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Books:

For a while I was listing all my cooks against each book on one page but it got too big so I have created this new “Books” page and split out each book into it’s own page.

Folk sometimes ask me what books to buy either when they are getting started or when they are after inspiration or new recipes. I like cook books, I have loads of them and have to hold myself back from buying more. I realised I might have a cookbook purchase problem when I had to start hiding them from my wife! I am catching up now and reading all of them before I buy more but below is a list of all the books I have used for my cooks since the blog started.

Here is my bookcase with all my cookbooks as of July 2018:

Bookcase

By the way, if anyone has a recipe from any of the books below they recommend or a BBQ book they think I should buy please let me know!


BBQ Books – In Alphabetical order and listing the cooks from the books – click the link to go to the page for each book:

Adam Perry Lang – Serious BBQ:

A classically French-trained chef who took that background into all things BBQ to become one of the best known and most experienced BBQ experts. Owner of the famous Daisy May’s BBQ restaurant and a successful BBQ competition chef this book has some serious pedigree. Very detailed book with lots of hints and tips but also some quite different cooks to the usual BBQ book and some MASSIVE cuts of meat also!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Adam Perry Lang

Ben Tish – Grill, Smoke, BBQ: 

What I really like about Ben’s book is that it’s not like most of the other BBQ books you get which mainly focus on American style bbq dishes. This book has a wide range of recipes influenced by Ben’s time in Spain and Italy. If you like cooking and want to try some different dishes on the BBQ I highly recommend this one.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Ben Tish

Price: £25.00

Berber & Q – Josh Katz: 

Every once in a while you find a cookbook that is full of recipes you want to cook and each dish you cook blows you away. This is that book!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Berber & Q

Price: £15.95
Was: £25.00

Breddos Tacos – The Cookbook: 

Not strictly a bbq book but it has awesome taco recipes that you can cook on the smoker, some of my favourite cooks recently have come from this book!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Breddos

Price: £9.87
Was: £15.00

Dan Toombs – The Curry Guy Easy: 

I am a massive fan of Dan “The Curry Guy” and have cooked a number of his recipes from his blog and his first book over the years. His second book made it a bit easier to reproduce British curry house style dishes at home and it’s a great book.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

curry guy

Price: £4.99
Was: £12.99

DJ BBQ – Fire Food: 

This is the 2nd book by DJ BBQ and it’s bursting with great recipes ranging from traditional BBQ dishes (but with a twist) through veg recipes, fish, breakfast and dessert. Such a great range and the dishes taste awesome.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

DJ BBQ

DJ BBQ – The BBQ Book: 

DJ BBQ is a great guy, very charismatic and very passionate about BBQ which is reflected in his book. There are some great recipes in the book and they are all simple to follow but result in some awesome dishes.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

DJ BBQ

Food from the Fire – Niklas Ekstedt: 

This is a really cool book about cooking over live fire. Lots of new and different techniques covered in the book and the photography is awesome.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Niklas Ekstedt

Franklin Barbecue – A meat smoking manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay: 

Franklin Barbecue is widely regarded as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the world with people regularly queuing outside 6 hours before opening time. The restaurant has sold out of brisket every day since opening! I haven’t been (yet) but having spoken to people who have been they say it really is some of the best bbq they have eaten.

There aren’t many recipes in the book but it contains a lot of information about all things bbq related and is a fascinating book.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Franklin

Goat – Cooking and Eating by James Whetlor:

Goat meat is such an incredible ingredient, very tasty and the meat from Cabrito Goat is ultra high quality. What better way to find a great recipe to cook the goat than from the UK’s leading goat expert, former chef and owner of Cabrito Goat – James Whetlor. I have been cooking from this a fair bit recently and it’s a wonderful book with a vast array of different recipes in.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Goat

Price: £12.98
Was: £20.00

Grillstock – The BBQ Book by Jon Finch and Ben Merrington: 

Grillstock festival is what sparked my interest in barbecue and led to me buying my Weber gear. This book was one of the first ones I bought and it has some great recipes inside. They are all fairly easy to follow, the sauces and rubs are simple to make but taste great. Still quite a lot for me to cook from this book. 

