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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press (July 2 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054637
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 22.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 562 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #760,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1950s, "returning GIs wanted the picket-fenced home, a new car in the garage, and a patio with a barbecue. Yes, man was master of the flame, singeing his eyebrows while smoking out the neighbors." With that visual, author Linda Everett kicks off The Retro Barbecue, a colorful, kitschy, if slightly bizarre collection of barbecue recipes presented through the prism of 1950s America. During that decade "the popularity of the backyard barbecue quickly spread," says Everett, and her book is decorated with a deluge of grilling-related pictures and ads of the era, including ones for Ronson Fire-Starter Fuel ("Starts Barbecues Instantly! No Work! No Wait!") and the Master Barbecue Grill ("Eating Thrills for Family and Friends"). Baked in with all the nostalgia, though, is a bountiful array of intriguing, tasty American recipes, spanning meats, salads, sauces, drinks, desserts, and more. Highlights include Boston Harbor Baked Beans, Prairie Dogs (sliced hot dogs filled with American cheese), and Rosarita Beach Burgers, which are topped off with dollops of refried beans and avocado ("messy, but oh so yummy!"). Ultimately, this is a fun, goofy cookbook with plenty of retro charm. --Andy Boynton

About the Author

Linda Everett is the author of several books in addition to being an award-winning watercolor artist. She has done freelance writing and research for several prominent media companies, including A&E's Biography and MSNBC. From a family of cooks, she currently makes her home in Ocean Park, WA amidst a large collection of cookbooks and recipes.

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Format: Hardcover
"Retro Barbecue" by Linda Everett is a refreshing return to the era when few knew (and no one cared) about cholesterol, saturated fat and salt and big hunks of meat were the measure of a mother's love for family and friends. Not that we shouldn't eat a healthy diet, but there is something satisfying about revisiting an era where things really tasted good and when portions covered the plate. The book's pictures remind us that the backyard barbecue was the first serious foray of the average man into cooking and also illustrate the diversity of barbecue grills and fireplaces that predated today's expensive, stainless steel fabrications of ..., ... etc.
I found the recipes quite excellent and wide-ranging. One trying to recreate the backyard feast of their childhood should easily be able to do so with the broad range of side dishes and meats described. Watch your sodium intake for a week, check your blood pressure then indulge in a bit of comfort food that most of us would find far more satisfying than the small and expensive entree in our local gourmet restaurant.
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Like the title mentioned, this book is so much fun! From the visually stunning colors and wonderful combinations, to the layout per page and the placement of every illustration, everything is just a pleasure to see.
I have been through this book and am always amazed and how much I like it, every time. I am especially fond of the trivia and other tidbits on the pages that has to do with the time period, not necessarily cooking.
The photos and illustrations of cooking utensils and other apparel are very fun! Of course, the recipes where one would use said utensils are also wonderful. I am hoping to try them all.
Overall, I enjoy the images, color and of course the recipes very much. This is a great addition to any cookbook set and is fun just to have out for everyone to see.
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This book is a must have for the summer barbecue season. Not only are the recipes easy to read and follow, but the book itself has enticing illustrations and looks great on a coffee table. What I liked the most about the recipes themselves are the use of seasonings. They do not require you to run to the grocery store and buy a seasoning that you will never find a use for again. My favorite recipe is the "Hickory Hill's Bestever Pork Chops". I never would have thought a combination of dijon mustard and apricot preserves would mix well on pork chops, but it turns out fabulous! The books final fun perks are the trivia tidbits found on almost every page. They cover a wide variety of trivia of the 40's and 50's. Overall I highly recommend this cookbook.
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By A Customer on Aug. 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
I thought Retro Barbecue was a phenominal book. I highly recomend it to any outdoor griller. I though I ws savvy on the grill, but having this book handy really made a significant difference in how my food turned out. Thank you Linda Everett for teaching even me a thing or two on the grill
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Relief from California Cuisine July 22 2002
By "johns0082" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Retro Barbecue" by Linda Everett is a refreshing return to the era when few knew (and no one cared) about cholesterol, saturated fat and salt and big hunks of meat were the measure of a mother's love for family and friends. Not that we shouldn't eat a healthy diet, but there is something satisfying about revisiting an era where things really tasted good and when portions covered the plate. The book's pictures remind us that the backyard barbecue was the first serious foray of the average man into cooking and also illustrate the diversity of barbecue grills and fireplaces that predated today's expensive, stainless steel fabrications of ..., ... etc.
I found the recipes quite excellent and wide-ranging. One trying to recreate the backyard feast of their childhood should easily be able to do so with the broad range of side dishes and meats described. Watch your sodium intake for a week, check your blood pressure then indulge in a bit of comfort food that most of us would find far more satisfying than the small and expensive entree in our local gourmet restaurant.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Retro Barbecue - So Much Fun!! Aug. 2 2002
By Sam Jennings II - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like the title mentioned, this book is so much fun! From the visually stunning colors and wonderful combinations, to the layout per page and the placement of every illustration, everything is just a pleasure to see.
I have been through this book and am always amazed and how much I like it, every time. I am especially fond of the trivia and other tidbits on the pages that has to do with the time period, not necessarily cooking.
The photos and illustrations of cooking utensils and other apparel are very fun! Of course, the recipes where one would use said utensils are also wonderful. I am hoping to try them all.
Overall, I enjoy the images, color and of course the recipes very much. This is a great addition to any cookbook set and is fun just to have out for everyone to see.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Summertime necessity July 10 2002
By "jennilynne" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for the summer barbecue season. Not only are the recipes easy to read and follow, but the book itself has enticing illustrations and looks great on a coffee table. What I liked the most about the recipes themselves are the use of seasonings. They do not require you to run to the grocery store and buy a seasoning that you will never find a use for again. My favorite recipe is the "Hickory Hill's Bestever Pork Chops". I never would have thought a combination of dijon mustard and apricot preserves would mix well on pork chops, but it turns out fabulous! The books final fun perks are the trivia tidbits found on almost every page. They cover a wide variety of trivia of the 40's and 50's. Overall I highly recommend this cookbook.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Retro Barbecue Aug. 28 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thought Retro Barbecue was a phenominal book. I highly recomend it to any outdoor griller. I though I ws savvy on the grill, but having this book handy really made a significant difference in how my food turned out. Thank you Linda Everett for teaching even me a thing or two on the grill
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Probably the only cookbook I'll ever admit to reading. March 30 2011
By David A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My theory has always been "Get it to the stove, burn it, and I'll eat it!". I started reading this one day as it was laying there. I've always enjoyed nostalgia books and didn't realize this was a cookbook. Well a few hours and quite a few smiles and chuckles later I got to the end of the book. Very fun and interesting. (Ok I will admit I tried a few of the recipes in the book that sounded pretty good. Gets a chuckle around here when I try to cook with a recipe.). All of the rib recipes and the Coyote Canyon Skewered Beef are now favorites around here. Biggest problem with the book is I keep wandering off and getting lost in the other articles and ads. Good times await all who purchase this cookbook.


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