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Bobby Flay Boy Meets Grill Cookbook Review - Collectibility
This is a collectibility review of Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook. I often review vintage cookbooks but decided to spin tonight and write on something contemporary, yet a popular cookbook collectible in its own right. Bobby Flay will surely be known as a top authority on grilling and barbecue for years to come. His popularity only seems to grow, unlike some of the other celebrity chefs who have been overmarketed and diluted their talents through what I call "chain cookbooks," similar to Starbucks, one on every corner and it becomes less interesting. This particular cookbook is one of my favorite barbecue/grilling books to date. The book lacks for nothing with beautiful color photos, a clean, contemporary layout of the recipes, easy instruction and interesting recipes.
The name Bobby Flay always brings the word "grill" to mind. In recent years Flay has reached celebrity chef status from his popular cooking shows, one of which is Boy Meets Grill. Boy Meets Grill is a popular Food Network TV cooking show whereby Flay is the host and offers grilling tips to his audience. Bobby Flay is also the owner of several acclaimed restaurants including Mesa Grill in New York City, Las Vegas and The Bahamas, plus Bar American in New York City.
Cookbook Title: Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook
Author: Bobby Flay
Publisher: Hyperion, New York
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 274 pages
Specialization Categories: Barbecue & Grilling Cookbooks, Celebrity Chef Cookbooks
Average Price: $8.00 used, $21 new and $20 - $30 signed
Noted Recipes: Barbecued Chicken Quesadillas with Grilled Tomato Salsa and Buttermilk Dressing, Pan Seared Porterhouse Steaks with Honey-Mustard Pan Juice, Spicy Barbecued Ribs with Peanut-Green Onion Relish, Key Lime Pudding Cake
COOKBOOK COLLECTIBILITY RATINGS RATINGS EXPLAINED
Investment Outlook: 4.0
Final Collectibility Factor: 4.33
Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook - Availability Rating - 2.0
This book is still widely available both new and used. It can be found on all the popular book sites including eBay and Amazon.
Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook - Popularity Rating - 7.0
Bobby Flay's books are all popular as are most of the celebrity chef cookbooks from the popular Food Network shows. Grilling and barbecue books are one of the top categories of purchases in my eBay cookbook store. As I mention earlier, the book lacks for nothing. It won't let you down. The beautiful format and very interesting spin on common grilling recipes certainly makes the cookbook live up to its popularity. The recipes themselves are not plain or simple, but they are for the most part simple to make, designed for chefs of all levels.
Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook - Investment Outlook - 4.0
If there is one Bobby Flay book to own as a future cookbook collectible or investment, this would be the one I'd choose, mostly as it relates to his TV show of the same name. This is the book that people will remember when they think of Bobby Flay cookbooks. I think it is wise to add cookbooks from some of the contemporary chefs to a cookbook collection. Though they are mass produced, many of the more collectible cookbooks today such as the Betty Crocker cookbooks, were also mass produced. Now look at them...the values keep going up.
Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill Cookbook - Final Collectibility Factor Rating - 4.33
My Final Collectibility Factor Rating is the sum of the above ratings. Though the rating tends to be on the lower end, this has to do with collectibility. The cookbook itself is a great buy. I highly recommend it.