Anyone can learn to cook outside over a fire with this dazzling guide to setting up an outdoor kitchen, featuring practical tips and 80 recipes from the award-winning chef of Hartwood in Tulum, Mexico.
Chef Eric Werner cooks nearly every dish served at Hartwood over wood fire, without gas or electricity, and when he's not at the restaurant, he's making delicious meals for his family, grilled in his own backyard outdoor kitchen. In this book, Werner shares the secrets to and recipes for simple, unrestricted, foolproof outdoor cooking in a way that reimagines the way you cook at home.
Whether you already have a grill or have never cooked outdoors before, The Outdoor Kitchen provides all the tools and inspiration you need. Featuring step-by-step blueprints for constructing your own outdoor kitchen plus variations and modifications for store-bought grills, this handbook shows you how to build a high heat quickly and achieve a perfect sear.
The recipes range from grilled meats, fish, and vegetables to marinades, quick pickles, cocktails, and desserts, including:
Grilled Lamb Chops and Burnt Cherries
Rib Eye for One with Onion Jam
Salmon and Almond-Tarragon Salsa Verde
Grilled & Pickled Zucchini
Grilled Romaine with Smoked Fish Dressing
Burnt Strawberry Ice Cream
Whether you're cooking for yourself or your family on a weeknight or entertaining guests on the weekend, all the recipes are straightforward, with just a few ingredients and simple methods, for dishes that emphasize fresh flavor and the magic of wood-fired cooking.
About the Author
Eric Werner is the chef and owner of Hartwood restaurant in Tulum, Mexico, which he opened with his wife, Mya, in 2010. Situated between the Yucatán jungle and the Caribbean Sea, Hartwood is renowned for highlighting local Mayan ingredients and for its staunch dedication to wood-fire cooking, garnering acclaim from publications such as Bon Appétit, Vogue, and the New York Times. His first book, Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatán, was the recipient of the IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel.
Nils Bernstein is the food editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, and writes and develops recipes for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious, GQ, New York Times, Cooking Light, and Men's Journal.
“The simple, silent, elegance of cooking with fire is a summary of our craft that takes us to the true realm of taste and living.”—Francis Mallmann, author of Mallmann on Fire
“This is my favorite way to cook. Eric captures the joy of grilling outside over an open fire—how it intimately connects you to nature, to the seasons, and to your ingredients.”—Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
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