It was on our local public radio show The Food Schmooze* that first I heard about Sally Sampson's "Recipe of the Week" cookbook titled Kabobs. I thought the idea was fantastic - a series of cookbooks with 52 themed recipes - one for every week. It seemed like a great way to mix things up a bit. I also thought that Kabobs, the first book in this unique series, was a great way to introduce the series. I mean, who doesn't love food on a stick?!?!?
I ordered the book as soon as I got home. After listening to the radio host and the author talk about the recipes, I was practially drooling, and couldn't wait for it to arrive. When it arrived, Chris and I flipped through it together and realized what an excellent addition to our cookbook collection it is. The recipes are original and innovative, and have definitely inspired us to come up with our own kabob ideas. There are kabobs with flavor profiles that seem pretty familiar to most home cooks (e.g. Beef with Herb Butter) as well as ones inspired by international cuisines (West Indian Chicken with Honey Butter). Importantly, the author goes well beyond beef, including recipes for lamb, pork, vegetable, fish, shellfish and fruit kabobs.
The recipes are clearly-written and easy to follow, with excellent photographs, organized notes, and helpful serving suggestions. They seem especially good for entertaining as most can be prepped ahead of time, and great for easy summer grilling. We look forward to adding these recipes into our repertoire and to taking a look at other books in the "Recipe of the Week" series.
*The Food Schmooze is broadcast live on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. on CT public radio and is repeated on Saturdays at noon. It is also available for listening online or via podcast. The host is CT's own famous foodie Faith Middleton.