Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Outdoor Cooking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

In the first cookbook by a Black pitmaster, James Beard Award–winning chef Rodney Scott celebrates an incredible culinary legacy through his life story, family traditions, and unmatched dedication to his craft. “BBQ is such an important part of African American history, and no one is better at BBQ than Rodney.”—Marcus Samuelsson, chef and restaurateur Rodney Scott was born with barbecue in his blood. He cooked his first whole hog, a specialty of South Carolina barbecue, when he was just eleven years old. At the time, he was cooking at Scott's Bar-B-Q, his family's barbecue spot in Hemingway, South Carolina. Now, four decades later, he owns one of the country's most awarded and talked-about barbecue joints, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston. In this cookbook, co-written by award-winning writer Lolis Eric Elie, Rodney spills what makes his pit-smoked turkey, barbecued spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, hush puppies, Ella's Banana Puddin', and award-winning whole hog so special. Moreover, his recipes make it possible to achieve these special flavors yourself, whether you're a barbecue pro or a novice. From the ins and outs of building your own pit to poignant essays on South Carolinian foodways and traditions, this stunningly photographed cookbook is the ultimate barbecue reference. It is also a powerful work of storytelling. In this modern American success story, Rodney details how he made his way from the small town where he worked for his father in the tobacco fields and in the smokehouse, to the sacrifices he made to grow his family's business, and the tough decisions he made to venture out on his own in Charleston. Rodney Scott's World of BBQ is an uplifting story that speaks to how hope, hard work, and a whole lot of optimism built a rich celebration of his heritage—and of unforgettable barbecue.

  • Author: Rodney Scott
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (March 16, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1984826930
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 10.3 inches


2. Project Smoke (Steven Raichlen Barbecue Bible Cookbooks)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

How to smoke everything, from appetizers to desserts! A complete, step-by-step guide to mastering the art and craft of smoking, plus 100 recipes—every one a game-changer –for smoked food that roars off your plate with flavor. Here’s how to choose the right smoker (or turn the grill you have into an effective smoking machine). Understand the different tools, fuels, and smoking woods. Master all the essential techniques: hot-smoking, cold-smoking, rotisserie-smoking, even smoking with tea and hay—try it with fresh mozzarella. Here are recipes and full-color photos for dishes from Smoked Nachos to Chinatown Spareribs, Smoked Salmon to Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp. USA Today says, “Where there’s smoke, there’s Steven Raichlen.” Steven Raichlen says, “Where there’s brisket, ribs, pork belly, salmon, turkey, even cocktails and dessert, there will be smoke.” And Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue says, “Nothin’ but great techniques and recipes. I am especially excited about the smoked cheesecake.” Time to go forth and smoke. “If your version of heaven has smoked meats waiting beyond the pearly gates, then PROJECT SMOKE is your bible.” —Tom Colicchio, author, chef/owner of Crafted Hospitality, and host of Top Chef “Steven Raichlen really nails everything you need to know. Even I found new ground covered in this smart, accessible book.” —Myron Mixon, author and host of BBQ Pitmasters , Smoked , and BBQ Rules

  • Author: Steven Raichlen
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; Illustrated edition (May 10, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-0761181866
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches


3. The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice from the host of the show MeatEater as seen on Netflix For anyone planning to spend time outside,  The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival  is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Informed by the real-life experiences of renowned outdoorsman Steven Rinella, its pages are packed with tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations.    Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This essential guide delivers hard-won insights and know-how garnered from Rinella’s own experiences and mistakes and from his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency-room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides—with the goal of making any reader feel comfortable and competent while out in the wild.

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Publisher: Random House (December 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-0593129692
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.02 x 9.5 inches


4. A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

“April, April, April—what a chef! Delicious, brilliant, inspiring. . . . Now, with the publication of A Girl and Her Pig, you can sample her remarkable food in your own kitchen.”—Fergus Henderson April Bloomfield, the critically acclaimed chef behind the smash hit New York restaurants The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and the John Dory, offers incomparable recipes and fascinating stories in this one-of-a-kind cookbook and memoir that celebrates all things pork and more.  In  A Girl and Her Pig , April Bloomfield takes home cooks on an intimate tour of the food that has made her a star. Thoughtful, voice-driven recipes go behind the scenes of Bloomfield's lauded restaurants and into her own home kitchen, where her attention to detail and reverence for honest ingredients result in unforgettable dishes that reflect her love for the tactile pleasures of cooking and eating. Bloomfield's innovative yet refreshingly straightforward recipes, which pair her English roots with a deeply Italian influence, offer an unfailingly modern and fresh sensibility and showcase her bold flavors, sensitive handling of seasonal produce, and nose-to-tail ethos. A cookbook as delightful and lacking in pretention as Bloomfield herself,  A Girl and Her Pig  combines exquisite food with charming narratives on Bloomfield's journey from working-class England to the apex of the culinary world, along with loving portraits of the people who have guided her along the way. A Girl and Her Pig  is a carnivore’s delight, a gift from one of the food industry’s hottest chefs—in the upper echelon alongside Mario Batali, David Chang, and the legendary Fergus Henderson—featuring beautiful illustrations and photographs, and refreshingly unpretentious, remarkably scrumptious recipes for everything from re-imagined British pub favorites such as Beef and Bayley Hazen Pie to Whole Suckling Pig.

