The postman knocked on my door the other day and handed me a package from Amazon.com. Wierd, I didn’t order anything, but it had my name on it, so I opened. Inside were two books I had been wanting to get. The Barbecue Bible and Barbecue Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades. Once I saw the books, I knew exactly how they got to my doorstep. My girlfriend ordered them for our anniversary which is coming up in a few weeks. I think I had only mentioned once or twice that I wanted The Barbecue Bible, so it actually surprised me a little bit that she remembered.
Whenever we go to a bookstore or Williams-Sonoma, I’ll usually pick up the newest Bobby Flay cookbook. She’s always gets on me to buy one, but buying a cookbook from a Food Network chef is stupid. All the recipes are already on-line at FoodNetwork.com. There’s no way I’m going to lay down $35 for something I can get for free. I’ll just browse through the books i the store and find something I like then go home and print it out.
The Barbecue Bible is different. Here’s a book of over 500 recipes put together by Steven Raichlen. I love Raichlen show BBQ U which airs on PBS stations around the country. I finally found a local airing her in Lansing on WKAR Create (Ch. 18 on Comcast cable) at 8:30 AM (it alternates days with Raichlen’s other show Primal Grill which I don’t think is as good). The recipes are broken down by section starting with Warm-ups, then going to salads, breads, beef, pork, lamb, burgers and sausages, poultry, fish, shell fish, vegetarian, vegetables, rice and beans, side dishes, sauces, rubs, and desserts.
The interesting thing about this book is it’s a BBQ culinary tour of the world. The recipes span the continents and are not as simple as throwing a rub on a rack of ribs and throwing them on the grill. There’s a lot of asian and indian flavors on everything. There’s also a lot of interesting ideas for grilled bread and veggies. Read the rest of this entry »