Book Review | Franklin Barbecue : A Meat-Smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

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IMG_6233.JPGAs a James Beard award winning chef, Aaron Franklin has a bit of clout here. Published in 2015, Franklin Barbecue : A Meat-Smoking Manifesto gets into the nitty-gritty of how to use your smoker, from wood selection to take-off times and cooling periods , including the most minute of details such as how weather will affect your smoking and how to push the coals around. It clearly reveals Franklin as a passionate master of his craft, willing to share his extensive knowledge with anyone willing to listen/read. Some recipes are included in this book as a guide, but it is primarily a how-to text, a more technical look at the art of smoking.

A long time experienced griller planned to use this book for recipes, thinking his technique needed no help. However, this book prompted further reflection, tweaking and gave additional insights for the cooking process. It’s clear why new restauranteurs look to Franklin as the Guru of meat smoking. His sheer enthusiasm made this book, already packed with color photos, even more palatable, if you will. Any grilling enthusiasts would enjoy a go at this book, and it would also serve as a great father’s day present. Check it out from a library near you!

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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