Barbecue Nation is a culinary mosaic of what 14 million Americans like to do most when it comes to cooking--make dinner at the grill. Author Fred Thompson has searched across the U.S. for America's best backyard cooks and their favorite recipes--not chefs' fancy interpretations of barbecue classics or pitmasters' ways with barbecue that the reader can't reproduce at home, but 350 recipes that are easy to recreate in anybody's backyard. The book reflects America's ever-changing populations, with recipes with the flavors of Cuba from South Florida, or Brooklyn-born Jamaican jerk, or the taste of Vietnam from the coast of Texas, as well as the country's regional bounties, including grilled salmon recipes from the Pacific Northwest, brats from the Midwest, and Delta Grilled Catfish.
Fred Thompson is a food, wine, and travel writer and is publisher of "Edible Piedmont". He is author of ten cookbooks, including "Barbecue Nation: 350 Hot-off-the-Grill, Tried-and-True Recipes from America's Backyard" and "The Big Book of Fish and Shellfish: More than 250 Terrific Recipes". He is the Weekend Gourmet columnist for the Raleigh "News and Observer".