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Grillstock

Price: £8.87
Was: £20.00

Hangfire Cookbook – Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn: 

This book is one of my favourites, so many awesome recipes in here I highly recommend you buy it. The book covers the full spectrum from snacks to mains, to sides to desserts and each recipe is simple to follow but gives amazing results. I have cooked a lot of my dishes from this book so far and there is still loads in there to do, it’s well worth a purchase and the Hang Fire ladies are really nice too.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Hangfire

Hardcore Carnivore by Jess Pryles: 

Some great recipes in this book, quite different cooks to other books. Just working my way through it. 

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Jess Pryles

Korean BBQ – Bill Kim: 

I love Korean food and this is the best Korean cookbook I have in my collection. The dishes have all been fantastic so far and the book itself is bursting with information. 

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Korean BBQ

Price: £14.06
Was: £22.50

Michael Symon’s – Playing with Fire: 

Michael Symon is a celebrity TV chef and has appeared on Iron Chef America, The Chew, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and other shows. He owns a number of restaurants including the famous Mabel’s BBQ. Maybe not as well known in the UK as in the USA but his book has some fantastic recipes in. The dishes I have cooked from the book so far are some of my favourite cooks to date.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Michael Symon

Pitt Cue the Cookbook: Pitt Cue were one of the original street food pioneers in the UK and regularly had massive queues of people wanting to get hold of their food. They opened a small place in Soho which also had massive queues! I was lucky enough to eat there years ago and the food was fantastic. The new place in Devonshire Square is a bit more polished and a different type of food but it’s still top class. The book is based on the original street food and Soho restaurant with great recipes but a lot of information on bbq, meat and cooking as well. 

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Pitt Cue

Pitmaster Recipes, Techniques and Barbecue Wisdom by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart:

Andy and Chris are part of the IQUE BBQ team which is one of the most successful KCBS teams in the US. They also co-own Tremont 647 restaurant in Boston. I saw the cover of the book on Amazon and that alone sold the book to me! What is clear from the recipes is that it’s not your standard BBQ book, the recipes are quite different but also polished (look at the picture below, top right).

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Pitmaster

Reds True Barbecue – Let there be Meat:

Another of the first BBQ books I bought. There is a good range of recipes in here covering all the classic US BBQ dishes. The pulled pork recipe is one of my favourite cooks that has been repeated a number of times now.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Reds True BBQ

Rich Harris – Fire and Smoke:

Rich’s book is fantastic as it demonstrates the wide variety of dishes you can cook over live fire. Whilst it is a BBQ book the dishes are very different to what you normally find in a BBQ book. Highly recommend this book as I have enjoyed some cracking dishes from it.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Rich Harris

Steven Raichlen – Planet Barbecue:

I love cooking new dishes and especially exploring different cuisines from around the world. This book was like a dream come true for me as it’s packed from cover to cover with hundreds of recipes from all over the world and all of them to be cooked over live fire! Highly recommended.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Steven Raichlen

Price: £14.35
Was: £14.99

Steven Raichlen – Project Smoke:

Following on from Planet Barbecue I bought Project Smoke. Slightly different to Planet Barbecue but such a great book with recipes based on Steven’s travels around the world and his favourite dishes. A really good book with a lot of high quality, stand out recipes.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Steven Raichlen

Price: £11.38
Was: £15.99
 

The Asian Barbecue Book:

I went through a phase of cooking some fantastic Asian recipes on the BBQ and wanted more recipes to cook and enjoy. A quick look on Amazon led me to this book. It’s a great book with loads of different Asian recipes along with the side dishes to go with each main meal.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Asian BBQ

The Asian Grill – Corinne Trang:

As with “The Asian Barbecue Book” above, I was looking for more Asian recipes to cook and bought this off Amazon. Another book with loads of recipes that made it onto my “To Do” list which I just need to get cooking now!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

The Asian Grill

Asian Grilling – Su-Mei Yu:

Not really following my alphabetical listing here but it fits perfectly with the two books above as I bought it at the same time to get more Asian recipes. Similar to “The Asian Grill” I have a lot of recipes on my “To Do” list so just need to cook them now!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Asian Grilling

Price: £19.28

 

Other Books:

It’s hard to list books out as BBQ books or Other books as I use recipes from all my books when cooking on the BBQ! What I have tried to do is split out the books that are marketed as BBQ books (above) and then other books where I have used the recipes on the grill (below):

Byron – The Cookbook:

Byron burgers are great and the book has all the recipes for their burgers, fries, milkshakes and desserts. Their burger bun recipe is fantastic and I use it for all of my cooks needing a bun. The seasoned fries are a revelation too.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Byron

Price: Check on Amazon

Dennis the Prescott – Eat Delicious:

I only recently got this book but have been following Dennis on Instagram for a while now. The book is equally as impressive as the instagram feed with amazing photos of each cook. I have a lot in this book I want to cook so the list will grow soon.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Dennis Prescott

Richard Turner – Prime and Hog:

Richard Turner from Hawksmoor, Pitt Cue, Blacklock, Turner and George and Meatopia. The man knows his meat there can be no argument! Great books, full of detail and a joy to read.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Prime

Amazing Malaysia – Norman Musa:

This is one of my favourite books, the recipes provide fantastic results especially the Chicken Satay dish which is just incredible!

