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!

Slow Cookers in the Summer

I got my first slow cooker in December and it was love at first stew. All through the winter my family dined on soups and stews, chickens and roasts. But then summer approached and I thought, time to turn to my old friend the barbeque. Slow cookers are for the cooler months, right?


The library director told me she was planning a June display on slow cookers because slow cookers are great in the summer. No overly warm kitchen. No broiling in front of a grill. Simple. Slow. Cool.

Year roundNew though I am to the slow cooker universe, I immediately grasped the possibilities. And the cookbooks. I went straight to the library shelves and discovered great recipes like braised pork shoulder with soft tacos and watermelon-tomato salsa and spicy veggie chili with summer squash and jalapenos from Year Round Slow Cooker by Dina Cheney. My mouth watered for easy cheesy sloppy joes, open-faced pizza sandwiches, and risotto primavera with chicken Jacket.aspxfrom Year-Round Slow Cooker Recipes by Better Homes and Gardens.

Looks like my slow cooker and I won’t be apart this summer after all.


The library has a host of books on display in our lobby during June so you and your slow cooker can enjoy the summer together:

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