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Book Review: Around the Fire


Around the Fire
Recipes from Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant

Take your backyard barbecue game to the next level with Around the Fire, the highly anticipated debut cookbook from celebrated chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton. These are black-belt grilling recipes – inspired by the live-fire cooking traditions of Latin America, as well as the seasonal philosophy of their Portland, Oregon restaurant, Ox- that will change the way you think about and cook with fire. Featuring unexpected cuts of meat (like Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops with Rosemary Marinade or Grilled Wild Halibut on the Bone with Toasted Garlic-Lemon Oil); seasonal produce (Grilled Butternut Squash with Za’atar and Charred Green Onion Yogurt will delight vegetarians and carnivores alike)l and plenty of starters, salads, desserts, and drinks, Around the Fire will help make your next outdoor feast the stuff of legend. 

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton are the chefs and owners of the critically acclaimed Ox Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. The James Beard Award finalists and Food & Wine best new chefs have earned rave reviews and legions of fans for their creative and edgy cooking. Stacy Adimado is a food and travel journalist and cookbook author whose work has been published by NPR, Bon Appetite, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, Forbes, and many more. She lives in San Fransisco. 

In school I always joke about being the “best boyfriend ever” and one of the responses I get back is that I can’t grill so I can’t do it. So when I saw Around the Fire I knew I had to have it. The book starts with basic tools, and styles of grilling as well as many of the basic questions you’ll probably be asking. Around the Fire isn’t just a grilling book though as I discovered, not only is the photography gorgeous but the recipes are fantastic. They’re intricate full meals, and not just your average dad sort of dinners. If you like the Citrus cookbook or Hot Bread Kitchen, you’ll love Around the Fire.  


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