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Suggestions for a Grilling Cookbook?

juliejulez May 13, 2013 08:26 AM

I'm interested in learning more about grilling and am looking for recommendations on a cookbook for that. I know the basics... ie how to put a seasoned slab of meat on there and cook it so it's not overcooked and done right, and the basics on grilling a few veggies, but other than that I'm not really an aficionado. I'm looking for a book that has creative ideas to use the grill, meal ideas that can all be done on the grill, and perhaps different marinades/seasonings/sauces too. I currently only have a gas grill, so books that focus more on charcoal BBQ aren't quite what I'm looking for. Helpful websites/blog ideas are welcome too.

So my fine CHers, any suggestions?

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    VitalForce RE: juliejulez May 13, 2013 08:44 AM

    I've found Andrew Schloss' and David Joachim's "Mastering the Grill" to be an excellent book.

    1. grampart RE: juliejulez May 13, 2013 08:45 AM

      I also have a gas grill and a gasser smoker. These 2 books are the most used of all my bbq books The Paul Kirk book has plenty of info, especially about marinades/seasonings/sauces, as well as general grill cooking that may not be geared towards gas powered, but works for me. The CI book provides recipes and techniques and gives directions for both gas and charcoal grills for the same recipe. If you buy only one, this is the one to get.

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        grampart RE: grampart May 13, 2013 08:46 AM

        The other pic.

      2. geekmom RE: juliejulez May 13, 2013 08:53 AM

        I've been enjoying this book which I picked up last year: My Grill: Outdoor Cooking, Australian Style http://www.amazon.com/My-Grill-Outdoo...

        I love the photography in this book - especially the pics of Mr Evans, who looks like a real bloke's bloke, out in the Australian wilderness fishing and cooking over an open fire with his mates, as well as the actual recipes. LOL

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          juliejulez RE: geekmom May 13, 2013 08:57 AM

          Ooo geekmom he's hot!! I love me a bloke's bloke. I'd buy it just to look at the pictures... SO would just think I was looking at another cookbook :)

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            geekmom RE: juliejulez May 13, 2013 09:02 AM

            And what a bargain price you can get those pictures for right now! ;-)

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              juliejulez RE: geekmom May 25, 2013 08:01 AM

              It arrived yesterday :) It's actually a very beautiful book, man pictures aside. The food pictures are great. I haven't had a chance to go through it and bookmark but I flipped through it for a few minutes and the recipes I glanced at look GREAT and right up my alley...interesting enough for me, but not so interesting that the SO won't want to eat them! Thanks for the recommendation!!

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                geekmom RE: juliejulez May 25, 2013 06:19 PM

                Cool! I'll be interested to hear what you like from it. I've been pretty happy with the results so far.

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          amini1 RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 06:05 AM

          How to Grill by Steven Raichlen is outstanding. Has great pictures to show each step of prep.


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            grampart RE: amini1 May 14, 2013 07:18 AM

            +1 on Raichlen's book. I also forgot about "Smoke & Spice" by the Jamison's. Another classic!

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              Terrie H. RE: amini1 May 14, 2013 09:57 AM

              Steven Raichlen's "Barbecue Bible" is probably my most tattered and often used cookbook in my collection. There is a great range of cultures and cuisines, and detailed grilling instructions.

              Check out his websites to see if you like what he has to offer -- lots of his recipes are online.

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                Terrie H. RE: Terrie H. May 14, 2013 04:47 PM

                To be clear, I am not recommending "How to Grill" -- I am suggesting "Barbecue Bible." If you are an absolute beginner, "How to Grill" is a good place to start, but "Barbecue Bible" has so many more recipes and cooking tips.

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                  pagesinthesun RE: Terrie H. May 15, 2013 11:54 AM

                  +1 for Barbecue Bible. Everyone in my family has a copy, my father has even been gifted a replacement for his first copy because it was tattered. I've barbecued and eaten many of the recipes from this book.

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                    ARenko RE: Terrie H. May 24, 2013 07:16 AM

                    Agree on BBQ Bible. Many great dishes in that book and probably my most used cookbook.

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                      sharonj RE: Terrie H. May 24, 2013 03:01 PM

                      Would you recommend the Barbecue Bible to someone who already has Planet Barbecue?

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                        Terrie H. RE: sharonj May 24, 2013 04:40 PM

                        I'm afraid I haven't seen Planet Barbecue, so I personally don't know. A comparison of the indices on Amazon might give you an idea of how much overlap there might be.

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                          ARenko RE: sharonj May 25, 2013 01:19 AM

                          If you want more great recipes - yes. I've had Planet Barbecue for several years and I still haven't cooked anything out of it. I've dog-eared plenty of pages, but still return to BBQ Bible all the time. I have to change that.

                          PB is more varied than BB, but I think they're similar. Here's how Raichlen describes the difference...

