The Backyard Fire Cookbook written by Linda Ly is a great new book for the start of the outdoor cooking season. I don't have a lot of experience cooking outdoors, so I was really interested in the tips that I could learn in this cookbook, that would allow me to get more comfortable with cooking outdoors. I am very happy to say that I learned a lot, thanks to this book, and I am looking forward to trying out some recipes over Memorial Day weekend.
Types of live-fire cooking at home
- Open Fire Pit
- Vessel Fire Pit
- Open Grill
- Covered Grill
In this book, they explain pros and cons of each of these live-fire cooking methods. These options cover all budget options, and take into consideration space needs and even weather conditions. I could see that even choosing more than one method could be helpful if your family does a lot of outdoor cooking. I have decided to start with a covered grill to start my journey. Next you learn about the grilling tools and accessories. I have promised myself that I need to start small, but I admit that shopping can be quite fun for these options.
Wood and Charcoal for The Backyard Fire Cookbook
For outdoor cooking, your choice of fuel, wood or charcoal, really is just as important as the food that you are going to prepare. This cookbook includes a great table that shows the different options available for wood choices. Everything from Apple to Mesquite, you have choices on the favor that comes from cooking with various wood options. Charcoal is another great option, and I discovered the option of hardwood lump charcoal. The last thing offered (which I had NO idea about) is that you could add herbs and spices to your wood or charcoal to give your food an earthy smokiness. Since I love herbs so much, this is going to be a great thing for me to experiment with!
There are many more pages that cover techniques, grilling times, checking for when your food is done, and fire safety. Whether you are new to cooking with fire, or a seasoned outdoor chef, there is a lot of information that will help you to up your game.
Here are just a few of the recipes that you will have to choose from;
- Peppercorn-Crusted Caveman Steak with Horseradish Cream
- Smoky Ember-Roasted Eggplant Dip
- Italian Burgers with Basil Mustard and Giardiniera
- Whole Grilled Trout with Blood Orange and Fennel
- Foil Pack French Dip
- Dutch Oven Jambalaya
- Thai Chicken Pizza with Sweet Chili Sauce
You get the idea. These recipes are exciting and taking things up from the regular burgers and steaks that are often the meals of the outdoor home chef. Whether you love to grill meat, or you prefer to explore vegetable options, this cookbook will have ideas to make you mouth water.
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Harvard Common Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.