Baltimore native/barbecue guru Steven Raichlen returns home tomorrow (May 21) to promote his new book Planet Barbecue. He’ll be giving a presentation and signing books at the Borders in Columbia from 7-9 p.m.
For the book (638 pages), Steve traveled to 53 countries and six continents. He’s come a long way from his Pikesville roots and graduation from Milford Mill Senior High.
The book, with recipes, is an ambitious, worthwhile guide to the world’s barbecue trail with tips, history, and local lore. Steve acknowledges Maryland as the place to get pit beef—"thinly sliced beef round grilled and served on a kaiser roll with horseradish sauce."
I caught up with Steve yesterday during his whirlwind book tour. Here’s what he had to say via e-mail:
What do you miss most about living in Baltimore?
Steamed crabs in general. Crab cakes (but not as much as steamed crabs).
Where do you like to eat when you're here?
Any place that serves steamed crabs. Gunnings. Obryki's (on a good night or when they know I'm coming). Bo Brooks. And, of course, Faidley's at Lexington Market for crab cakes.
Where do you live now?
Mostly on planes, but home base is Miami, with the summer months in Chappaquiddick, Martha's Vineyard.
What's your next project?
A novel—a love story that takes place on an island off the coast of New England!
I’ve met Steve in the past. He’s a really nice guy. You won’t be disappointed if you go to the book signing.