Award-winning author and grilling expert Paula Disbrowe shows home cooks how to elevate everyday meals with seductive, smoky flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for smoking meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, nuts, grains, pantry staples, and even cocktails on a smoker or grill in as little as 30 minutes.
Featuring an impressive array of smoke-infused recipes that extend well beyond the realm of rib joints, Thank You for Smoking shows home cooks how easy it is to rig a gas or charcoal grill or use a backyard smoker to infuse everything you love to eat--from veggies and greens to meat and fish--with a smoky nuance. Encompassing a wide range of recipes easy enough for weeknight cooking like Ginger Garlic Chicken and San Antonio-Style Flank Steak Tacos, as well as longer smokes like Smoky Chuck Roast with Coffee and Whiskey or Holiday Ham with Red Boat Salt, this varied collection also includes ideas for smoking vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds for the kind of fresh, plant-based dishes people want to eat right now: Smoked Farro with Wild Mushrooms and Halloumi, Swiss Chard Slab Pie with Smoked Peppercorn Crust, and Smoked Chickpeas with Spinach and Saffron Yogurt. And because firing up dinner is best enjoyed with an adult beverage, this complete guide also helps you set up your bar for modern smoke-kissed cocktails.
About the Author
PAULA DISBROWE writes about the endless adventure of food and travel, from vanilla plantations in French Polynesia, single malt distilleries in Scotland, olive groves in Spain, and salmon boats in Alaska. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Coastal Living, Food & Wine, Texas Highways, and Delta Sky, among other national publications. Disbrowe has written or co-written six cookbooks, including Food52's Any Night Grilling; Cowgirl Cuisine; Crescent City Cooking with Susan Spicer; Down Home with the Neelys with Patrick and Gina Neely, a New York Times bestseller; Real Cajun with Donald Link, a James Beard Award winner for Best American Cookbook; and Down South with Donald Link, an IACP Award winner for Best American Cookbook. She lives in Austin, Texas.
“This is an outstanding collection that deserves a slot on any self-respecting griller’s bookshelf.” – Publishers Weekly
“Thank you, Paula, for inviting women back to live-fire cooking, and for this incredibly informative and beautiful book. Thank You for Smoking proves that almost anything we’ve enjoyed without smoke may be enjoyed – subtly or boldly – with smoke. There’s nothing gimmicky about the dishes. I’m so excited to cook from this book.” – Carla Hall, TV chef and author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food
“Turning her attention to everyone’s favorite flavor, Paula Disbrowe has taken the notion of smoking and extended it to vegetables, salads, beverages, and a host of other genres where it rightly belongs, all in a simple and easy-to-execute style. Smoked Chickpeas with Spinach and Saffron Yogurt is my new favorite side dish, and if you want a giant hunk of smoky nuance, make the ham with Red Boat salt recipe this weekend.” – Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods
“Paula Disbrowe and I go way back. I recall her excitement about these smoky flavors (and how to achieve them) from decades ago. As I sip one of her simple, delightfully smoky cocktails, I marvel at how this book offers so many tasty ways to look at food!” – Alex Guarnaschelli, author of The Home Cook and executive chef at Butter Restaurant.
“Thank You for Smoking gives grillers the confidence to take backyard cooking to the next level. Whether you’re experienced on the smoker or lighting wood for the first time, this book provides the tools to master the most flavorful part of barbecue. Paula offers clear and creative explanations of how to apply smoking techniques to even the most unexpected ingredients, with recipes for everything from cocktails to dessert.” – Rodney Scott, pit master at Rodney Scott’s BBQ