Beyond cookbooks, I love travel books. The new generation of travel books are more like encyclopedias. They provide A-Z details for your destination. One small book will cover history, geography, airports, how to mail a letter, and where to hike on a rainy day. It’s wonderful to have the total package with all the information you need. Better yet, it’s ideal when all that information is actually correct.
Back to cookbooks. If you go to the barbeque section of your local bookstore, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. There are a lot books there, and many of them tend to be hefty. Lots of oversized pages with advice that varies and even contradicts from one book to another. It’s easy to become confused. And all you want to do is cook a chicken with something interesting and gooey spread on it!
Look carefully in that barbeque section. Push those big volumes aside. Look for the slimmer one, the one that looks like a travel book. Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned by Elizabeth Karmel is the one book you want. It is the encyclopedia, the book you can trust. Soaked is filled with wonderful recipes including ones both interesting and gooey for that chicken you have waiting.