Lisa Lemke, a freelance food consultant, recipe developer, food stylist, and television chef, lives in a small town on the west coast of Sweden. She writes about food in various media, including magazines, books, radio, television, and advertising. She is the author of Till Grillat, which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and Till Sommaren (both Bonnier Fakta). Lemke is the host of My Kitchen on TV4. Together with Tommy Myllymäkki, one of Sweden's biggest chefs, she gives viewers recipes and culinary inspiration twice a day, Monday through Saturday, on the popular morning show Nyhetsmorgon.
"For many, summer is the season to go lighter on food preparation, allowing the fresh flavors to speak for themselves, but this cookbook from a Swedish TV chef promises that laid-back doesn't have to mean pedestrian grilled meats and insipid salads. Among her solutions for meats is a series of creative marinades, rubs, glazes, sauces, and compound butters, some of which evoke her native flavors (elderflower and lemon glaze, for example) and others that combine cross-cultural ingredients (a sticky BBQ marinade with hoisin, red chili, and cherry marmalade). From there Lemke accompanies her reader along a series of well-designed menus for occasions such as a Grand Summer Brunch Buffet (baked eggs with asparagus and bacon; onion mushroom and sage custard tart; carrot and almond scones) and a Chic Cocktail Party in the City (salty-sweet rosemary popcorn; pizza with chanterelles, chorizo, and pecorino). Enthusiastic commentary convincingly urges readers to try gorgonzola in an omelet with grapes, and a chocolate pie mixed with muscovado caramel and currant. Lemke's recipes are colorful and creative. Color photos." Publishers Weekly
"With fresh recipe ideas for readers who like dining al fresco, this cookbook promises plenty of summer fun." Library Journal