UPI Book Review
Book review: Grill Power
By MARCELLA S. KREITER
CHICAGO, Jan. 18 (UPI)The first book dedicated to indoor grilling has hit bookstore shelves and it makes the outdoor grilling enthusiast want to run inside where one can pursue the passion without fighting weather, smoke and bugs.
Holly Rudin-Braschi's Grill Power bills itself as the first written specifically for indoor electric grills and not only provides hundreds of recipes but cooking tips as well. Rudin-Braschi was in Chicago for the just-ended International Housewares Show, promoting grills for Salton and pushing her tome. She is a certified health, fitness and nutrition lecturer, as well as a food journalist and cooking instructor.
"My love affair with grilling began the summer I was 6 years old during a visit to my Uncle Mannie and Aunt Ruth's house in Los Angeles," says the Petaluma, Calif. resident in the introduction to the cookbook. "That's when I realized how much I adored watching my Uncle Mannie grill dinner each night on his charcoal barbecue." The first indoor electric grills came on the market in 1995. Rudin-Braschi said once she tried it, she was hooked. The problem was there were no cookbooks specifically geared toward the appliance and "you must know exactly how your grill works before cooking with it."
Grill Power explains the different types of grills and how they work and each recipe provides cooking times for both hibachi-style and two-sided grills. Rudin-Braschi advises dedicated grillers to buy a digital thermometer so internal temperature can be determined.
Rudin-Braschi makes liberal use of grids to provide nutrition information as well as quick reference for special preparation instructions and grilling time. ("I've dealt with corporate types a lot," she said.)
In addition to the usual beef, fish, lamb and poultry sections, Rudin-Braschi has provided an extensive section titled, "Mighty Meatless Meals." "Getting kids to eat their fruit and vegetables is really tough sometimes," she said. "Put them on a stick and stick them on a grill and the kids can't get enough." And since families don't live by entrees alone, Rudin-Braschi provides recipes for side dishes to accompany the main dishesalong with marinatesand then provides the calorie, sugar, cholesterol, protein, fat, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber and calcium content for each meal.
(Grill Power, By Holly Rudin-Braschi, QVC Publishing Inc., 288 pages, $19.95)
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