Steven Raichlen really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His "Barbecue Bible" books have over 4.7 million copies in print and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a "Joy of Cooking" for guys, "Man Made Meals" is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen."Man Made Meals" is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire.) It's about adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure. These are recipes with a decided guy appeal, like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Fire-Eater Chicken Wings, Black Kale Caesar, Down East Lobster Rolls, Skillet Rib Steak, "Porchetta," Finger-Burner Lamb Chops, Yardbird's Fried Chicken, Blackened Salmon, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways, and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups.
About the Author
STEVEN RAICHLEN is a multi-award-winning author, journalist, and television host. His twenty-nine books include the international blockbusters "The Barbecue Bible, How to Grill, "and the "New York Times "bestselling "Planet Barbecue. "His books have won five James Beard Awards and have been translated into 16 languages. "Island Apart "is his first novel. A former Watson Foundation Fellow with a degree in French literature, Raichlen hosts "Primal Grill "and "Barbecue University "on PBS and the French language TV show "Le Maitre du Grill. "He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress and has appeared frequently on "National Public Radio "and the "Today" show. He and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, and Coconut Grove, Florida.