  • Author: April Bloomfield
  • Publisher: Ecco; Illustrated edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine


5. Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto [A Cookbook]

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •  A complete meat and brisket-cooking education from the country's most celebrated pitmaster and owner of the wildly popular Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue. When Aaron Franklin and his wife, Stacy, opened up a small barbecue trailer on the side of an Austin, Texas, interstate in 2009, they had no idea what they’d gotten themselves into. Today, Franklin Barbecue has grown into the most popular, critically lauded, and obsessed-over barbecue joint in the country (if not the world)—and Franklin is the winner of every major barbecue award there is.   In this much-anticipated debut, Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue, and share years’ worth of hard-won knowledge. Franklin Barbecue is a definitive resource for the backyard pitmaster, with chapters dedicated to building or customizing your own smoker; finding and curing the right wood; creating and tending perfect fires; sourcing top-quality meat; and of course, cooking mind-blowing, ridiculously delicious barbecue, better than you ever thought possible.

  • Author: Aaron Franklin
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2015)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1607747208
  • Dimensions: 8.28 x 1.04 x 10.28 inches


6. Chicken on the Grill: 100 Surefire Ways to Grill Perfect Chicken Every Time

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

The aroma should be irresistible. The outside should be crisp, the inside juicy. We're talking about one of America's most popular foods -- grilled chicken. But how many times does the outside look perfect while the inside is perfectly raw? Or you're simply left with a smoldering, charred mess? Award-winning cookbook authors and America's outdoor grilling experts, Cheryl and Bill Jamison come to the rescue in Chicken on the Grill. The Jamisons identify the most common mistakes in grilling chicken and, most important, teach you how to correct them. Learn how to tend to the fire, how to time the grilling process, and how to check for doneness. Their advice and expertise make it easy to enjoy perfectly tender, juicy chicken that is bursting with true flavor only grilling over a fire can impart. With more than 50 color photographs throughout, Chicken on the Grill is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the table. The 100-plus recipes include everything from classic Grill-Roasted Chicken and Grilled Chicken Caesar on a Skewer to exotic new dishes like Tequila-Lime Chicken Tacos with Charred Limes and Curried Chicken Roti. There are 50 inspiring ideas for boneless, skinless breasts, plus recipes for wings, sandwiches, and satays. Since man can't really live by chicken alone, there are recipes for sides and sweets such as Rockin' Guac, Grilled Asparagus with Orange Zest, and Frozen Margarita Pie. Chicken is economical, rich in protein and nutrients, and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways to suit a wide variety of tastes. From everyday family meals to entertaining a crowd, you can't beat a great grilled chicken. And you can't beat Chicken on the Grill for showing you just how to do it.

  • Author: Cheryl Alters Jamison
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (April 5, 2011)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine


7. The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

From the host of the television series and podcast  MeatEater , the long-awaited definitive guide to cooking wild game, including fish and fowl, featuring more than 100 new recipes “As a MeatEater fan who loves to cook, I can tell you that this book is a must-have.”—Andrew Zimmern When Steven Rinella hears from fans of his MeatEater show and podcast, it’s often requests for more recipes. One of the most respected and beloved hunters in America, Rinella is also an accomplished wild game cook, and he offers recipes here that range from his takes on favorite staples to more surprising and exotic meals. Big Game : Techniques and strategies for butchering and cooking all big game, from whitetail deer to moose, wild hogs, and black bear, and recipes for everything from shanks to tongue.  Small Game : How to prepare appetizers and main courses using common small game species such as squirrels and rabbits as well as lesser-known culinary treats like muskrat and beaver.  Waterfowl : How to make the most of available waterfowl, ranging from favorites like mallards and wood ducks to more challenging birds, such as wild geese and diving ducks.  Upland Birds : A wide variety of butchering methods for all upland birds, plus recipes, including Thanksgiving wild turkey, grilled grouse, and a fresh take on jalapeño poppers made with mourning dove.  Freshwater Fish : Best practices for cleaning and cooking virtually all varieties of freshwater fish, including trout, bass, catfish, walleye, suckers, northern pike, eels, carp, and salmon.  Saltwater Fish : Handling methods and recipes for common and not-so-common species of saltwater fish encountered by anglers everywhere, from Maine to the Bahamas, and from Southern California to northern British Columbia.  Everything else : How to prepare great meals from wild clams, crabs, crayfish, mussels, snapping turtles, bullfrogs, and even sea cucumbers and alligators.    Whether you’re cooking outdoors or in the kitchen, at the campfire or on the grill, this cookbook will be an indispensable guide for both novices and expert chefs. “Rinella goes to the next level and offers some real deal culinary know-how to make sure that your friends and family will dig what you put on the table.”—Guy Fieri “A must-read cookbook for those seeking a taste of the wild.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition (November 20, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-0399590078
  • Dimensions: 8.31 x 1.1 x 10.26 inches


