Review: Weber’s Smoke

Recently, I received my copy of Jamie Purviance new BBQ book purchased from amazon.com. The above picture was posted on Jamie’s facebook page by me and I got a witty reply back from him…very cool.  He encouraged me to write a review on amazon, I thought that was an excellent idea. So, after I took the time to review the book I wrote my thoughts about it and submitted it to amazon.com.

Weber’s Smoke: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill

 Expand your outdoor cooking horizons and waistlines with Weber’s “Smoke”! The latest cookbook from Jamie Purviance is the first (as far as I know) undertaking into the world of low and slow authentic BBQ. The book is helpful for those who want to transition from high heat grilling into low and slow smoky BBQ on a kettle or smoker. To speed up this transition, the books composition is easy to follow and exciting to explore. An overabundance of vibrant photography and illustrations serves to help the reader soak up information like a sponge.

 Even a BBQ enthusiast like me has found many useful tips, tricks and nuggets hidden between the lines. Moreover, the recipes are inspiring…traditional and non-traditional BBQ dishes challenge beginners to experts. Also, the inclusion of Latin cuisine is my favorite theme about this book. I grew up with parents who cooked authentic Mexican cuisine and I have incorporated that into my BBQ for years. Jamie Purviance’s experience in Latin cuisine brings a whole new level of flavor to the table…literally! If you haven’t tried BBQ tamales, you’re missing out…this book has the recipe!

 Some hardcore pitmasters may be disappointed to find that this book is not like the “storyteller” BBQ books that have come out recently or that Jamie does not touch on long standing low and slow debates such as…”should the brisket go fat side up or down?” But for the casual backyard weekend warrior, the tutorial and recipes in this book will guide you to impress your family, friends and neighbors. Well done!

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