Chowhounds recommend a handful of go-to reference works for grilling novices seeking to master the basics. Steven Raichlen’s How to Grill: The Complete Illustrated Book of Barbecue Techniques “[c]overs everything you need to get started and then some,” nofunlatte says.

smtucker thinks Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby’s Thrill of the Grill is “very good if you like [their] style of food which is pretty bold and uses lots of mangoes for the salsas and sauces.” magz0r recommends Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling and Weber’s Time to Grill, both by Jamie Purviance, which cover “everything from setting up a grill to cooking or smoking somewhat complex recipes,” magz0r says. “Lots of good pictures too.”

When you’re ready to expand your library, check out CHOW’s list of Great Grilling and Barbecue Cookbooks.

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