Book Profiles

America’s 100 Best BBQ Restaurants

Kerlin BBQ in Austin, Texas, is the best barbecue joint in the country. Or at least that’s the conclusion Johnny Fugitt arrived at after traveling the country and eating 365 barbecue meals in 365 days, a journey he chronicled in his new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. Neither the barbecue of Aaron Franklin nor Justin Fourton swayed the needle for Fugitt as much as that of Bill Kerlin. When I spoke to Kerlin about his top-billing he…

BBQ Books: Spring 2015

The spring of 2015 looks to be bullish on barbecue books. A new one seems to show up in the mailbox every week, and I’ve finally gotten the time to thumb through them. This is by no means a complete list of the barbecue books hitting the shelf this year, but I’ll get to the rest in the future. Title: America’s Best BBQ (Revised Edition) Author: Ardie Davis and Paul Kirk Published: 2015 by Andrews McMeel…

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Aaron Franklin is giving us the keys to his barbecue kingdom. Some of his meat smoking secrets have already been leaked via his YouTube series BBQ With Franklin, and more is to come with a new PBS series of the same name, but his upcoming book puts it all out there. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto is a detailed instruction manual on how to copy the entire operation at one of the country’s most well…

Cure, Smoke, and Stuff

Title: River Cottage Handbook No. 13; Curing & Smoking Author: Steven Lamb Published: Bloomsbury Publishing; 2014 River Cottage is a Cooking school in rural southwest England that focuses on the use of local and ethically raised meat. In England, River Cottage’s chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been the host of several food related television shows and the group has published a number of focused handbooks on subjects ranging from mushrooms to booze. The latest in these…

Book Profile – Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

Title: Charcutería: The Soul of Spain Author: Jeffrey Weiss Published: Surrey Books, 2014 In recent years we’ve seen the publication of several high profile books on charcuterie and salumi. From them you can learn the finer points of curing meats in the French or Italian traditions, but recipes from Spain were hard to come by. Now, American chef Jeffery Weiss has chosen to introduce these unique recipes for Spanish cured meats – charcutería – to an American audience…

BBQ Cookbooks

To say Melissa Cookston has been successful on the barbecue competition circuit is an understatement. As she describes in the introduction of her new cookbook “I am the winningest woman in barbecue, and frankly, it’s not even close.” But, as she also points out, there isn’t a female BBQ circuit. She competes against the big boys, and beats them regularly, especially when it comes to whole hog. She has won that category at Memphis in…

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