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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594861099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594861093
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

PEACE, LOVE, and BARBECUE is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes journey into the world of barbecue with Grand World Champion pitmaster Mike Mills as your guide. Join Mike and his barbecue buddies--a veritable Who's Who of Barbecue--as they spin a few tales, spill their secrets, and reluctantly part with their prize-winning recipes.

About the Author

In the world of barbecue, champion pitmaster Mike Mills is affectionately knowon as "The Legend." He presides over the pits at his six nationally acclaimed 17th Street Bar & Grill restaurants in Southern Illinois and four Memphis Championship Barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas. In the early 1990s he was co-captain of the Apple City Barbecue team, one of the most celebrated teams ever on the circuit. He has the distinction of being the only three-time Grand World Champion at Memphis in May, otherwise known as the Super Bowl of Swine. He is also the barbecue guru and a partner at Blue Smoke restaurant in New York City.

Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, daughter of Mike, is a writer and sought-after professional speaker. She lives near Boston with her two children. She always wanted to be a glamorous heiress. Little did she dream her fortune would lie in barbecue.


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Best book throw the rest away!!
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Mike Mills, known to barbecue afficionados as The Legend, has fashioned a wonderful book about the world of barbecue.
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The stories are as wonderful as the recipes.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Peace, Love and Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales and Outright Lies From The Legends of Barbecue

Mike Mills & Amy Mills Tunicliffe

A Book Report by Gerry Dawes (Appeared in Food Arts magazine.)

This is a book report, not a review. I wrote the June 2004 Food Arts Silver Spoon Award piece about Mike Mills, the Southern Illinois Barbecue Legend Mike Mills, who, with his Apple City Barbecue Team won the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest more times (three, four in ribs) than any team in history. Mills has long been a friend of mine and still is, despite the outright lies he told about me and a lot of other people to his daughter, Amy Mills Tunicliffe, who wrote her father's story's in the remarkable, but veracity-challenged Peace, Love and Barbecue: Recipes, Secrets, Tall Tales and Outright Lies From The Legends of Barbecue.

At least I am in good company. Bill Clinton, Calvin Trillin, Tom Viertel (producer of The Producers, Smokey Joe's Café, Driving Miss Daisy), the New York super-restaurateur Danny Meyer, Chef Michael Romano and star Vogue food writer Jeffrey Steingarten, along with most of the `cue superstars world are all in this book on down-home and championship circuit barbecue. In the foreword, Meyer, Mills's partner in New York's Blue Smoke Barbecue joint, wrote a pean to pig and to Mills. The exalted Vogue food writer, Jeffrey Steingarten, who wrote the saucy introduction calling Mills "one of the greatest barbecue cooks of all time," once wrote an article claiming that Mills's Memphis Championship Barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas are his favorites, only after Nobu.

While this indispensable guide to American barbecue could have been just that, a guide, it is much more.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FUBAR on October 22, 2005
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I really enjoyed this book...I own a smoker and have used the Apple City Ribs recipe and the Chile recipe (non-healthy version) and both were tasty...my only question is whether the author listed the true ingredients for his "magic dust"...after all, his mother didn't want him to give away the family secret...hmmmm....

***UPDATE!! (6/11/06): Ok, on a discussion board someone said they actually got an answer to my question from the author...he DID give us the dust recipe his mother said to protect BUT his feeling is that it will be hard to duplicate his quality because of the unique QUALITIES of each dust ingredient he uses.

A great book for any barbecue (not grilling) fan!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John R. Farrish on May 19, 2005
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Mike Mills, known to barbecue afficionados as The Legend, has fashioned a wonderful book about the world of barbecue. His often humorous tour of the barbecue world is also chock full of recipes that people would gladly have given their eye teeth for over the years. Some of the greatest names in traditional american cooking are represented; the book is a treasure trove of information and the stories Mills relates are the type one usually only gets to hear late at might after more than a few beers while the hog is slowly roasting away.

This book is an absolute delight; along with Smokestack Lightning one of the two best books ever written about barbecue.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N.R. on April 6, 2009
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This book is pretty good, the best of the two books I ordered. The main reason I ordered this book was to get the recipe for "magic dust" that Mills is famous for. So I put some together and put the rub on some ribs I then smoked the next day... Not great. Then I turn on food network and what do I see? Food Network is proclaiming Mills as having the best ribs in the country due to his magic dust that has 16 different spices in it. The "magic dust" in this book only has 8. It is orange due to the extremely large amount of paprika where the real magic dust was a yellowish color. The book is okay, but dont believe the hype that he gives away any secrete recipes, most of the recipes you could think of yourself (put pulled pork in a baked potato or a stuffed pepper)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BBQGuide on June 4, 2005
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I've spent several hours reviewing PEACE, LOVE and BARBECUE by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe. Just the chapter on the "Secrets" would be worth the price of the book. Additionally, the "Magic Dust" recipe will leave you wanting to run to the store and make up a batch just to shake directly on your tongue! The book just isn't a "recipe" or "cook book", it's all about what people think and do for the love of food and not limited to barbecue either. This book will set you straight on many "urban legends" and point your smoker the right direction in how to smoke a lip smacking brisket. Loaded with nostalgic photos and neatly put together, I just can't say enough about the whole book. Probably one of the first books I've read and associated the titles three words!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on May 21, 2005
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The only complaint I have about this book is that they didn't include my favorite place: North Main Barbecue in Eulis, Texas -- or if you are visiting one of the big barbecue festival circuit they compete under the name Sweet Meats. (No, I'm not related, never worked for them, etc.)

Other than that, this is a combined cookbook, travelogue, and a story written almost like a Bible. This book treats Barbecue almost like the religion that it is.

You're not going to find instructions like go out and buy a bottle of sauce here, you're going to get instructions on how to make your own sauce (his has fourteen ingredients). You're also going to get the secret formula for Mr. Mills Magic Dust dry rub.

This is the book for you if you take your Barbecue seriously, and how else would you take it.
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