8. The Complete Cook's Country TV Show Cookbook Includes Season 13 Recipes: Every Recipe and Every Review from All Thirteen Seasons (COMPLETE CCY TV SHOW COOKBOOK)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

Hit the road with top-rated Cook's Country TV and devour another year of great American recipes. Discover new recipes from across the U.S. and cook them along with the cast of the hit TV show Cook's Country . The homegrown recipes cover both classic and regional favorites from small-town America to the big city. Season 13 recipe highlights include fresh takes on homey foods such as Cheesy Stuffed Shells, One-Batch Fried Chicken, and Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Pie as well as newly created recipes for Amish Cinnamon Bread, Eggplant Pecorino, and Greek Chicken. This cookbook has it all, from fluffy omelets, pancakes, biscuits, and muffins to plenty of desserts, cakes, cookies, pies, and more. In addition to more than 475 foolproof recipes, there is information on the backstory and inspiration behind many of the dishes. A comprehensive shopping guide lists all of the winning products featured on the TV show including ketchup, strawberry jam, and vanilla ice cream.

  • Author: America's Test Kitchen
  • Publisher: Cook's Country (August 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1948703383
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.53 x 9.61 inches


9. The Official Ninja Foodi Grill Cookbook for Beginners: 75 Recipes for Indoor Grilling and Air Frying Perfection

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

Master your Ninja® Foodi™ Grill with this must-have cookbook for beginners The Ninja Foodi Grill Cookbook for Beginners is the official companion cookbook for the Ninja® Foodi™ Grill and a must-have for budding grill chefs who want to create delicious meals quickly and easily. Author Kenzie Swanhart, the head of the culinary and innovation team at Ninja, has created the ultimate beginner’s BBQ cookbook to help you master grilling with this one-of-a-kind device. She provides clear, step-by-step instructions for mouthwatering recipes like Maple-Glazed Chicken Wings, Honey-Lime Salmon, and Grilled Cinnamon Toast (grilling is for more than just dinner). The Ninja Foodi Grill Cookbook for Beginners will guide you on your grill journey using: Grilling 101 ―Start strong with basic instructions to help you set up, use, and maintain your grill. 75 delicious recipes ―Recipes range from Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak to vegetarian options like Southwest Stuffed Peppers. Appetizers and snacks include Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Chips. Delectable desserts like Churros with Chocolate Sauce will satisfy your sweet tooth. Tips and conversion tables ―Includes handy US-to-metric measurement conversions and helpful tips for swapping out ingredients to adapt your existing recipes for use with the Ninja Foodi Grill. Answers to common questions ―FAQs and cooking charts answer your biggest questions, like how long to preheat, when to use which mode, and more. Order the Ninja Foodi Grill Cookbook for Beginners to make creative meals that will save you time and take your grill game to the next level.

  • Author: Kenzie Swanhart
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (October 22, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-1641529426
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches


10. The Traeger Grill Bible • More Than a Smoker Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Master your Wood Pellet Grill with 200 Flavorful Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques for Beginners and Advanced Pitmasters

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Cooking - August 2021

Are you ready to master your Traeger grill and wow your friends and family at the next cookout? With a Traeger grill you don’t have to worry about flareups, temperature control, or fuel; so you can concentrate on the most important thing: how to create a showstopping meal ! BBQ Academy is pleased to present The Traeger Grill Bible, the most complete guide and cookbook with 200 tasty recipes to utilize your wood pellet grill to its full potential. We will guide from smoking techniques to the perfect wood pellet choices, from the best cuts to the most mouth-watering rubs, from meats to desserts and everything in between. Learn how to enhance every flavor and recipe with the amazing potential of your Traeger and the smoke of a real wood fire; as you will find out, you can cook anything on a Traeger! In this book you will discover: How to deliver perfectly smoked meats to your guests The best wood pellet for your recipes (learn more about it on page 24) Step-by-step guides to maintain your Traeger grill in perfect working conditions The perfect rubs and seasonings to get a smokin’ dinner How to bake and cook with your Traeger, because the fun doesn’t stop at smoking! The guide to cold-smoking: what you didn’t know your Traeger could do! The recipe for an award-winning brisket! A step-by-step guide to achieve the best pulled pork you will ever eat How to elevate your burger game to a smokin’ sensation (read all about it on page 107) Not just meats: this cookbook includes vegetarian and vegan options, as well as breads and desserts 200 show-stopping recipes that your family will love and your friends will envy ….and much, much more! The book includes a complete guide to smoke pork, beef, lamb, poultry, and game, as well as fish and seafood (including how to get your very own cold-smoked lox!) with easy step-by-step explanations of all the secret pitmasters’ techniques. All the recipes include a pellet recommendation and a side recommendation that you can easily cook on your Traeger. What are you waiting for? Get a copy of The Treager Bible  and get ready to craft you most amazing dinner yet!

  • Author: BBQ Academy
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 979-8668431540
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.41 x 10 inches