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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2014
I wanted a book that went into detail on smoking and curing meats. I chose this book over others because I LOVED the book 'The Complete ldiot's Guide to Sausage Making'. Of several sausage making books that l have, it is my go-to book. Recipes and information is spot on and provides chapters of very useful infrmation. This book on the other hand, is almost completely useless. Unless you've just landed from another planet and never heard of a smoker, then this book is probably not for you. I really wanted to like this book but l expected useful information that would help me achieve better results with my smoker. This book read almost like a children's book..... Some smokers use charcol. Some smokers use gas. Be sure to follow your manufacturer's direction. Seriously.... I gave it two stars because it does have a lot of recipes in it and they may be good (have not tried them) but l wasn't looking for a recipe book. For example, l usually smoke a turkey for Christmas. Was hoping to get some good info on smoking poultry but almost no usable info. There was a recipe for smoked turkey drumsticks, but thats about it. Instead of techniques for smoking different types of food, it is mostly recipes. Everything else was basicaly explaining what a smoker is and saying stuff like - some prefer this, and some prefer that. No reasons why one method may be better than another. For example - names all of the hard woods used for smoking, but basically just tells what they are and says some prefer apple wood... Some prefer hickory. This book is truly geared towards idiots.