On Grilling

There’s nothing quite like a campfire on a cool autumn evening. The people cozily gathered around. The s’mores stuck to lips and fingers.

Nothing, that is, unless it is grilling. The taste of grilled meats and veggies simply cannot be beat.

As the girlfriend of a Brazilian who maintains his deep love for grilled meat, I find myself at somewhat of a loss when it comes to the world of grilling, though. Growing up, my family seldom ate large chunks of meat. (In fact, for the longest time, I maintained that I did not like steak–not because I had tried it but simply because I had only eaten it once.)

Where can I and other grilling-deprived people like myself turn when we want to learn this art of grilling? “Around the Fire”–with its recipes from the Ox Restaurant–fits the bill perfectly. It includes a whole buffet of flavors and dishes–from steaks to salads and–can you believe it–even desserts to finish the meal!

I recommend this book for great grillers, novices like myself, and others interested in getting their husband to start up the grill for summer.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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When in Rome…

Take over two thousand years of history and try to boil it down into one cookbook. What do you get?

Well, if you are journalist Katie Parla and photographer Kristina Gill, you get “Tasting Rome”–a delicious collection of recipes from Italy’s time-honored capital.

From pollo alla romana (Roman chicken) to cacio e pepe (a pasta sauce), this recipe is replete with the tastes and smells of Rome. And how could a cookbook from Italy be complete without an adequate supply of breads and pizza? This one, of course, includes recipes for these mouth-watering Italian dishes.

I recommend this cookbook to those who love Italy and Italian food or those who simply wish to travel through their tastebuds and experience another land.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Simply Good

When it comes to dinners, I like simple–especially on a night when I have just come home from school.

Unfortunately, however, simple often simply means grilled cheese sandwiches or instant noodles. But then my body revolts, deciding that the scant nutrition it gleans from these meals is insufficient to maintain my energy. In fact, “simple” meals–while meant to conserve energy–often leave me “simply” more tired.

That’s where good eating comes in. ´╗┐Good and Simple´╗┐ by Hensley and Hensley–two health-minded sisters–seeks to give that energy back to us rushed people without requiring us to maintain our own vegetable farms.

I like how Amazon.com summarizes the contents of this book: “With 140 vibrant photographs, tips on transforming leftovers, stocking your fridge and freezer, meals on the run, advice on mindful eating, and a one-week body reset plan, as well as two weekly meal plans, Good + Simple is the perfect book for any home cook who loves food and wants to eat well every day.”

I completely agree.

I recommend this book for anyone desirous of more energy and more healthful meal options.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.