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BOOK REVIEW

Melissa Cookston is bringing the heat with her second cookbook

Melissa Cookston, the “winningest woman in barbecue,” the only female barbecue world champion, and author of Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room, is bringing the heat with her second cookbook. Smokin’ Hot in the South explores how to use fire in all its forms to craft more than 85 Southern-influenced recipes.  Melissa also brings in some international flavors to spice up dishes and meld with her Southern take on grilling and smoking.

With the grill and smoker as her go-to tools, Melissa Cookston — named “One of the most influential pitmasters in America” by Fox News and one of the “25 Super Women in Business” by the Memphis Business Journal in 2015 — shares her all-new, modern interpretations of traditional Southern ingredients and recipes. Melissa explains how the culinary traditions of the South — long a bastion of slow-simmered vegetables and deep-fried everything — have expanded in the last decade to embrace Southwestern flavors, Asian spices, and the French palate. The nine chapters venture beyond the competition and barbecue principles of her first book and focus on instilling flavor with fire, using fresh herbs, and diversifying seasoning components in recipes that reflect the New South. She fire-roasts homegrown green tomatoes for a spicy take on a traditional pizza sauce and uses a barbecue smoker to add Southern nuance to porchetta. Also includes recipes for Butterbean Pate, Grilled Coconut Cake, Asian Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Rind Pickles and Minted Watermelon Salad, Deep South Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Fried Green Tomatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Blood Orange-Jalapeno Glaze, Mini Sage Biscuits with Homemade Sage Butter, and Caramelized Fig Clafoutis. She also covers the tools, techniques, and ingredients needed to be successful grillling or smoking at home.

The book will be available at all major bookstores May 10, and is available on Amazon as a pre-order now.  Signed copies may be picked up at her Memphis Barbecue Company restaurants or ordered from Memphisbbqco.com, along with her signature sauces and seasonings

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