Cookbooks are great! Great cookbooks are even better.
I have been known to read them cover-to-cover like a great novel consuming as much information as possible along the way. I have found that it’s not uncommon to borrow from one to add to another’s recipe. Sure, they are go-to resources when I’m looking to do something simple without much thought and following them step-by-step is always a good move, but I also enjoy using them as inspiration, mixing out different ingredients based on what I have on-hand at the time or how I’m feeling about the meal at hand.
Below is a list of books on my shelf – ones I go to time and again. Feel free to click through and you’ll be able to get all the info about them on Amazon.
- The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen
- The Barbecue! Bible – Sauces, Rubs and Marinades by Steven Raichlen
- Project Smoke by Steven Raichlen
- Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin
- The Cooks Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbecue
All Around Cook Books
- The Cooks Illustrated Cookbook
- The Science of Good Cooking from Cooks Illustrated
- The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
- The Betty Crocker Cookbook
- The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook