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Grilling Cooking Ladies

Adventure and cooking — that’s what The Cooking Ladies are all about. Long-time friends and road-trip companions, these gals make their dreams come true every day. Their new book is a collection of on-the-road travel memories and recipes inspired by touring the highways of North America.

Book Review: On the Road with The Cooking Ladies: Let’s Get Grilling

Authors: Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay

Cooking Ladies Let's Get Grilling Book Cover

Authors, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackayare successful restaurant and catering entrepreneurs and this is their 10th cookbook. Yes, it has many great recipes, but more importantly, there’s an undercurrent moving you through the pages.

Riding along with two BFF’s who are enjoying new experiences “before it’s too late” makes this book all the sweeter. They remind us nothing can move a person more profoundly to do what you’ve always wanted, or said you would do, than facing the unexpected loss of a younger friend.

With an appetite and penchant for story telling, these ladies sold everything and set out on a journey that lasted 9+ years. Now they share the recipes created to reflect the local cuisines they encountered along the way. What do you want to do?

What do the stories and recipes have in common? Grilling. And, what else can you do with a grill? Smoke? It’s true, and the instructions for turning your gas grill into a smoker are really quite simple.

Another thing about grills, they can easily be used as a gas top range with pans or woks, and simply closing the top creates an oven. Turns out, grills are a very versatile piece of cooking equipment so we can use them in all seasons and cook almost anything.

Grilling bacon wrapped onions - Yay!

There’s bound to be at least one, and I’m betting many places, stories, and recipes here that remind you of someplace you’ve been to, or want to go.

“Along the North Alabama Barbecue Trail” sparks me to get myself to Alabama and meet-up with my long-lost, now-found cousins.

Wonder if they make BBQ sauce with mayonnaise in Red Level? The Cooking Ladies tell us white BBQ sauce was created at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur four generations ago. And, since it’s still famous I’d think that white sauce reached Southern Alabama—don’t you? I’ve got to find out.

In the meantime, I’m going to try grilling up some chicken with the Cooking Ladies' Barbecue Sauce, North Alabama White—cant wait to try it.

Cooking Ladies' travel memories page from Let's Get Grilling

Purchase this book and you’ll get two books shuffled together. One, that reminds you of a foodie traveler’s blog, or a scrapbook of road-tripping pics and memories. The other, a collection of fine recipes for grilling everything from “Snacks & Starters” through meats, seafood, veggies and desserts.

There are recipes here for the novice griller and some a bit more advanced in technique and ingredients. For instance, if you’re a “throw salmon on the grill, flip carefully and serve” you’ll have fun learning you can place it on a bed of wet romaine leaves with fresh lemon and basil, cook with lid closed and become a star at the grill.

Ahhh… I’m looking forward to the difference between my grilling before, and my potential mastery with the help of On the Road with The Cooking Ladies: Let’s Get Grilling as my guide.

I love great books that move me effortlessly out of everyday roads and into the passing lanes of open highways—you will too. Pick up a copy and enjoy the sights, tastes and the ride.

Cooking Ladies' Marinated Sirloin Steak

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Photos & recipe courtesy of The Cooking Ladies.

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Disclaimer: As is common in the book review industry, Adrianne and Linda were each provided with a copy of the cookbook for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, these two writers are happy to provide full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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