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But our team doesn't just answer questions and keep the flames of debate burning. We also sit down now and then to go deep into the subjects we love most. Between us, we have written and collaborated on dozens of cookbooks, mostly on barbecue and grilling, but also on things like food science and wood oven cooking. Some of these books are at the top of their class. Don't take it from us. According to the New York Times, and dozens of other book critics, Meathead's book Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling was one of the best cookbooks of all time! Our editor Dave Joachim's The Science of Good Food won an award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a World Gourmand Cookbook Award, a Cordon D'or Culinary Academy Award, and was a finalist for a James Beard Award for best food reference book. Our team's other books are also highly acclaimed and run the gamut from griddle grilling and kamado cooking to tailgating and wine country cooking.

These books make fantastic gifts for the food lover in your life. Click the links to see our short reviews and check prices online.

Meathead BBQ Book
With 400 pages and more than 400 of my photographs plus color illustrations, there is new material and new recipes not on this website, and the whole thing is organized so that you can sit down in an easy chair and flow from start to finish. read more
sous vide que book
By marriage of water and fire, sous vide with the grill and smoker, we can achieve extraordinary results, in some cases, better than with either cooking method on its own. You can get extraordinarily tender, juicy, safe, and flavorful foods. With this exclusive book you will learn all the basics of sous vide que. read more
Amazing Ribs Made Easy Book
Discover everything you need to know for preparing America's favorite food, pork ribs, with this comprehensive book. In it you'll find several tasty recipes, a glossary of rib terminology, a guide to prepping ribs including how to remove the membrane and trim them, recommended smokers and grills, and so much more. read more
Science of Good Food book cover
The authors explain what ingredients are made of, how they behave when cooked, and how various methods work. A very thorough A to Z encyclopedia of food science. read more
The Best Barbecue on Earth book cover
With this groundbreaking book, you can experience grilling across 6 continents in 25 countries with 170 recipes. Here's where barbecue goes global: pitmaster Rick Browne travels all over the world to bring you the best outdoor-cooking recipes on earth, all adapted for American grills and kitchens. read more
Fire It Up book cover
A big, heavy, beautifully photographed book that feels authoritative. The intro material is short, but high quality. read more
The Tailgater's Cookbook, Kindle Edition cover
This cookbook provides 75 must-have recipes to make at the game or take along for tailgating. Feast on beer boiled shrimp, Memphis style ribs, and sophisticated desserts like tiramisu. Also includes tips on planning and essential equipment for cooking up a great party in the parking lot. read more
Williams Sonoma Grill School book cover
From bestselling authors and grill experts David Joachim and Andrew Schloss comes Williams-Sonoma Grill School: 150+ Recipes & Essential Lessons for Cooking on Fire. This all-inclusive guide to grilling features 30 easy-to-master lessons, dozens of failproof techniques, and over 100 mouthwatering recipes. read more
Mastering the Grill book cover
This New York Times bestselling grill guide helps you understand the science of grilling so you can transform it into an art. Find hundreds of tips and techniques, mouthwatering photos, and 350 surefire recipes, including everything from rubs and marinades to appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. read more
A Man A Can A Grill book cover
David Joachim is back with 50 no sweat recipes you can fire up fast. Feast on hearty, healthy fare like Beer-Flamed Fajitas, Badass BBQ Chicken, Jah Mon Jerk Pork, Fungus Amungus Burgers, and more. Step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs make cooking foolproof for even the most culinarily challenged dudes. read more
The Flippin Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook cover
Grill up a mess of delicious eats in your own backyard. With the tips, techniques and recipes in this book, you can cook authentic diner and burger joint recipes in no time, including Diner-Style Omelets, Buttermilk Pancakes, Smashed Burgers, Asian Seared Salmon, and Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream. read more
Kissed by Fire book cover
This book is a must-have for anyone with a wood-burning oven. It helps you develop an instinct for the primal force of fire itself. You’ll also learn to cook by sight and sound. Find tips on tools and enjoy dishes as varied as Wood-Oven-Baked Eggs, Ultimate Thyme-Roasted Chicken, and Wood-Grilled Cowboy Steaks. read more
The Cook & The Butcher book cover
Here are 100 delicious recipes using popular cuts of meat, plus loads of tips from America's favorite butchers. Each chapter begins with quick-cooking cuts and easy methods like stir-frying, then progresses to grilling, pan-frying, roasting, and braising. The perfect book for meat lovers and aspiring butchers. read more
The New Wine Country Cookbook cover
The New Wine Country Cookbook. Move over Napa, here is the only up-to-date, stunningly photographed gift book available on California’s hottest, fastest-growing wine country, the Central Coast, with 120 wine-friendly and wine-inclusive recipes. read more
1001 Best Grilling Recipes book cover
The definitive book on grilling everything from appetizers and side dishes to lamb, beef, hamburgers, sausages, fish & shellfish, wild game, chicken, game birds, turkey, pork, and desserts. Author Rick Browne is among the country's best-known grilling authorities, and this book is the only grilling book you'll need. read more


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Dave Joachim Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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