Multi-award-winning author, journalist, cooking teacher, and TV host, Steven Raichlen is the man who reinvented barbecue. His best-selling Barbecue! Bible cookbook series (5 million copies in print) and Primal Grill™ and Barbecue University™ TV shows on PBS have helped people all over the world ascend the ladder of grilling enlightenment.
Raichlen’s obsession with live fire cooking began with The Barbecue Bible (Workman, 1998), an IACP/Julia Child Award-winning encyclopedic study of global grilling chronicling his 4-year, 200,000-mile odyssey in pursuit of the world’s most remarkable grilling. How to Grill (Workman, 2000) was the world’s first step-by-step guide to live fire cooking, with more than 1000 color photographs, hailed by the New York Times as “astute, approachable, and eminently appealing.” How to Grill won an IACP Award and has more than 1.8 million copies in print.
BBQ USA (2003) — Raichlen’s 780-page, 650-photograph, 425-recipe love song to regional American barbecue — won a 2004 James Beard Award, while The New York Times’ bestselling Planet Barbecue (Workman, 2011) recounts Raichlen’s lifetime of traveling the world’s barbecue trail. Best Ribs Ever (Workman, 2012), celebrates what for many people is the most iconic barbecue dish — ribs — in all their global glory.
Raichlen’s 29 books also include Barbecue! Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades; Beer Can Chicken; the perennially popular Miami Spice (Workman Publishing), and the James Beard Award-winning Healthy Latin Cooking published in English and Spanish by Rodale. In 2012, Raichlen published his first novel, a foodie love story set on Martha’s Vineyard called Island Apart. In all Raichlen has won 5 James Beard Awards and 3 IACP awards, and his books have been translated into 17 languages, including French, Russian, and Japanese. As a journalist, Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, and all the major food magazines.
Raichlen’s TV shows include the popular Primal Grill™ and Barbecue University™ on PBS (and now airing everywhere from Germany to Israel to New Zealand), and the wildly popular Le Maitre du Grill, a French language barbecue show in Quebec. (Yes, Steven speaks French.) He has appeared on every major national TV and radio show, from The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CNN to Oprah, The View, Fresh Air and Morning Edition.
Raichlen has lectured on the history and culture of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and Harvard University. He also founded Barbecue University at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, hailed by Forbes.com as “one of the best and most fun three days ever.” Raichlen also created the Best of Barbecue and Planet Barbecue grilling accessory lines, manufactured by the Companion Group.
In 1975, Raichlen received a Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, as well as a Fulbright to study comparative literature. He holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and trained at the Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris. Steven and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between Miami, Florida, and Martha’s Vineyard.