July is National Grilling Month

July is National Grilling Month and Cheshire Public Library has more grilling and barbecue books than you can shake a spatula at. We’ve got books on grilling steak, burgers, poultry, fish, pork, Italian style, barbecue style and vegan! If you need to purchase a grill or maintain your current one, we can help you there too! Online access to Consumer Reports is just a click away.

Here are just a few of our grilling & barbecue books.

The big-flavor grill : no-marinade, no-hassle recipes for delicious steaks, chicken, ribs, chops, vegetables, shrimp, and fish.

Italian grill

Fire it up : more than 400 recipes for grilling everything

Fresh fish : a fearless guide to grilling, shucking, searing, poaching and roasting seafood

The grilling book : the definitive guide from Bon Appétit

Weber’s charcoal grilling : the art of cooking with live fire

Cooking Light way to cook grilling

Everyday grilling : 50 recipes from appetizers to desserts

Mediterranean grilling : more than 100 recipes from across the Mediterranean

The Kansas City Barbeque Society cookbook

And if you are in the market for a new gas grill or want tips on how to maintenance your current grill, go to the Consumer Reports database, search grills and access Gas Grill Ratings & Reviews, and the CR Buying Guide. Scroll down the page for short CR videos: Grill Buying Guide; How to Maintain Your Grill; Clean Your Grill Safely; and How to Replace a Gas Grill Burner.

Happy Grilling!

Best Cookbooks of 2013


This was the year of the cookbooks!  There were so many great cookbooks, it was hard to pick just a few.  Below are just some of the best of the year.


Pok Pok by Andy Ricker and JJ Goode – Thai

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes and Edward Mayes

Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla

Pati’s Mexican Table by Pati Jinich

Banh Mi: Authentic Vietnamese Sandwiches by Jacqueline Pham

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo


100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Withoutby Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie

Gramercy Tavern by Michael Anthony and Dorothy Kalins

Gluten-Free Girl Every Day by Shaunan James Ahern

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Karen Ansel

Stealth Health Lunches Kids Love by Tracy Griffith


Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily & Melissa Elsen

The Sweet Book of Candy Making by Elizabeth LaBau

Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Pierre Herme’s Pastries by Pierre Herme

Cupcakes & Parties by Jennifer Shea

Paleo Desserts by Jane Barthelemy

The Unusual:

The Craft Beer Cookbookby Jacquelyn Dodd

Meals In A Jar by Julie Canquille

Beyond Bacon by Stacy Toth & Matthew McCarry

Smoke:  New Firewood Cookingby Tim Byres

Hooch: Simplified Brewing, Winemaking & Infusion At Home by Scott Meyer

Sauces & Shapes by Oretta Zanini De Vita and Maureen B. Fant