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Summer Simmer and Sizzle: In the Library

July is National Grilling Month. Add some sizzle to your summer with these cookbooks, videos, web resources, and more.

Looking for a new recipe for your grill or BBQ smoker? Check out these books from the TCC libraries!

Fire It Up!

cover image for Barbecuing Around Texas

For the first time, a comprehensive guide to the best barbecue places in Texas! Accompanied by his fictional sidekick, Willie Joe, author Richard Troxell visited barbecue places across the state over the course of six months. Troxell persuaded dynasties to part with treasured recipes and secrets including sauces, mops, and rubs. No town or city escaped Troxell's determined scrutiny.

cover image of baseball player and chef, Frank Thomas

Hall of Famer and Chicago icon Frank Thomas shares his passion for grilling and cooking with baseball fans everywhere for the first time. Grilling is perhaps as essential and synonymous with American culture as baseball itself, and Frank Thomas is ready to share all of his home run recipes. 

book cover image with photos of different meats, a diagram of pork cuts, and a person eating ribs

In BBQ&A with Myron Mixon, bestselling author and TV personality Myron Mixon answers the questions most frequently asked of him during his many live cooking demos, TV appearances, and private cooking classes. Myron's lively, informative answers are paired with practical visuals and cover techniques and methods, flavors and preparations, recipes and formulas-all collected in one place for the first time by the winningest man in barbecue.

photo of a cup of burgoo, a spicy stew

Award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers in Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon, sharing recipes and lore surrounding these storied culinary traditions. He introduces readers to new and forgotten versions of favorite regional dishes from the time of Daniel Boone to today and uncovers many lost recipes, such as Mush Biscuits, Kentucky Tombstone Pudding, and the Original Kentucky Whiskey Cake. Featuring cuisine from the early American frontier to the present day, this entertaining book is filled with fascinating tidbits and innovative recipes for the modern cook.

book cover image for Charred

If you're bored of beef burgers, or if you're vegetarian and want more than scorched sweet corn and chewy halloumi, then Charred offers up over 70 original, exciting recipes to cater for all your veggie BBQ needs. With sections on Stuffed and wrapped veg, Burgers and fritters, Kebabs, Low, slow and smoked, and Sharing Platters, the vegetarian dishes will be the highlight of every meal. Live-fire and BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor has developed these inventive, sensational dishes. 

cover image with a drawing of a pig on a red, white and blue flag

Cornbread Nation 2

Southern barbecue and barbecue traditions are the primary focus of Cornbread Nation 2, our second collection of the best of Southern food writing. In tribute to what Vince Staten calls "the slowest of the slow foods," contributors discuss the politics, sociology, and virtual religion of barbecue in the South, where communities are defined by what wood they burn, what sauce they make, and what they serve with barbecue. From barbecue to scuppernongs to popsicles, the forty-three newspaper columns, magazine pieces, poems, and essays collected here confirm that a bounty of good writing exists when it comes to good eating, Southern style.

book cover image with skewers of meat

Learn the ancient art of the grill from a true gaucho. Join Chef Evandro Caregnato on a culinary journey to discover the authentic Gaucho way of living and their rustic traditional style of grilling meats called Churrasco.  In Churrasco: Grilling the Brazilian Way, Caregnato shares stories of how the gauchos from southern Brazil prepare and cook meats over open fire, as well as over 70 savory recipes from his hometown and Texas de Brazil's restaurants that have never been released before. 

book cover image with photos of multiple grilled foods

Get cooking with an up-and-coming chef today! Check out the recipes of Cool Backyard Grilling. It gives young readers fun new recipes and ideas to explore. This book has kid-tested recipes and includes lots of tips and tricks that make it easy to become an experienced kid cook. With photos of basic techniques, tools, and ingredients, this book will appeal to new cooks, too. 

book cover image with grilled chicken pieces on a wooden serving board

Smoke it, brine it, mop it, or grill it! But do it low and slow. Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, corn on the cob--everyone has a barbecued favorite. And with so many different cooking styles, creating an endless amount of grilled possibilities is easy when you have great recipes for dry rubs and "special" sauces to make ordinary meats and vegetables, extraordinary. When you Grill It Up, you'll soon discover that grills weren't made for just steaks, burgers, and hot dogs.

cartoon drawing of a chef standing beside two outdoor grills

Grilling is an art, and author Rick Black has built a reputation grilling with some of the best outdoor chefs in the country and collecting and testing palate-pleasing recipes for both grilling and barbecuing. Features recipes for grilling pork, beef, lamb, poultry, seafood, wild game, and vegetables, as well as rubs, sauces, and marinades, including Tornado Alley BBQ Sauce, Ocho Rios Jerk Pork or Chicken Rub, and Popeye Fish Paste.

cartoon drawing of a grill with multiple foods cooking on top

With over 60 delicious recipes and as many time-saving tips, Our Favorite Grilling Recipes cookbook is a must-have for outdoor cooking. With savory & sweet recipes like garlic & mustard burgers, red-hot pork chops, farmstead veggie kabobs and pineapple sundaes, you'll want to get grillin' now A convenient purse-perfect size is perfect for taking along too...easier than ever meal-planning on the go.

book cover image for Wiley's Championship BBQ

Wiley McCrary has spent more than 30 years preaching the gospel of the Church of the Holy Smoke. As a dedicated evangelist of the 'cue, he hopes that this cookbook will successfully dispel the myths and mysteries behind good barbecue and teach everyone what they're capable of doing on their own. The techniques and recipes in this cookbook don't favor one region over another, and cover all manner of animal--from cow, pig, and sheep to bird, fish, and shellfish, along with the best marinades, rubs, sauces, sides, drinks, and desserts to go on 'em, along with 'em, or after 'em.