Back of Must-Read: BBQ Bash Last year I received a copy of BBQ Bash: The Be-All, End-All Party Guide, from Barefoot to Black Tie ($16.95) by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig. I quickly flipped through the pages, but since it was October, I stored it on the book shelf. Then two weeks ago I was sitting on my couch, looked up, and swore BBQ Bash jumped out at me. I scooped it up and started reading. To find out why I couldn't put this book down — even on the bus — . Pros: It's written by two females, the BBQ Queens, so instead of taking a stereotypical manly point of view, the tone offers a refreshing anyone-can-do-it attitude. Filled with hundreds of mouthwatering recipes, helpful tips, party plans, interesting lists (example: 15 different flavored butters), general information on grilling, smoking, and barbecuing. To the authors, barbecue is a 24/seven, 365-day-a-year thing — meaning there is something for everyone. The party plans are festive and fun. They include such themes as A Black-Tie Barbecue, Home For the Holidays Barbecue, and A Cozy Dinner a Deux. There're plenty of cocktail recipes, too. Cons: Lack of photos. There's a small color photo spread in the center of the book that features 14 images. Other than that, the book is photo-free. Some of the recipes call for specialty ingredients like artisanal prosciutto, peppadews, and tarragon vinegar. Other recipes are uncreative and rely on store-made products. A salmon recipe is little more than salmon fillets marinated in Italian dressing and Seafood Magic rub. There's no index or list of the drink recipes making them hard to find. Recipes: Each recipe is followed up with helpful pointers: to "deck it out" (make the dish seem more formal), to "take it easy" (simplify the recipe), to "change it up" (meat, herb, and cheese substitutions), and to "raise a glass" (alcoholic beverage pairing suggestions). Here are some that caught my eye: ADVERTISEMENT Rioja-style grilled pork tenderloin tapas Limoncello spritzers Big Easy grilled beef tenderloin, Zinfandel-glazed baby back ribs with a kiss of smoke Blue cheese coleslaw Grilled Winter-greens with warm cranberry port-vinaigrette Grilled chocolate crostini Dulce de leche sauce Imagery: As mentioned above, there are only 14 color photos. The rest of the book is filled with curvy illustrations. Overall: If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining and don't mind a cookbook without images, this book is perfect for you! View 7 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Comments chiefdishwasher 8 years I will BBQ (grill) in the snow.............. lickety-split 8 years :bbq: IS a lifestyle. i embrace the 365 day a year idea!