Mitchell Kaplan, Chef Allen Susser & The CafÃ© at Books & Books present “Project Smoke” Party in the Courtyard honoring Award-winning and bestselling author, PBS TV host, and Barbecue Hall of Famer, Steve Raichlen, with Live Music by Bruce Terkel Band, an autographed copy of his new book, “Project Smoke”: Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana, Plus 100 Irresistible Recipes From Classic (Slam-Dunk Brisket) to Adventurous (Smoked Bacon-Bourbon Apple Crisp), and a Buffet of Food Offerings based on recipes from the book.
The practice of smoking food has been part of the American culinary DNA since colonial times (in 1769, George Washington famously attended a three-day barbecue in Alexandria, VA). It used to be that smoked cuisine was only available at smokehouses or barbecue joints, where an experienced pitmaster smoked heirloom family recipes over hardwood fires in custom-built pits. But now, thanks to new fuels, new tools, new techniques, and a dazzling array of smokers, a new generation of home cooks can turn out competition-quality smoked foods in their own backyards and kitchens. Tickets are $50 per person. #ProjectSmoke @sraichlen