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Amazing Malaysia

The Curry Guy – Dan Toombs:

I am a massive fan of Dan “The Curry Guy” and have cooked a number of his recipes from his blog over the years. This is his first book and the recipes help you reproduce British curry house style dishes at home. Such a great book.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Curry Guy

K Food by Busan BBQ

My wife and I both love Korean food. There is a great restaurant in Edinburgh called Kim’s mini meals run by a Korean couple who came to Edinburgh and set up a restaurant when their children attended Edinburgh University. We enjoyed the food so much I started buying Korean cook books so we could recreate some of the dishes and flavours at home. One of the books I bought was K Food by Busan BBQ. 

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

K Food - Busan BBQ

Vietnamese Market Cookbook:

Before we had kids we travelled a lot and Asia was always our favourite because of the awesome food available out there! I started this year by listing out everything I wanted to cook in my BBQ cook books but was always wanting to start cooking some of the Asian dishes I do in the kitchen on the BBQ. One of the first books I read again was The Vietnamese Market Cookbook by Van Tran and Anh Vu who were the folk behind Banhmi11 at Broadway Market. Some great recipes in this book.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Vietnamese Market Cookbook

Price: £13.56
Was: £20.00

Diana Henry – Simple:

Diana Henry is a famous food writer who has published 9 cook books. I have a few of her books which I use when cooking in the kitchen but the recipes are so good I have started using them on my BBQ cooks too.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Diana Henry - Simple

Indian Kitchen – Maunika Gowardhan:

My wife and I are big fans of Indian food after travelling around India a few years ago. Indian Kitchen by Maunika Gowardhan has some fantastic, authentic dishes in and we cook from it a lot especially over winter but I have started cooking some of the dishes on the BBQ too.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Indian Kitchen

Fresh India – Meera Sodha:

As with Indian Kitchen (above) we love Indian food but what’s great about this book is that it’s all vegetarian recipes. Ideal if you are trying to be a bit healthier, reduce your meat intake or looking for recipes to cook for vegetarian guests.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Fresh India

Thai Street Food – David Thomson:

Thai food is another favourite in our house and David Thomson is a renowned expert on Thai food. This book is incredible because it’s massive, has loads of recipes but also some of the most amazing photography I have seen in a book. Hard to get hold of now but keep an eye out for 2nd hand copies.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Thai street food

 

Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour:

Sabrina is a self taught cook and food writer specialising in Persian and Middle Eastern food. Persiana is her first book and it is packed with glorious looking recipes which are all fairly simple to cook but taste fantastic. A great book.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Persiana

Feasts by Sabrinha Ghayour:

Feasts is the third book by Sabrina Ghayour and covers a wide range of recipes for each meal time but also builds up dishes for a complete menu. Another great book with some really tasty dishes in it.

Click the photo below to see all my cooks from this book:

Feasts

 


 

Pizza and Wood Fired Oven Books:

The Pizza Bible:

This is such a great book, full of dough, sauce and topping recipes. Some of my best pizzas have come from this book.

122/18: Ooni Pro – Greek Pizza

Price: £14.42
Was: £22.50

 

Franco Manca:

I only recently got this book so haven’t cooked from it yet but it’s another book full of dough, sauce and topping recipes. I am looking forward to cooking from it.

 

Pizza Pilgrims:

I have had this book for ages, it’s got a lot of recipes in but only a few pizza recipes. The dough recipe in this book is really nice and I adapted their pizza donut ring recipe for this cook:

027/18: Chocolate and Ricotta Pizza

 

Fired Wood Oven Cookbook:

Another book I only got recently. It has a lot of recipes in which I want to try in the Ooni Pro.

 

The Ultimate Wood Fired Oven Cookbook:

As with the book above, I only got this recently but it also has a lot of recipes I want to try in the Ooni Pro.

 

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