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Scorched: The Ultimate Guide to Barbecuing Fish


04 April 2024

Scorched by Genevieve Taylor

Who’s the author? Live-fire and BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor is a bestselling author whose books include The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook (2018), Charred (2019), Foolproof BBQ (2021) and Seared (2022). She runs the Bristol Fire School and demonstrates live-fire cookery at food festivals all over the UK. She has presented Radio 4’s The Food Programme and regularly contributes to publications on all things barbecue.

What’s it about? Scorched is a one-stop shop for recipes and practical advice that will help you get the most from cooking fish on your barbecue. Genevieve covers everything you’ll ever need to know about buying and cooking all kinds of fish, beginning with the science of why we need to cook different types of fish in different ways and the physics of how fire works.

Subsequent chapters cover cooking whole fish, ‘bits’ of fish, fish on a stick, smoked fish, burgers and fritters, suckers and shells and fish cooked in a pan, making this the most useful, practical and comprehensive guide you will ever need for cooking fish and seafood on the barbecue.

Scorched also includes essential information about setting up your barbecue, sourcing your fuel, and lighting your fire, with troubleshooting tips throughout. The 85 delicious and succulent recipes – complete with beautiful photography – will inspire and delight any fish-loving foodie.

Recipes we love: Whole Grilled Plaice with Green Butter, Scallop, Chorizo and Sage Skewers, Grilled Crab Legs with Scotch Bonnet and Thyme Butter, Serrano Grilled Hake with Spanish Bean Stew, and Black Rice with Grilled Cuttlefish and Aioli.

Perfect for: Fans of Genevieve’s books Charred (a guide to vegetarian barbecue) and Seared (cooking meat with fire) will love this third book in the trilogy, as will any enthusiasts of cooking with fire.


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