Foil Pack Dinners Cookbook Review

Foil Pack Dinners Cookbook Review

Title: Foil Pack Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven
Author: Julia Rutland
Published: May 12, 2020, Tiller Press
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $19.95 Paperback, $11.99 Kindle

Foil dinners are fun and convenient, but sometimes it’s hard to think of new ideas. Foil Pack Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven by Julia Rutland is a great little cookbook with 100 ideas for quick and easy foil dinners. Not only does it contain the basic Hobo Dinner (which probably started it all), but it has recipes for full meals made from chicken, fish, shellfish, beef, and pork, and also vegetarian meals and vegetable side dishes.

Most of the recipes are easy and call for ingredients that are easy to find in any mainstream grocery store. There is a how-to section outlining the best foil to use and other directives, as well as the upside of foil dinners (convenience, no pans to wash, etc.). The featured dishes are actually mouthwatering – there is something here for almost everyone. There are also suggestions for substituting ingredients to individualize dinners. While there aren’t photographs of every dish, there are dozens of good photographs, so cooks can see what the finished products are supposed to look like.

While the basic Hobo dinner is good, there are dozens of dinners that are even better: Chutney Glazed Pork Chops, Louisiana-Style Barbecued Shrimp, Blue Cheese and Onion Burgers, Cheesy Cauliflower Rice, Orange Tarragon Chicken with Candied Carrots, and Thai Chicken Curry to name a few. Who knew that so many yummy dishes could come out of foil packets? Although it is suggested that the packets be cooked in the oven or on the grill, the air fryer worked well, too, and cooked the packets in a little less time.

All told, this is a fun book with great ideas for easy, tasty dinners.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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