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The Barbecue Bible By Steven Raichlen, one of GAYOT's Top Cookbooks

The Barbecue! Bible
By Steven Raichlen
(Workman, 1998)

Not only the biggest book on its topic, this single-ingredient work is widely considered the very best book available on the great American pastime. The first edition won an IACP cookbook award, and while you would think it couldn't get any better than that, the tenth anniversary edition sought to improve on the original with the addition of full-color photography throughout. The Barbecue! Bible's 500+ recipes include appetizers, main courses and even grilled desserts. Rather than delivering the expected burgers and ribs, Steven Raichlen's oeuvre covers everything from grilling bread and salads to rice and beans cooked on the barbecue. A "crash course" on grilling and barbecuing is thorough enough to make even the most novice user feel at ease. There are also recipes for sauces and rubs for those looking to progress beyond the basics, like classic bbq sauce and piri piri, toasted Indian spice rubs and Bourbon butter.

 

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