Several recent books by women authors offer excellent advice on grilling and barbecue:
“Smokin' in the Boys' Room: Southern Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue,” by Melissa Cookston (Andrews McMeel, $22.99)
Cookston, a three-time world barbecue champ, shares her story of winning in the male-dominated world of barbecue and shares her tips on making tasty pig, as well as BBQ Meat Loaf, Tomato Jam and Smoked Pork Loin with Blackberry Chutney.
The Kansas City-based “BBQ Queens” pass along their tips for making great pies and Italian-style delicacies on the home grill, including Mozzarella and Chive-Basil Pesto Pizza, Grilled Fresh Fig and Gorgonzola Flatbreads and BBQ Pulled Pork Calzones.
“Cooking With Fire,” by Paula Marcoux (Storey, $19.95)
No grill? No problem. Marcoux, a food historian, takes us back to paleo times with this outstanding book about cooking over a campground-style wood fire. The cookbook covers everything from s'mores to Sea Scallop Lollipops to Saarlandischer Schwenkbraten, a Nordic dish of pork neck.