David Guas has long been celebrated for his desserts—he's the chef behind Bayou Bakery in Arlington, Virginia—but he's also the host of Travel Channel's American Grilled. Guas believes grilling is simple and straightforward, and he provides plenty of accessible recipes but also sees the opportunity for experimentation, which makes for an appealing mix of dishes that range from Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken to Charred Guacamole with Grilled Corn. Anyone who's enjoyed one of Guas's desserts will be pleased to find recipes for Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cream and Sorghum Drizzle and Grilled Plum Crostata with Port Glaze. In addition to the more than 200 recipes, Guas offers a quick overview of basics, like how to use a chimney starter, direct versus indirect heat and choosing wood.

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