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Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue: More Than 125 Recipes for Family Celebrations All Year Long Hardcover – May 7, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; English Language edition (May 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743228642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743228640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the smoke blows, but nonetheless, here is Roker (Don't Make Me Stop This Car)in an attempt to amuse, instruct and otherwise cash in on the craze that is backyard barbecue. Despite its demonstrative title, this effort is medium-sized and mediocre. With the aid of food columnist Marialisa Calta, Roker sets out his favorite grilling recipes and tips amid a squalor of bad puns and folksy humor. Jerk Chicken, he explains, is not a recipe named after your boss. In his Five Rules for grilling he warns not to move meat around with a fork lest the juices run out. Yet, for one of his signature dishes, Steaks As Big As Your Head, he advises making several small cuts in the meat to press garlic into. Elsewhere, ribs, pulled pork, burgers and wieners are prepared in simple styles that first-time grill owners will appreciate. Only about a third of the collection concerns itself with the art of introducing meat, fish and poultry to fire. The rest of the book is consumed by appetizers, salads, sauces, drinks and desserts. Roker admits to being no more qualified than you are to write a cookbook, but at least he knows what he likes and is happy to share the knowledge. Can Alain Ducasse on the Weather Channel be far behind?
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Roker, known to millions as the weatherman on the Today show, has also done a number of food segments over the years, including a Food Network special on Memphis barbecue, which piqued his interest in the topic. The result is his cookbook of simple grilling recipes, from Spicy Wings to Steaks as Big as Your Head; there are also easy sides, desserts, and drinks. The recipes are clearly written, and the text is punctuated by Roker's trademark humor. There will be another Food Network special in June celebrating the publication of this book, which is sure to be in demand.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Al Roker is known to over thirty million viewers for his work on NBC's Today show, a role that has earned him ten Emmy awards. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Make Me Stop This Car!: Adventures in Fatherhood. An accomplished cook, Roker also has two bestselling cookbooks to his credit. Al Roker lives in Manhattan with his wife, ABC News and 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, and has two daughters and a son.

Customer Reviews

Lots of recipes with easy to find ingredients or things that you have at home!
Molly English
He's always goofing around and it really puts you in the mood to have fun while you figure out how to work the grill.
Consumer 1011100100
I would definitely recommend this one as the all around summer cookbook/barbecue book to have!
L. Capo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Hooray for Al! He has brought barbeque back to where it belongs - in our backyards and on our plain ol' charcoal grills! Great recipes - easy to follow - you don't need to search the far corners of the earth for the ingredients - and, best of all - they taste great! Put this book on the top of your cookbook wishlist - it's worth it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rikki200020002 on June 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a straightforward, funny, easy to use barbecue and grilling book that makes me laugh and doesn't make me feel like I need a lot of goofy equipment and a degree in fire management. My family and I have used it on two back to back weekends - go for the Steaks as Big as Your Head and the Jerk Chicken. This simple stuff has a big bang on the plate. Thanks, Al!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Capo on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was surprised to receive this book as a gift but found great recipes for any cook, novice to experienced. Easy to follow directions, easy to find ingredients. I've had the book about 3 weeks and have tried about 10 recipes so far, impressing family and friends at several cookouts as well as some meals at home. Great marinades to prepare ahead and take along. I would definitely recommend this one as the all around summer cookbook/barbecue book to have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baby Jenny on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I recently moved to an apartment and had to give up my charcoal grill. Happily, I've still used this cookbook and the marinades and recipes it contains to cook indoors in my oven and on my stove. The marinades are fabulously flavorful and any leftover meat makes great sandwiches.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Consumer 1011100100 on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I "inherited" an old gas grill and decided to learn to barbecue this summer. I went to the library and sifted through the books on barbecuing. I knew Al's was going to be good when I saw all the bbq stains, ripped pages and loose binding. Here was a book that was USED. Over the next month I added a few of my own stains and tears as I learned how to do it. After renewing it twice I just decided to buy the thing.

For me in my situation, this book was absolutely perfect. If you are already experienced at BBQ, then you may have a different conclusion. I found the food to be delicious, recipes use readily available ingredients, the text avoids all the sissy nonsense of most cook books, but best of all it was simple and to the point. I even enjoyed Al's little stories and anecdotes. He's always goofing around and it really puts you in the mood to have fun while you figure out how to work the grill.

I disagreed with Al once, and it was on the vegetable kabobs recipe. I think Al needs to lay off the lemon juice with that one. On the other hand, try the basic BBQ chicken recipe. WHEW! So good I reached up to slap my momma but, my momma lives two states away so I slapped my wife! She was maaaad! All your fault Al!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly English on July 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lots of recipes with easy to find ingredients or things that you have at home! Its very user friendly with grilling tips also!
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