Kenny 13 wrote:
I actually like BBQ USA better than How to Grill, but they are the two best. I use them more than any of the others. I guess you'll just have to get em both.
I really like both of those books, but for a novice I think How to Grill is better because of the step by step photos for a lot of things.
How To Grill is the one I'd recommend for folks starting out. And yes, BBQ USA is my personal favorite, but How To Grill is the one I always recommend for beginners and novices because it's much easier to wrap your mind around. The reason I like it is because of those step-by-step photos - they help out very well when you're just starting out, or when you're unfamiliar with a recipe or technique. BBQ USA is more of a BBQ encyclopedia - tons of information and recipes, but not a lot of pictures.
One of the guys at my local BBQ specialty store credits me with helping him sell over two dozen copies of How To Grill last year just on my referrals alone. One of my friends I recommended the book to says it actually improved her marriage. She says her husband is now a good cook on top of all his other good points, and he's spending a lot more time in the kitchen which is fine by her.
There's a third choice, too, and that's the new 10th anniversary of The Barbecue Bible. I've gone through three copies of the original - mostly because I've lent the book to someone who never gave it back.
I've got a spot reserved on my bookshelf already reserved for it, and I should be gtting it next month. You might want to consider it for your second big BBQ book after How To Grill, too.