest of us how to uncover our inner grill master. Project Fire covers techniques like salt slab grilling, using high-tech tools, and the overall practice of how to get the most out of making meals on a grill.
We know barbecue doesn't always mean meat, but with VBQ, vegans get a cookbook that is wholly their own. For any of us trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat, this is a welcome addition to our grilling repertoire, too. Eggplant Gyros meet Cauliflower Cutlets--this is not just veggies on a skewer, but a great mix of recipes for both the beginner and those with serious grill experience.
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