                          Question: What is the difference from your first big BBQ book, Barbecue Bible and Planet BBQ?

                          Steven Raichlen: In a nutshell, it offers more breadth and depth. Planet Barbecue is the summation of my 15 years in barbecue. Planet Barbecue has more countries (53 versus 25), more people and restaurants, more photos (650)—the first Bible had none. It also contains travel and field photos, technique shots and beauty shots.

                          But the most important difference is the book's first 18 pages—the essays on the History of Barbecue and Grilling with a Conscience. It’s all my interests—history, anthropology, literature, geography, travel, culture, and of course cooking and grilling—all rolled into one.


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                            sharonj RE: ARenko May 25, 2013 02:25 PM

                            Thanks! It's actually reasonably priced on Amazon Kindle so I'm going to add it in that format.

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                              Terrie H. RE: ARenko May 26, 2013 04:54 AM

                              Sounds like I'm going to have to invest in Planet Barbecue!

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                          nofunlatte RE: amini1 May 14, 2013 10:22 AM

                          +2 on Raichlen's How to Grill--I used it when I was learning to grill and it covers all your meats, your vegetables, even some desserts. Nice section on different grills and accessories.

                          And if you ever decide to get a smoker and go low-n-slow, I'll echo grampart's suggestion of Smoke and Spice. It's not a grilling cookbook, though--its focus is BBQ (and, IIRC, it's geared toward charcoal).

                        3. Gio RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 07:16 AM

                          There are two threads about grilling in the archives, Julie. Here's one that has reports of cooking from different grilling books:

                          Here's the COTM thread for Planet Barbecue by Steven Raichlen:
                          That thread has additional reports for Raising the Salad Bar, which was the co-COTM that month.

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                            sedimental RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 07:39 AM

                            I add my endorsement of any book Raichlen.
                            In the mean time..you might enjoy exploring great advice and recipes from these guys:


                            1. C. Hamster RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 07:43 AM

                              All of Steven Reichlin's grilling books are rgeat. All of his other books are great, too

                              1. Breadcrumbs RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 05:39 PM

                                julie this isn't a technique book but definitely a grilling book worth mentioning if you're a fan of Italian food.

                                ITALIAN GRILL by Mario Batali

                                According to EYB I have 37 Grilling books and this is by far and away my most used and loved. I got to know it very well during the summer of 2011 when it was a COTM. Here's a link to those threads in case they are of interest:


                                1. juliejulez RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 08:46 PM

                                  Thanks everyone! I think I'm going to go with Barbecue Bible and My Grill: Outdoor Cooking Australian Style. Barbecue Bible because it sounds like it will be very useful, and the Australian one for the Man-Candy Pictures, heh. But no really, we have some camping trips planned for this summer so I'm hoping that one will have some interesting ideas for camping food. It's only 87 cents :)

                                  I've saved all the others on my wishlist though, and someday I'll get to all of them.

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                                    HillJ RE: juliejulez May 15, 2013 05:47 PM

                                    I'll give props to the Weber people and their online recipe collection. Who better?

                                    http://www.weber.com/recipes and if you need more just sign up for their newsletter and you'll have grilling recipes every month!

                                    1. Ruthie789 RE: juliejulez May 16, 2013 03:48 AM

                                      I just read about Ted Reader in the Montreal Gazette. He is well known for his grill talents and used to do some features on Canadian television. Link below:

                                      1. juliejulez RE: juliejulez May 23, 2013 08:26 PM

                                        The Barbecue Bible arrived today. Good lord it's a HUGE book! I guess I didn't read the description closely :) But, I'm looking forward to diving into it and learning some new fun things to do with my grill, thanks to all who suggested it.

                                        Still waiting on the hot man cookbook.

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                                          Terrie H. RE: juliejulez May 24, 2013 04:35 AM

                                          Enjoy your book, Julie. If you are looking for some ideas to start off with, some of my favorite recipes from Barbecue Bible: Korean Grilled Short Ribs (kalbi), Cuban Christmas Eve Pig (I use a small piece of shoulder), Bademiya's Justly Famous Chile-Coriander Chicken, Turkey Breast Pastrami, and Chorizo Grilled Mushrooms.

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                                            juliejulez RE: Terrie H. May 24, 2013 09:39 AM

                                            Great, thank you! It is a bit daunting to find recipes so getting a short list is very helpful :)

                                        2. MsMaryMc RE: juliejulez May 23, 2013 10:52 PM

                                          I have a few, but the one I like best is Weber's Big Book of Grilling http://www.amazon.com/Webers-Book-Gri... . I've gotten more recipes out of it that are in my regular rotation than almost any cookbook I own.

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                                            Shann RE: juliejulez May 24, 2013 04:39 AM

                                            Cook's Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbeque is my standard "how to" guide. The recipes also tell you how to cook if using charcoal, and how to cook if using gas, which is very helpful.

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