The book Australian barbecue enthusiasts have not only been waiting for, but have been dreaming about, is out now: a comprehensive and inspirational celebration of the joys of cooking, brilliantly, out of doors and over solid fuel.
And of course, it is the work of national barbecue hero Bob Hart – his third, smoky offering after his seminal best sellers, Heat & Smoke and Heat & Smoke II.
As always, it is packed with fresh and innovative ideas, mountains of ingenuity and originality, and Hart’s sparkling wit. Inevitably, it is exquisitely photographed by Melbourne ace Manuela Cifra and deliciously designed by Dot Alcaide – the dream team! And then there is the food…
Techniques and creations are here that no other barbecue book has tackled, all shaped around Hart’s passion for flavours, textures and revelations.
Try his lobster tails roasted over hickory, or his reverse-seared steaks with Japanese or even Thai inflections; or the ways in which a touch of wood-smoke is worked into prawn and corn tacos, or flawless Peking duck. Or even into the best tandoori chicken you have ever eaten.