Planet Barbecue will take America’s passionate, obsessive, smoke-crazed live-fire cooks to the next level. The most ambitious undertaking yet by Steven Raichlen, the book is an unprecedented marriage of food and culture. Raichlen, America’s best-selling, award-winning grill expert (there are more than 4 million copies of his Barbecue! Bible books in print) visited 60 countries for this work, collecting 309 of the tastiest, most tantalizing, easy-to-make, and guaranteed-to-wow recipes from every corner of the globe.
Here, for example, is how the world does pork: In the Puerto Rican countryside, cooks make Lechon Asado — they stud a pork shoulder with garlic and oregano, baste it with annatto oil, and spit-roast it. From the Rhine-Palatinate region of Germany comes Spiessbraten, thick pork steaks seasoned with nutmeg and grilled over a low, smoky fire. From Seoul, South Korea, Sam Gyeop Sal—grilled sliced pork belly. From Montevideo, Uruguay, Bandiola—butterflied pork loin stuffed with ham, cheese, bacon, and peppers. From Cape Town, South Africa, Sosaties—pork kebabs with dried apricots and curry. And so it goes for beef, fish, vegetables, shellfish— Raichlen says, "Everything tastes better grilled."
In addition to the recipes, the book features full-color photographs throughout, and it showcases inventive ways to use the grill: Australia's Lamb on a Shovel, Bogota's Lomo al Trapo (Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth), and from the Charentes region of France, Éclade de Moules—Mussels Grilled on Pine Needles. Do try this at home. What a planet—what a book.