by Steven Raichlen

Workman Publishing, $22.95, 556 pages

:If you are a serious barbecuer and want a mildly challenging barbecuing cookbook then The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen is for you. This is the 10th Anniversary edition of this wildly popular book. It is definitely the go-to book on barbecuing, giving a history of barbecuing, what wood to use for the best flavor, rubs, sauces, side dishes, salads and, of course, meat preparation. An unrelenting amount of unique spices and ethnic concoctions makes this cookbook tempting to explore new recipes and to enhance the age-old, tried and true ones we all have come to love. Paperback binding allows for ease in preparation, not having to worry about losing your place because the book closes up. The pages are packed with recipes with very little sauce dripping-room in the margins or in between each one of the delectable recipes. No barbecue is complete without yummy, thirst quenching libations so of course, these are included as well. The Barbecue! Bible should be automatically included with every outdoor barbecue sold!

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,