Planking Secrets: Grilling With Planks for Unbeatable Barbecue Flavor (Anglais) Broché – février 2007
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"Planking Secrets" is by far the best of the lot. The discussion of the history, science, and technique of plank grilling is second to none, and the recipes are the best I have ever tried. Every time I cook a recipe from this book I get rave reviews. Just tonight I cooked a maple-planked chateubriand with a coffe/cocoa/cinnamon/pecan/pepper rub from page 154 that was so good it left everyone literally speechless. If you are going to try plank grilling you simply have to own this book. The Author clearly knows just about everyone who is anyone when it comes to fine foods, because some of the best in the business have contributed recipes and techniques to this book.
I don't think Mr. Griffo, who gives this book a negative review, knows what he is talking about. As noted, I have read several books and a lot of internet discussion and I see a pretty even split between the two camps. It is telling that this book has the best recipes and many were contributed by well-known professionals who clearly respect the author and his methods. My guess is that they know more than Mr. Griffo.
This is a great book, buy it.
His concern is misinformed.
There is virtually no risk of fire spreading off the barbecue when putting a soaked plank on open flames while cooking. Indeed, that is the art and science of planking.
I've given several copies of this books to friends far more skilled on the grill than I. Reviews are 100% positive.
Every dish we've tried has been excellent. He's both a great cook and entertaining writer.
Five stars from this reviewer. Though I like Shewchuk's "Barbecue Secrets" cookbook even better.
So now for a few words about the book(s): I just left 2 fairly negative reviews for the other 2 books for various reasons, primarily the recipes. This book, I have to say, is different. The recipes are actually pretty good! I have tried about half a dozen to a dozen of the recipes and the results were almost uniformily good (to great!). The flavors meld well together, there are no outrageous/incongruous ingredient combinations as in one of the other books, and recipe themes are respected (i.e. an Asian themed recipe will have the recquisite Asian themed ingredients and not try to "out-do" itself by an addition of something out of left field). One reason is that Mr. Shewchuk carefully adapts many of the recipes from well established chefs who, in turn, concentrate on the cooking and not on cookbook writing for a commercial return.
All in all, I like this book. The only reason I didn't give it a perfect 5 stars is because, alas, Mr. Shewchuk's folksy, apron/cowboy hat demeanor is sometimes irritating. A little bit of decorum and seriousness for the task at hand would have been better. Cooking should be fun, not silly.