PBS star and Barbecue Hall of Famer Steven Raichlen will visit Phoenix June 5-6 to celebrate the publication of his new cookbook “Project Smoke,” with a signing at Changing Hands and a dinner at Southern Rail, both located at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road.

It used to be that barbecue was only available at smokehouses or roadside joints, where an experienced pitmaster smoked heirloom family recipes in custom-built pits. But, for the first time, access to affordable equipment, ingredients, and materials is allowing home cooks to participate in this iconic American culinary tradition. As a James Beard Award-winning global grilling and smoking authority who has revolutionized the art of smoking food and adapting it to modern tastes, Raichlen has followed his fascination with live fire cooking to over six continents and 60 countries. Raichlen demystifies the classics, such as brisket and smoked salmon, but also shows how to smoke vegetables, cocktails, and even desserts in Project Smoke.

He will sign copies of his new book at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at Changing Hands. Tickets for the book and signing are $22.95 plus tax and include the book and admission to the signing line. Visit www.changinghands.com and click on the June events calendar to follow the link to RSVP for the event.

In addition, on June 6 Raichlen will host a special three-course barbecue dinner at Southern Rail from 6-9 p.m. The dinner is prepared by Chef Justin Beckett, inspired by the bold flavors and expert techniques from “Project Smoke,” and includes an intimate dinner discussion on smoking, barbecue, and everything grilling. The cost is $79 per person (plus service fees) and includes a copy of the cookbook, which Raichlen will sign during tableside meet-and-greets during the dinner. Gratuity is included. The dinner seats 200; to make a reservation, call 602-200-0085 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2538865.



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