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Oct 25, 2006 03:43 AM

grilling cook book

My parents just got me a wonderful gift -- a five-burner gas grill, including a side burner. I've done a little bit of charcoal grilling and I'm a pretty good cook generally, but I'd love a grilling cookbook or two to give me some basic tips and inspiration. I know that the Chris Schlesinger books really focus on charcoal, so maybe a few other ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Weber puts out a couple of good ones. I got one at Lowe's.

    This one is considered a standard by a lot of people, but you should be aware that it has a lot of world-wide recipes.
    The Barbecue! Bible (Hardcover
    )by Steven Raichlen

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    1. re: yayadave

      My favourite is Steven Raichlen's The Barbecue Bible. Everything I've made from it has turned out great.

      Particularly memorable are the now-ubiquitous Beer Can Chicken, and the Turkey Pastrami, which has the flavour and texture of pastrami without the fat and nitrites.

      The most memorable, however, is the 5-hour brisket. Friends of mine who I served it to as far back as 5 years ago are still talking (and salivating) about it.

    2. I love The Barbecue Bible too, but I'm more inclined to recommend starting with Raichlen's "How to Grill". It has tons of color photos, of techniques as much as the finished dishes.

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      1. re: btnfood

        I have both of these cookbooks and would recommend the "How to Grill" for a novice griller, but I truly think the "Barbecue Bible" is one of the best cookbooks I've ever owned. I love the variety of recipes and would recommend it over "How to Grill" for someone who knows his/her way around the grill a bit. Both are great!

        1. re: Terrie H.

          From all of the great replies I've gotten (thanks everyone!) I took a look on amazon and ended up following your advice -- I ordered both of Raichlen's books and can't wait to start grilling!

          1. re: djdebs

            I am sure you will love them!

            My favorites from the Barbeque Bible:

            ~Bademiya's Justly Famous Chile-Coriander Chicken
            ~The Kalbi Kui Korean Grilled Short Ribs recipe is good, but the instructions on how to 'butterfly" short ribs is even more valuable
            ~Cuban Christmas Eve "Pig" is incredible -- I almost always use pork shoulder instead of leg because it is cheap, but it is great on pork loin, too
            ~His version of Yassa Chicken with Lemon Mustard Sauce is delicious
            ~Chorizo Grilled Mushrooms are one of the most popular appetizers I've ever done
            ~Bahamian-Style Whole Grilled Snapper is my 'go to" basic method for grilling whole fish.

            That should keep you busy for a while.....

            1. re: Terrie H.

              To pile on: Raichlen's books are great, esp for a rank beginner. I also recommend his "Beer Can Chicken" book. The recipes are good, but he includes a very detailed methodology for beer can chicken. If you follow his tips/technique, it becomes a near fool-proof item.

      2. I bought "The Cook's Illustrated Guide To Grilling And Barbecue: A Practical Guide for the Outdoor Cook" for a friend with a new grill last year, and he loves it. I love everything he cooks on it! Great illustrations for techniques, tons of recipes and variations on recipes. It goes through grilling pretty much everything, and in typical Cook's Illustrated fashion, it tells you why you should do each step of a recipes (or which ones you can skip for time).

        Happy Grilling!

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        1. re: jenga

          I second this cook book. Very informative.

          1. Schlesinger's "Thrill of the Grill" has FANTASTIC recipes. Been using for a couple of years. DW makes stuff out of it as well. What a THRILL for me when I sometimes get home from work and one of Schlesinger's recipes is crankin' away. :-)))