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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Summer Dinners, Outdoors

What’s your go-to cookbook? The one that never lets you down, whose recipes you trust and consistently helps you turnout dinner night after night or provides inspiration when cooking for friends?

During summer, my go-to cookbook author is Jamie Purviance, Weber grill master extraordinaire. He’s achieved a somewhat legendary status in my house. How can you not love a chef whose website says, “Grilling is about much more than food and fire. It is about the ways people all over the world live the good life outdoors.” Fire up the grill!
Purviance’s grill recipes work every time and the side dish pairings he suggests are so tasty they can steal the show. Try the Pork Tenderloin and Bacon with Stewed White Beans from Real GrillingAfter we served this dish at a dinner party, my friend Amanda e-mailed the next day, "The Beans! Must have the recipe!" Vegetarians will find plenty of recipes for meatless main courses as well.
Find a collection of Purviance’s cookbooks at your local Fairfax County Public Library branch or check out other grilling cookbooks to get the most out of grilling season. Now, if he only showed up to do the dishes… a girl can dream.

-Ginger Hawkins, Centreville Regional Library
And in case you didn’t know, your library card gets you free access to your favorite cooking magazines through our new Zinio service. Download one of these if you don’t have time to run to the library before dinner: Eating Well, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Taste of Home, Vegetarian Times, and Weight Watchers. Zinio instructions are available here. Find a list of all available magazines here.

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