Steven Raichlen

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Steven Raichlen is an American culinary writer, TV host, and most recently novelist.

Early life[edit]

Born March 11, 1953, in Nagoya, Japan[1][2] and raised in Baltimore, Maryland,[3] Raichlen graduated in 1975 from Reed College with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature.[4] He received a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship to study medieval cooking in Europe, and was offered a Fulbright Scholarship to study comparative literature. He trained at Le Cordon Bleu and La Varenne cooking schools in Paris.[5]

Raichlen lives with his wife, Barbara, in Coconut Grove, Florida[6] and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[7]


Since 1998, Raichlen's books have focused on the culture and practice of global grilling. His 28 books include The Barbecue Bible (1998, revised in 2008), How to Grill (2001), BBQ USA, Miami Spice, and Healthy Latin Cooking. His books have been translated into 15 languages. Raichlen also wrote Planet Barbecue!, the story of his travels to more than 50 countries in search of the best barbecue, published by Workman Publishing in 2010.[8]

Raichlen currently hosts Primal Grill (American Public Television, 3 seasons, 2008–present). According to the show's Web site, the new series focuses on the "how-tos" of live fire cooking, employing different grills for each technique, including South American methods on large wood-fired Grillworks models. Raichlen, who holds a degree in French literature from Reed College, also hosts a French-language TV show called Le Maitre du Grill on Zeste in Quebec. Raichlen created the TV show Barbecue University (aka BBQ U, American Public Television, 4 Seasons, 2003–2006).

Raichlen is the founder of Barbecue University, which offers three-day intensive courses on live fire cooking at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.[9]

Steven Raichlen has won five James Beard awards for his cookbooks. High-Flavor, Low-Fat Cooking won the 1993 award for Best Light and Healthy Cookbook, and his follow-up, High-Flavor, Low-Fat Vegetarian Cooking, won the 1996 award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook.[5] In 1999, Healthy Latin Cooking won the award for Healthy Focus.[10] He also earned the 2001 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Award for his Healthy Jewish Cooking[5][11] More recently his 780-page book, BBQ USA, won the 2004 award for Tools and Techniques[12]

In 2003, Bon Appetit named Raichlen “Cooking Teacher of the Year," the same year that The Barbecue Bible, based on his four years of research while traveling 150,000 miles through 25 countries on five continents, won an IACP Julia Child Award.[5]

Originally from Baltimore, Raichlen has been known to further careers of such barbecue pitmasters thanks to his writing. One being Wayne Mark Schafer, of Baltimore's Pit Beef fame Big Fat Daddy's who was featured in Raichlen's NY Times Article and 425 Fiery Recipes Book.[13]

He battled and defeated Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba in a "Battle of the Barbecue Gods" on Japanese television.

Raichlen has written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Food and Wine, "Bon Appetit" and Hemispheres magazines.[4] He has appeared on numerous television programs and networks including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Discovery Channel, Oprah, Regis & Kelly, The View and CNN.[4][5]

In 2012, he released his first novel, Island Apart, about a Chappaquiddick hermit's developing relationship with a cancer patient.[7]





  1. ^ "Steven Raichlen". Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA: 425 fiery recipes from all across America limited preview on Google Books
  3. ^ Sullivan, Kate. License to Grill,, 5/8/2008, retrieved 9/21/2008
  4. ^ a b c Barbecue Bible
  5. ^ a b c d e Star Chefs
  6. ^ "About Steven Raichlen". Barbeque University. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Larsen, Peter (June 20, 2012). "BBQ expert Steven Raichlen brings first novel to O.C.". Orange County Register. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Barber, Cathy (18 May 2010). "Steven Raichlen's 'Planet Barbecue!' reveals the fascinating world of the grill". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Barbecue Bible Web Site
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  11. ^ James Beard
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  13. ^ New York Times Article Featuring Big Fat Daddy's

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