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About the Author

TERI SANDISON is an award-winning food photographer. HUGH CARPENTER teaches at cooking schools throughout North America and at his own school in California's Napa Valley. They are the authors of the HOT and FAST series of books. This is their twelfth cookbook. They live in Oakville, California.


HUGH CARPENTER teaches at cooking schools throughout North America and at his own school in California's Napa Valley. TERI SANDISON is an award-winning food photographer. They are the authors of the HOT and FAST series of books. This is their twelfth cookbook. They live in Oakville, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580080715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580080712
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a true rib lover's treasure. The first 33 pages (nicely photo-illustrated) have everything you need to know about types of ribs, meat preparation techniques and cooking methods. After that, it's nothin' but ribs baby!
Be ready to make a tough decision though - which recipe to do first. There are mouth-watering pictures of almost every recipe, and so far, we have not found one we didn't like. This is a cookbook that rib lovers will want to work their way through from cover to cover this summer.
My family's favorite so far is the Carolina Barbecued Ribs (bottom photo - back cover). These have both a rub and a mop and will take you to straight to "Hog Heaven". (If you have little ones or don't like spicy, cut back on the chili powder for this one. It's pretty hot.)
I own LOTS of rib recipe books and this one is by far the best. It's packed with at least one full summer of the best rib-tasting you'll ever enjoy, but you'll return to the recipes in this book again and again.
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I become skeptical when I see a word such as "Great" in the title of a book. It is either immodesty or exaggeration. I am happy to report that, in this case, the word fits very well.
Each recipe is complete unto itself. It includes the rib type, rib preparation, recommended cooking technique, a rub, the mop, sauces, serving suggestion, etc. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. Kudos to the the kitchen testing staff. Of note is that most recipes can be done simply in an oven, and do not not require a smoker.
This is a good example of a cookbook that focuses on only one subject. It does a very good and very thorough job covering its subject.
My complaint here is that the book will not lay open flat in the kitchen when you are doing the recipes.
The recipes are reliable, and you will love the flavors. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on August 1, 1999
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I took a cooking class from Hugh based on this book and learned how to make ribs cooked in an oven taste almost as good as ones from a outdoor grill. My husband refuses to cook outdoors due to mosquitos and humidity. Hugh's recipes are fabulous, so good that I bought the book to get more. You won't believe the different ways to cook scrumptious ribs.
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By A Customer on September 25, 2000
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We try a new recipe each week out of this book and haven't found a bad one yet -- they're GREAT! The marinades are equally good on chicken and pork tenderloin.
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By A Customer on May 12, 2000
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Terrific book with a specific focus. The attractiveness of the recipes is exceeded only by the photography. The technical sections are informative and thorough. This is the first book by Carptenter & Sandison that I've purchased; but far from the last.
greg leaf glorieta, new mexico
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If you want a book that will show you how to make great Memphis-style ribs like you might find at Interstate BBQ or even Corky's, you're barking up the wrong tree. If you are a wealthy chardonnay sipping Californian who wants to impress his friends with exotic Asian or Mediterranean style ribs, this book might be for you. I was disappointed to find that the "Great Ribs Book" didn't devote any pages to good old fashioned all-American ribs. The book would be much better if it offered at least three or four recipes for authentic southern-style ribs like those folks go out of their way to find at run down old BBQ dives.
This is not the worst cook book I've ever seen. It has lots of pretty pictures and I don't doubt that many of the recipes would produce good results if I were ever inclined to spend an afternoon smoking some funky oriental ribs. But of course, I'm more into the kind of ribs that go good with beer, beans and blues music.
The first thirty or so pages are worth reading and are the only reason I give this book any stars. In these pages you will find good solid instructions on how to select and prep your ribs for cooking. You will also learn the basics on grilling, broiling, braising and smoking. You are steered away from committing such sins as parboiling your ribs before tossing them on the grill. These pages are good, but not worth the price of the book.
Consequently, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone except perhaps someone who aleady knows how to make awesome ribs but wants to try something new and completely different.
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This is a unique and revolutionary approach to the "rib cuisine". The variety of techniques for cooking and the unique flavors employed bogle the mind. It is sophisticated in results, but very easily accomplished by all levels of people with various cooking skills. Highly recommended.
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For the past 2 summers we have gone to a friend's summer BBQ and every summer his ribs are AMAZING!! This year the ribs and sauce were so good that my 13 yr old son asked if he could take some of the sauce home. If he hadn't asked first, I would have asked at clean up! I could not believe how good these ribs were, so I asked for the recipe. They handed me this book!! We can home order this book and now make the best Ribs on the block!! I have given this book as a gift to several friends and family and every month receive countless phone calls raving about the ribs and letting me know which recipes they have tried and recommend. This book is truly gift that will make you a Master Chef with Ribs!! I have never had so many firends and family call to share how much they use and love this book!! You will be the GO TO RIB dinner with these recipes, the star chef all summer, heck ALL YEAR when you make ribs!!
Our favorite recipes so far, Mahogany Glazed Ribs, Thai Red Curry Sauce, Spicy Ribs in Lemongrass Honey Glaze, Ribs with Fiery Mango Marinade and our last adventure, Balsamic Vinegar, Soy, Honey Mustard Ribs. Seriously.... You want this book!!
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