Rekindling spirit of campfire girls 

For those who say a woman's place is in the kitchen, we say humbug. Girls like to play outdoors with fire just like boys, and Karen Brooks, Diane Morgan and Reed Darmon submit as evidence the new book "Dressed to Grill" (Chronicle Books; $16.95).

It's the distaff side of charcoal and ribs, written as part diary, part recipe book, with sections on grilling for when you're in love, you're on a diet or you just got jilted ("how could I be sarong" chicken wings). Aside from being very funny, this guide to Barbie-cue has some unusual outdoor cooking ideas, like grilled fig salad, seared scallops with gazpacho and halibut with mango salsa.

And what would Elle Fresco dining be without desserts and drinks? Recipes for pears and cognac, Key lime pie and a section of how-to's for daiquiris and a wicked rum punch round out the menu. You grill, girl!

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