Ditch the boring gas grill and light your fire with this comprehensive guide from the author of The New Camp Cookbook. The Backyard Fire Cookbook offers techniques and recipes to master cooking with live fire and coals, including smoking, planking, cast iron, foil packs, and more.
In The Backyard Fire Cookbook, author Linda Ly will teach you how to master the flames, as well as a variety of other techniques—all possible in your own backyard. For the adventurous, start by building a home fire pit. It's easier than it sounds and requires minimal investment of time and space. If you'd rather not, that's okay! There are plenty of other options, from vessel fire pits to cowboy grills to open-grate grills. Even a tabletop charcoal grill will give you more flavor than cooking with gas. Ly also covers everything you need to know about fuel sources (hardwoods and charcoal types), building fires, fire safety, and how to be an efficient outdoor chef.
The recipes let you choose your own adventure, with dozens of options for live fire cooking, charcoal grills, cast iron, and foil pack cooking. Next-level techniques like hot smoking, cold smoking, and planking are all part of the fun, too.