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Grilling Cookbooks 2010

How do I console myself when I’m going through my spring grilling fever, but it just won’t stop raining?  I start eyeing some new grilling cookbooks.

Gardeners love seed catalog season; I love grilling cookbook season. Grilling cookbooks get released in a group in early May, so I start watching Amazon’s Outdoor Cooking category in March to see what’s coming.  There are three cookbooks I am excited about this year; I have them all on pre-order already.
*Yes, I have a cookbook problem.  I try to work with the “one in, one out” rule, but…I got rid of all the easy choices.  Oh, well, I’ll worry about that in early May, when these books arrive.

Stephen Raichlen: Planet Barbecue

Stephen is amazing – he scours the globe for grilling recipes, from the classics that you must know to the recipes that can only be found way off the beaten path.  I can’t wait for his newest book, Planet Barbecue, to see what he’s found for us this year.
*Workman publishing releases Stephen’s big books in hardback editions, which I always make sure to buy.  Stephen is one of my go-to resources when I’m looking for information about a grilling recipe, and his Barbecue Bible, How to Grill, and Barbecue USA are three of my most used cookbooks.  If I didn’t have them in their hardback editions, they would be falling apart.
**Oh no! I just found out that this will be Stephen’s last barbecue book for a while.  He “feels that he has covered the subject in depth.”  While I agree that he’s covered it in great depth…don’t go!  We still need you!

Adam Perry Lang: BBQ 25

Adam wrote my favorite grilling cookbook from last year, Serious Barbecue.  In it, he explained the tricks he used on the competition barbecue circuit to finesse the last bit of flavor out of his recipes.  BBQ 25 is the opposite; it’s his simplified version of the 25 recipes every back yard griller needs to know.  I always recommend Stephen Raichlen’s How To Grill when I’m asked for a good introduction to grilling cookbook.  I want to see what Adam Perry Lang can do in the same territory, and see if he can give Raichlen’s book a run for the money.

Robb Walsh: The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook

Robb Walsh is another of my long time favorite cookbook authors; his Tex-Mex Cookbook and Legends of Texas Barbecue are two of my favorites.  Instead of scouring the globe for his recipes, Robb focuses on Texas.  From smokehouses in Elgin, to taco trucks in San Antonio, Robb searches high and low to track down the various foods of his adopted home state.  I’m excited to see what he came up with by focusing on back yard grilling.

What do you think?  Did I miss any cookbooks you are looking forward to?  Any other old favorite grilling cookbooks you’d like to tell us about?  Phone numbers for the Cookbook Addicts hotline? Leave your thoughts in the comments, below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. @AYOTG:

    Yes, I’m a cookbook addict. I read cookbooks as my “before bedtime” reading most nights of the week.

    I have to admit that I tend to skim the recipe details, unless there’s a recipe or technique that really catches my eye. Part of why I’m looking forward to these three is they’re very innovative, and they’ve given me goo ideas in the past. And, Robb Walsh in particular does a great job of weaving stories throughout his cookbooks. They read more like novels than collections of recipes.

  2. Anonymous says

    I have cooked dinner every night for the past 25 years. I have so many cookbooks you would not believe it. Here is my rational – dinner out for a family of five is always more than the cost of a cookbook. If I find one recipe I like, it is worth buying the cookbook. It is still cheaper than eating out!

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