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Cookbook of the day – How To Grill

How To Grill

How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques

by Steven Raichlen


  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; illustrated edition edition (May 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0761120149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761120148

    Perhaps you’ve seen Steven Raichlen on his show Primal Grill. If you liked it, you’ll love this book. Lavishly photographed, with step-by-step photographs, you’ll learn by watching, almost as if he were over your shoulder. You’ll learn how to barbeque a whole pig, how to build different types of fires, how to judge the temperature of the grill using the hand technique (no, you don’t rest your hand on the grill!).  He covers pulled pork (one of my specialties), and does a reasonable job of covering the world’s different grilling techniques, from jerk to churrasco to yakitori. Even experienced grillmeisters can benefit from this colorful book. This isn’t an “artsy” book – the photographs are instructional in nature, not evocative, although there are some shots of grilled meats and veggies that are likely to get your pulse racing.

    It seems appropriate on July 1st to recommend that everyone pick up this book before their 4th of July festivities. You might find something “out-of-the-box” with which to dazzle your guests.


    My most beautiful cooking tool

    41NHgZTQ7RLThis is a stock photo of my Kitchenaid Professional 600 stand mixer in nickel pearl. A marvelous chunk of modern/retro design. Looks like it could have been chiseled out of a single block of nickel.

    I truly love this mixer. I do a lot of baking and the 6 qt. capacity and heavy duty motor gives me all of the dough mixing capability that I’ll ever “kneed” (sorry, couldn’t resist). When I’m asked to recommend a stand mixer, I always go with Kitchenaid, and if the questioner mentions baking bread, I always recommend the “6” series (the 6 indicates 6 quarts, the model line you need to safely make heavy bread doughs). There are many Kitchenaid mixers that have been handed down from grandmother to mother to daughter and still work perfectly well. Of course, this was in the days when it was made by the Hobart Co. and there are serious doubts as to the longevity of the current manufacture of the mixers, but mine has operated flawlessly and I continue to recommend the entire line. Before this one, I had a modest white 5 qt. model that I got around ’91 at  discount at J.C. Penny (I think I paid $89 brand new). I used it for almost15 years before consigning it to an ex’s kitchen and getting this one 3 years ago.

    The only thing that might make it mre beautiful is if I had the $300 to add *this* to my rig:


    I’m sorry, but until I win the lottery, I’ll be hand-whipping my egg whites in my handheld copper bowl ($20) with a whisk (copper has a chemical reaction with egg whites that dramatically increases the volume of whipped egg whites). I can whip up a nice meringue in less than 10 minutes by hand. However, for those who have the budget, these various copper bowls are definitely worthy and, by all accounts are extremely well-crafted: