Good Life Guy likes to cook outside, there is nothing like the smell of grilling or slow cooking meat over a wood or charcoal fire.  My guest this week is the KING of Outdoor cooking and Bar-B-Que, Steven Raichlen with his latest book “Man Made Meals – The Essential Cookbook for Guys.”

Steven really knows the pleasure men get from cooking, the joy they take in having the skills, the need to show off a little bit. His Barbecue!
Bible
 books have over 4.7 million copies in print—and now he leads his readers from the grill into the kitchen. Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen.

Man Made Meals is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire.) It’s about adopting secrets from the pros—how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It’s about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it’s about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It’s about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure. These are recipes with a decided guy appeal, like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Fire-Eater Chicken Wings, Black Kale Caesar, Down East Lobster Rolls, Skillet Rib Steak, Porchetta, Finger-Burner Lamb Chops, Yardbird’s Fried Chicken, Blackened Salmon, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways, and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups.

Image of Steven RaichlenSteven Raichlen is a multi-award winning author, journalist, television host, and now novelist. His books include the international blockbusters The Barbecue Bible and How to Grill and the New York Times bestselling Planet Barbecue. His new novel, Island Apart, tells a story of love, loss, redemption and really good food set on Martha’s Vineyard. Translated into 15 languages, Raichlen’s books have won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP-Julia Child Awards and have sold more than 4 million copies. Raichlen also hosts the popular TV shows, Primal Grill and Barbecue University on PBS, and a French language show called Le Maitre du Grill. He lives and writes in Coconut Grove, Florida, and on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Learn about Steven: www.stevenraichlen.com
Learn about Steven’s TV show Primal Grill: www.primalgrill.org
Sign up for Steve’s Newsletter “Up In Smoke”: www.barbecuebible.com

Carol SheltonIn the second half I’ll be chatting with Carol Shelton “Zin Master” about her journey in wine. Ms. Shelton is widely cited as the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has won countless medals for her wines and has been honored as Winemaker of the Year numerous times. After years of working with some of the industry’s top winemakers and wineries, Carol continues to win awards and accolades for premium Zinfandels produced under her own brand, Carol Shelton Wines.   www.carolshelton.com 

Of course we will finish up with the wine of the week  :-)

Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2011 Carol Shelton “Wild Thing” Mendocino County Old vine Zinfandel

Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides — this wild-looking old vine Zinfandel offers fruit that winemaker Carol Shelton, with her 35+ years of experience and creativity, has transformed into a wine that is concentrated yet soft, creamy and full of flavor. Our Wild Thing Zinfandel was named for these wild- looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or “wild,” yeast ferment that was used to create it. It takes a lot of effort to tame this wild fruit, but it is worth all the trouble.  

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:  77% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 8% Primitivo, 2% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Syrah, 1% Barbera, 1% Petite Sirah. Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint of vanilla-oak loveliness, smoothly textured in mouth, very creamy and round, the finish is long and has lush jammy fruit — this wine is dangerously good! Remember – you are what you drink ….

If you have never had any of Carol’s Zin, you are “Out were the buses don’t run!”  Fix it today, stop by Jacob Liquor Exchange and get a bottle

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