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badgerbacker
05-25-2010, 08:43 PM
Sorry if this topic has been posted recently, I am new and I tried to search but was not successful.

What is your "go to" cookbook and why?

Thanks

Pyle's BBQ
05-25-2010, 10:00 PM
"The New Professional Chef" from CIA.

This will teach you the basics for a foundation.

BBQ Grail
05-25-2010, 10:25 PM
I know Norcoredneck recommends this one. (http://blondierocket.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/the-secret-life-of-bees.jpg)

I'm partial to "Starting With Ingredients" by Aliza Green

swibirun
05-25-2010, 11:11 PM
My favorite general "cookbook" is Joy Of Cooking because it is not just a recipe collection, it discusses techniques, recipes, and general cooking knowledge.

For BBQ, my go to is Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book". I really enjoy the knowledge he shares and the recipes. But there are so many "close seconds" I could add to that list.

Chef Jim
05-25-2010, 11:38 PM
Cooks Illustrated The New Best Recipe. It's not about BBQ but has excellent information about all things cooking that can be utilized anywhere!

El Toro
05-25-2010, 11:52 PM
"Serious BBQ" -------- it opened up a whole new world/approach to BBQ/Grilling for me.

Haltech
05-26-2010, 03:05 AM
Serious BBQ
Chris Lily BBGBBQ

Then theres about 7 more i cant name off the top of my head. The Chris Lily book is indeed a keeper as well as serious bbq.

Theres a ton of recipes and ideas you can get from them. The serious bbq will teach you technique or maybe a few things you didnt know before hand. For me, since i use a pellet smoker, a lot of the technique doesnt apply as much. Ive found it to be an excellent reference and my cooks have vastly improved over the last 90 days.

Wrench_H
05-26-2010, 10:47 AM
Gotta agree with El Toro and Haltech, Serious BBQ is an excellent book. Adam Perry Lang does things a little different than most, and I sometimes have to override somethings he says, but I'm yet to cook anything out of this book that didn't turn out great. I think he has a new book coming out soon, so I'll have to check that out as well.

Haltech
05-26-2010, 04:09 PM
Gotta agree with El Toro and Haltech, Serious BBQ is an excellent book. Adam Perry Lang does things a little different than most, and I sometimes have to override somethings he says, but I'm yet to cook anything out of this book that didn't turn out great. I think he has a new book coming out soon, so I'll have to check that out as well.

BBQ 25 is his new book, if thats what you want to call it. Its more or less an idiots guide to grilling/queing. I gave it to my wife as reference but i have no use for it.

El Toro
05-26-2010, 05:18 PM
BBQ 25 is his new book, if thats what you want to call it. Its more or less an idiots guide to grilling/queing. I gave it to my wife as reference but i have no use for it.


I agree with you partially, however I think they did a great job of incorporating visuals of the prep/techniques etc in bbq 25. In combination I think the two books work well together.

Carlos

Bacon_99
05-26-2010, 07:59 PM
"The New Professional Chef" from CIA.

This will teach you the basics for a foundation.

This rules - picked it up a couple years ago. Great for teaching the basic techniques for all cooking - it's not so much recipes as how to do stuff. Teaches you everything from basic knife skills to proper way to saute and roast, etc.... Great book..

Also like the Art of Breadmaking & Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook....

Watching an hour or so of Foodnetwork everyday will do you good to :wink:

BBQ Grail
05-26-2010, 08:01 PM
A little clarification. Did you mean "cookbook" or "BBQ Cookbook"?

PatioDaddio
05-26-2010, 11:42 PM
Pure BBQ/Grilling: Serious Barbecue (http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/2009/09/book-review-serious-barbecue.html)

Real-World Utilitarian: The Flavor Bible (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316118400/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=2573424581&ref=pd_sl_634yt5ohhx_e) and Ratio: (http://www.amazon.com/Ratio-Simple-Behind-Everyday-Cooking/dp/1416566112)The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking (http://www.amazon.com/Ratio-Simple-Behind-Everyday-Cooking/dp/1416566112)

Book Worm/Pure Reference: The New Professional Chef (http://www.amazon.com/New-Professional-Chef-TM/dp/0471286796/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274931674&sr=1-1)

John

rockyathabaska
05-27-2010, 01:50 AM
Rockin' Ronnie Shewchuck's Barbecue Secrets Deluxe.He's a North Vancouver local who's done well in competition in the USA.The third book from this Barbecue Evangelist.[lifestyle coach if you may]:wink:
Cut my teeth on his advice and recipes.
Try his cocktail recipes and his awesome playlist of must Que with tunes.
He's the real deal!

Rockyathabaska