One hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller--inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors' popular restaurant, Ox, in Portland, Oregon.
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 Quiñónez 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); and plenty of starters, salads, desserts, and drinks, Around the Fire will help make your next outdoor feast the stuff of legend.
— Mother Jones Best Cookbooks of 2016
Inspired by their visits to Uruguay and Argentina, chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quinonez Denton incorporated many of the techniques and dishes of Latin American chefs with their own to create Ox, an Argentinian hybrid restaurant in Portland, Ore., that relies on a large Argentinian parilla grill for much of its items. Though its highly effective for many of the restaurant's dishes, home cooks won't need to build or buy anything so massive in order to achieve similar results using the recipes found here. Deftly merging toothsome recipes with the unique, smoky quality achieved by cooking over live coals, the duo offer dozens of inspired dishes. Some, like clam chowder with smoked beef marrow bones, green onions, and jalapenos, and a smoked beef tongue with ensalada rusa and sweetbread croutons, are probably best left to the restaurateurs; but even newbies will find coal-roasted oysters on the half-shell, and grilled maple-brined pork chops, tasty and easy to prepare. Though some dishes call for painfully specific ingredients such as turkey butts and lamb hearts, readers shouldn't run into too much trouble sourcing ingredients, and stand-ins are often recommended. Though this probably isn't the best resource for novices, experienced grillers and foodies interested in upping their grilling game are sure to find inspiration here.