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Books with more than recipes?

illini40

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Any good book recommendations that are more than just a cook book with recipes?

I'm interested in techniques, equipment, knowledge, etc. - more so than just recipes.

For reference, I read Meathead, by Meathead Goldwyn, and I really enjoyed it.
 

genek

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Not smoking related but a good one on cooking:

The food lab
J. Kenji Lopez-alt

He has a degree from MIT and is science oriented.

GeneK
 

RiversideSm0ker

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I got a lot of great information from the Barbecue Bible from Steven Raichland. He talks about a bunch of global techniques of grilling and barbecue. Discussed lots of spices and how to do things like making your own smoked salt. I found it to be very entertaining and informative at the same time.

George
 

Danno44

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I’m 1/2 way through Aaron Franklin’s Meat Smoking Manifesto. I find it a good read so far and gets into plenty of detail from woods to smoker set up. As well as how he started.
 

illini40

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I got a lot of great information from the Barbecue Bible from Steven Raichland. He talks about a bunch of global techniques of grilling and barbecue. Discussed lots of spices and how to do things like making your own smoked salt. I found it to be very entertaining and informative at the same time.

George
Thanks for the reminder. I think I have this book (borrowed), and I never really dug into it. I'll check it out.

I’m 1/2 way through Aaron Franklin’s Meat Smoking Manifesto. I find it a good read so far and gets into plenty of detail from woods to smoker set up. As well as how he started.
Awesome - thanks for the recommendation. I forgot about his book.
 

illini40

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Just an update to this thread.

As mentioned initially, Meathead was a great read. I'm planning on going back and rereading.

I read Aaron Franklin's book. It was great. I really enjoyed all of the history, background, and techniques - more so than just a pure recipe book.

I did also read Jeff's book. It was very good. It was more recipe driven, I felt. But a very good add to the collection. And the recipes seem to be a condensed collection of some classics.

Are there any other new book recommendations out there?
 

HowlingDog

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I think I have learned the most doing internet searches on topics, How To..., looking at YouTube and reading all the posts on forums like this. Someone on a forum has tried, failed, tried again, succeeded and shares their experience with others. From this, I cut/pasted many responses, comments, suggestions and advice into "step by step" for a couple kinds of cooks, hot smoke bacon and burnt ends being the ones I am working on now.

I find that asking a question will get you 5 - 10 - 15 responses and many different ways to approach something, not just the way the author does things... May not work for everyone, but it works for me. Plus it saves me some money to buy more charcoal or a a new gadget and I get to interact with nice folks like you'all....:emoji_sunglasses:
 

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