I spent three days towards the end of last summer shooting my first cookbook and it was a total blast. Day one consisted of covering a typical ManBQue monthly outing here in Chicago and the other two consisted of shooting many of the finished dishes contained in the book. The group has its roots here in town but now has chapters all over the world; men meeting monthly, swapping recipes, drinking beers and, well, being dudes. It turns out a few of the dudes have some serious cooking skills because Running Press decided to give them a cookbook deal and they did not disappoint. They took an already well covered genre and made it fun, unique and easy to grasp for cooking rookies like myself. Even the recipes that scream cheesy (not in the ingredient sense) such as the meat shot glasses filled with bacon-infused vodka are delicious and worth the effort. With summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to check out the ManBQue cookbook for yourself or any of your meat-loving friends.
Thanks to Paula Walters & Sandy Rosencrans, Joe Becerra & Dave Rentauskas, Joshua McDonnell and all the ManBQue dudes for help on this one. MANBQUE!