The book Australian barbecue enthusiasts have not only been waiting for, but have been dreaming about, is out now: a comprehensive and inspirational celebration of the joys of cooking, brilliantly, out of doors and over solid fuel.

And of course, it is the work of national barbecue hero Bob Hart – his third, smoky offering after his seminal best sellers, HEAT & SMOKE and HEAT & SMOKE II.

As always, it is packed with fresh and innovative ideas, mountains of ingenuity and originality, and Hart’s sparkling wit. Inevitably, it is exquisitely photographed by Melbourne ace Manuela Cifra and deliciously designed by Dot Alcaide – the dream team! And then there is the food…

Techniques and creations are here that no other barbecue book has tackled, all shaped around Hart’s passion for flavours, textures and revelations.

Try his lobster tails roasted over hickory, or his reverse-seared steaks with Japanese or even Thai inflections; or the ways in which a touch of wood-smoke is worked into prawn and corn tacos, or flawless Peking duck. Or even into the best tandoori chicken you have ever eaten.


SKU: 0004

ISBN: 978-0-646-97442-2
Author: Bob Hart
Photography: Manuela Cifra

BOB HART’S BARBECUE UNPLUGGED — like its predecessors, HEAT & SMOKE and HEAT & SMOKE II — is a stylish and eye-catching book of 148 pages, this time between hard covers, with some of the most eye-catching and seductive live barbecue photographs ever captured: this is a book that not only tells it the way it is, but also shows it the way it is. Also, it is a book that takes us well beyond the standard fare of modern barbecue.

Here, new and stunning techniques for cooking such things as oysters, king prawns, even lobster tails and slabs of super-premium fish are outlined and explored.

Chicken is enchantingly prepared with Mexican leanings, fresh figs and even using classical Indian techniques. And the mighty rib-eye steak – Hart’s particular favourite, and unquestionably the premium steak of this generation – is realigned along Asian lines in ways never before contemplated.

All that, and sweet, smoking desserts, also. In short, a book of total surprises, and a totally surprising book.