Review by Adrianne Morrison & Linda Kissam

Here’ a cookbook meant to be taken outside when you grill. We recently reviewed a lovely grilling cookbook (On the Road with The Cooking Ladies)   that we imagine many will prefer to keep “new”—unspoiled—so they can read all the wonderful travel stories it also included. But, this little cookbook, we envision BBQ sauce wiped-off with a napkin and greasy fingerprints that reveal the most often turned-to recipes. Yup. We think it’s that good.

You can slip this book in your purse or laptop bag, pull it out to shop the ingredients, use your phone to hold it open for kitchen prep, then take everything out to the grill and fire-up some delicious food. Hot damn! That was a mouthful, just like those you’ll be taking once you start an eating excursion through Chef Daniella Malfitano’s new cookbook, BEST GRILL RECIPES EVER ($14.95).

Most of the recipes lean toward the comfort food summer-time barbecue theme.  Think rich sauces, spicy rubs and tasty marinades for chicken, pork, beef and dessert. Lots of easy and fast recipes, with others that are more complex and require more time and thought. Like barbecued sausages?  You’ll love Pork Sausages with Rosemary on page 24.  Chicken your thing?  Grilled Spicy Chicken Halves on page 34 has your name on it.  Thinking fish tonight?  Turn to page 54 for the delectable BBQ Sea Bass. Perhaps you’re a meat lover? Page 26 shows you how to make a Rib Eye Steak Tuscan Style.  Add all those choices to recipes for grilled veggies, side salads and grilled desserts and you have the complete book of grilling essentials. It’s no wonder we gave this book a 5 out of 5 star rating.


Beginning at the back (yes, sometimes this is my approach) I immediately ran into “Grilled Watermelon with Orange Sour Cream Ice Cream.” Now, this isn’t a fast, prepare quickly recipe for grilling watermelon; however, you can use the instruction to grill the melon, or add just the Honey-Orange Syrup, but I encourage you to go-for-it. Enjoy the whole experience—take the required time to make the complete dessert. You will need an ice-cream maker and allow 3-hours chill-time for the custard prior to serving. I’m thinking orange sherbet might work in a pinch, but making your own ice-cream is satisfying and will result in a real treat for you and your lucky guests.

Flipping all the way to the front, I see recipes for many meals you’ll want make and each one has a great photo to tempt you further down the road to grilling bliss. OK, I admit it, I flipped to the back again. How about a Grilled Pear & Radicchio Salad for a hot summer night? You’ll find guidance for making sauces and sides in addition to fish, meats and vegetable dishes. I recommend once you choose a receipt, read it to the end so you’ll know the equipment you need; and, consider the total time-to-prepare listed just under the recipe’s title.

Gift this book to aspiring grillers and those who could use a little spark and spice to their meal-prep repertoire. Suggest they start with the recipes based on the least number of ingredients, then work up to the most. For instance, first make the Cookout S’mores, next try the 7-ingredient desserts, and then advance to the watermelon recipe. Note: It’s pic is a 2-page spread introducing Chapter Seven, Sweet Grill. Indeed.


I’ve always found that a little bit of planning and creative thinking can take a “nice meal” to the next level and make it a truly memorable event. Here’s a cookbook that will help you get to “what success looks like” with recipes you can serve that will really wow your guests. 50 mouthwatering recipes puts you in the driver seat to put on the epic barbecue event of the year.

We all know that nothing can beat the smoky, char-grilled sizzlin’ flavor of food cooked on a barbecue – especially when cooking for friends and family. I am thinking impressing guests will be easy with a range of interesting flavors like Zesty Chicken Wings, Grilled Fruit Kabobs and Tandoori Lamb Chops. With recipes for home-made sides, sauces, desserts and vegetarian entrees you can create a really unique barbecue experience.

This unique collection of recipes provides everything needed for the perfect barbecue party with classic recipes like Sweet Corn on the Cob and Cedar Plank Salmon with Herb Dressing. With this one small paperback book you can host the party of the year…from side salads to desserts to entrees. 

About the Author 

Daniella Malfitano is a multi-faceted chef, culinary entrepreneur, educator, TV host and creator of the PBS television series “Delicious Discoveries with Daniella Malfitano.” She has worked in restaurants in Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Best Grill Recipes Ever
Paperback: $11.08
Kindle: $14.95
144 pages

Note:  Adrianne & Linda each received a courtesy copy of this cookbook for review purposes.

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