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    For me, Amazing Ribs was life changing because it taught me how to BBQ and smoke, explained everything so clearly, and showed what tools were needed. I am forever grateful for that as the education has been so valuable and enjoyable. Similarly, I enjoyed Franklin’s BBQ book because it was also a teaching book about his process.

    Does anyone have other recommendations for books that teach certain BBQ or smoking skills or techniques for food?
    Last edited by zero_credit; June 1, 2020, 05:31 PM.

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    I found “The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook” helpful.

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    • zero_credit
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      Applicable to grills other than Kamado?

    • LA Pork Butt
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      zero_credit I suppose some of the ideas and practices could be translated to other cookers, but it really is oriented to Kamado. What I like about it is that each chapter is a technique, a recipe and some suggestions to improvise.

    #3
    Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages.

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    • zero_credit
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      Awesome recommendation! Thank you!

    #4
    Not BBQ related but... Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31683548-taste-technique?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=edM8tntN3n&ran k=1
    Last edited by rickgregory; June 1, 2020, 07:51 PM.

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      #5
      I appreciate readers. People that can sit down and read a whole book, novel or whatever. I am not a reader. I learn by watching. I have never read a whole book in my life. I buy them hoping I can do it, but never can. I am more of a short story, short attention span kinda feller. But I love a good recipe book!

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      • zero_credit
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        I have never heard of this one. What kind of recipes/tips did it have?

      • LA Pork Butt
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        zero_credit it is really not a grilling book, but a Cajun cookbook.

      • klflowers
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        I read all the time. Mostly junk fiction. And cookbooks.

      #6
      Well, The Food Lab is pretty much required reading I'd say. That's probably my most used cookbook.

      On Food and Cooking is pretty much the book about how food works. It's not a cookbook though.

      The Joy of Cooking Lots of good stuff in there.

      Mastering the Art of French Cooking Classic.

      That ought to keep you occupied for a spell.

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      • RonB
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        I agree that The Food Lad is a winner.

      • zero_credit
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        I am adding the Food Lab to my wish list for sure

      • Oak Smoke
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        The joy of cooking was a game changer for me. I've had mine for over 30 years. It is so good at describing not only what to do, but how to as well. Mine is one of the old ones that shows how to skin a squirrel on page 515.

      #7
      Steven Raichlen's Barbecue Bible is a must have. https://barbecuebible.com/book/the-b...rsary-edition/

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      • Mr. Bones
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        Raichlen is Awesome Mc. Possum. Have multiple of his books.

      • zero_credit
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        I should have bet y'all on how long it would take for one of Steven's books to show up.

      #8
      I enjoy America's Test Kitchen (TV show/book) and its cousin Cook's Illustrated. They both have a 'we tried it a thousand ways and we feel this is best way and here's why' approach, like AR. They also test the snot out of gear to find the best products. Also honorable mention to Christopher Kimball's Milk Street.

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      • Mr. Bones
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        Yeah, I have a Great Respect, an Admiration fer what they do, an a Membership, as well, Brother...
        Nuff Said.

      • mgaretz
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        Except, ATK and CI have recycled their recipes so many times in so many different forms it's ridiculous - all simply to pump out more content. And each variation, some small, some wildly different, all claiming to be the best. I gave up after the first two volumes of the CI big cookbooks.

      • zero_credit
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        A man after my own heart. I do like Cook's Illustrated and ATK a lot as well, and for exactly the reasons you describe, which I think matches up well with AR's approach. I used CI's steak recipe for searing on the oven with cast iron for many years. Any books that really speak to you in terms of BBQ?

      #9
      Any book from
      Steven Raichlen is a must. I just picked up Project Fire and Planet Barbecue, great recipes and techniques in each.

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        #10
        I’d also recommend Raichlen, particularly How to Grill. America’s Test Kitchen has many books that teach the arts of cooking, grilling, and smoking. And of course, Meathead’s book has been a great source for me to understand the why’s of my cooking oddessy.

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        • Potkettleblack
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          Seconding How to Grill... no shade to Meathead, but might be the best how to book there is. (might be Meathead...)

        • VideoWolf88
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          I think Raichlen may be more accessible and easier to understand for novices who are just starting to find their way around the fire. Meathead is the best for understanding why certain things are done and the science behind the cooking.

        #11
        The Tartine Bread book. I am also a huge fan of Jacques Pépin - "Techniques". I have it in hard cover and Kindle edition.

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          #12
          Alla th above is Excellent recommends...

          Gotta Cowboy up, here, an say that KCR's books ain't no slouch, neither.
          Fact of th matter is, th Man can flat-arse put down some good food...
          Jus Sayin...

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            #13
            Well, I’m a reader more than anything. Don’t even listen to audio books. I do read plenty of e-books though.

            im gonna recommend a real oldie, but it’s a timeless classic: Julia Child - Mastering the art of French cooking. Not many pictures, but if you can appreciate that there’s 20+ pages on the Hollandaise family of sauces then this is for you. Personally I love the depth and details.

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            • MBMorgan
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              +1 ... agreed!

            #14
            There's always Meathead's book--a true must-have.

            Kathryn

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            #15
            I went back to AR and found this helpful link too: https://amazingribs.com/ratings-revi...-and-magazines .

            Has anyone read or would recommend Charred & Scruffed by Adam Perry Lang?

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            • N227GB
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              I have a copy. His board sauce idea for steaks is incredible.

            • Potkettleblack
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              I have it, and would recommend it. The seasoned salts and the board sauces are both great ideas.

            • zero_credit
              zero_credit commented
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              Cool! I like the ideas as they are so different than the traditional tips, so I ordered this one!

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