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Eggsperts...What is your favorite cookbook?

I know many of you cook from eggsperience and your melon, but newbies like myself enjoy learning from some fool-proof guides before becoming freestyle with the art.

That being said, I know a lot of recipes are scattered throughout the forums but are there any collective cookbooks you recommend? 

I recently got my hands on Smoke & Spice and enjoy that one and appreciate any and all other recommendations.

Cheers eggers!


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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 1,819
    cooks illustrated's best recipe.

    slow fire by Dr. BBQ

    cooks illustrated magazines, books, and sites are in large part why I am here. I thoroughly enjoy then.
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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 2,482
    Best cookbook I've ever had is this and the other forum.  Other cookbooks don't respond when I screw something up and am trying to correct it mid-cook.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    My favorite "go to" cookbook is "Homestyle Soups".  I use it throughout the cooler months and have never found a bad recipe.
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  • I first got started with steven raichlens How to grill: the complete illustrated book of bbq. Recipes are step by step and each step has a close up picture.
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,767
    The school of hard knocks.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 665
    edited June 2013

    Smoke & Spice.  Really the only one I ever use anymore and really a great cookbook to have for the avid smoker.  Never really cared for the BGE cookbook and wish I hadn't sprung for it.

     

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,113
    Best cookbook I've ever had is this and the other forum.  Other cookbooks don't respond when I screw something up and am trying to correct it mid-cook.

    100% What Scott said!
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 665
    I concur with Scottborasjr and mickey about the forums.  Don't really use cookbooks, even though we have a huge collection (had to build a giant bookshelf to increase space - SWMBO collects them)

    My MO can be summed up by:

    1. have a general idea of what I want to cook
    2. Utilize world-wide interwebz - search, research, read.
    3. Incorporate the stuff I like from item 2 into my final process
    4. make it and get completely hammered so I vaguely remember what I did
    5. repeat starting at item 1

    Had that happen on more than one occasion and had to ask the wife, "how did I do that last time?"

    LBGE

    Cedar table w/granite top

    Ceramic Grillworks two-tier swing rack

    Perpetual cooler of ice-cold beer

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  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 580
    Fine Cooking and Cooks Illustrated, this forum and eggfests.Raichlen's books for rubs, sauces and ideas. The Republic of Barbecue is a great read about Texas BBQ  http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/engrbq
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, 1 Minimax BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
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  • I too am new to the egg.  I absolutely love "Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue" by Ray "DR. BBQ" Lampe!  Very well written.  Great recipes.  Awesome info on just about everything from choice of wood to the tools you may find handy.  Also a big plus is all of the recipes are written to be done on an egg so he is normally spot on with time and temp.

    Just pick it up...you won't regret it.

    L-BGE | Lusby, MD

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  • WalrusBBQWalrusBBQ Posts: 151
    Thanks for all the suggestions.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,113

    Just don't waste money on the Big Green Egg Cookbook.

    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Mickey said:

    Just don't waste money on the Big Green Egg Cookbook.

    Too late for me. Wah, waaaaahhhhh!

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    I mainly use the information and recipes from the folks on this forum. Some great recipes here. One book that I find has some interesting ideas for grilling is Adam Perry Langs's  
    "BBQ 25".  

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,030
    I have more barbeque cookbooks than I want to admit, but if I had to narrow it down to one it'd be Smokin' with Myron Mixon.  He doesn't hold back on his opinions, extremely entertaining to read, and he's got the trophies to back it all up.  
      
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  • Botch said:

    I have more barbeque cookbooks than I want to admit, but if I had to narrow it down to one it'd be Smokin' with Myron Mixon.  He doesn't hold back on his opinions, extremely entertaining to read, and he's got the trophies to back it all up.  

      
    Does he include the word "damn" in every sentence?
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  • bethg212bethg212 Posts: 43
    Trial and error. Have considered Myron Mixon's first cookbook, just haven't purchased yet.
    Beth Hardeeville, South Carolina
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  • boatbumboatbum Posts: 1,273
    Who needs a cookbook when you have access to this forum. Have recieved a couple as gifts, one was the one from BGE. Nice pictures. As others have said, I haven't had time to cook everything I have seen on this forum that I want to yet - no time for cookbook.
    Cookin in Texas
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  • WalrusBBQWalrusBBQ Posts: 151
    boatbum said:
    Who needs a cookbook when you have access to this forum. Have recieved a couple as gifts, one was the one from BGE. Nice pictures. As others have said, I haven't had time to cook everything I have seen on this forum that I want to yet - no time for cookbook.
    I agree with you. I just like something to flip through to get ideas of new cooks and bring camping too!

    thanks
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,738
    what i dont like about cookbooks is i find 3 to 5 signature recipes that look interesting and the other 30 to 50 are just fluff fillins to make a book.  someone should just make a book of great pictures with titles so i could pick what looks good that day, figure out what i have to do to make it, and go cook it. sometimes i google the food pics first, then go look for a recipe that might make what im looking for
    :))
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,258
    The New Professional Chef by the Culinary institute of America. Weighs a ton and lots of French named stuff.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,824
    edited June 2013
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Gives me basis to open up so many other possibilities.
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  • milesofsmilesmilesofsmiles Posts: 1,332
    Anything PAULA DEAN. lmao. Y'all.
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  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Don't get lured in to all those fancy pictures of food -- just give me the recipe.  Not many recipe books out that provide good quality recipes page after page.
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  • RLeeperRLeeper Posts: 480
    Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang. If you can find one!
    Extra Large, Large, and Mini. Tucker, GA
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  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 422
    RLeeper said:
    Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang. If you can find one!
    Wow .. been out of print for a long time. Thats why the price of this book has skyrocketed.

    Is this book that good?
    LBGE & Mini
    Orlando, FL
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  • bboulierbboulier Posts: 302
    Got some ideas for good reading from this thread.   I like  Steven Raichlen's "Barbecue Bible".  It has a very large number of interesting recipes.  Calvin and Audrey Lee's "The Gourmet Chinese Regional Cookbook" has a few recipes that can be cooked on the egg.   Mostly, I tend to search the internet for ideas anymore (e.g., Larry Wolfe's Sriracha Wings: http://wolfepit.blogspot.com/2009/10/orange-marmalade-sriracha-wings.html ).
    Weber Kettle, Weber Genesis Silver B, Medium Egg, KJ Classic (Black)
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    edited June 2013
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Gives me basis to open up so many other possibilities.
    +1.  At some point you must try Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon (need to try on the Egg when the weather gets cooler) and Roast Chicken - plan to spend a lot of time cooking this one - not just a throw it in the oven until done.  Very labor intensive, and well worth it.  Folding the wings 'akimbo' is a key.  And make sure you watch the SNL skit.
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  • cooks illustrated magazine and website. Cooking light mag is good too if you want to cook high end food lower cal.

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