Techniques & Recipes for the Grill, Backyard Oven, Fireplace, and CampfireWelcome to the amazing, blazing world of wood-fired cooking. I invite you to explore this ancient yet contemporary form of cooking and community. Whether you are new to this form of cooking, just curious, or are already a devotee, let me guide you on comprehensive journeys of traditional and modern-day methods of wood-fired cooking. Along the way, I’ll share tips, some of my favorite recipes, and my recommended resources to enhance your cooking experience.
Cooking with FireFire is primal and alluring; elusive and magical. Humans are drawn to fire. The popularity of live-fire cooking continues to grow in restaurants and homes throughout America and beyond. Wood-fired cooking has a slower pace. It forces one to slow down and enjoy the process while creating delicious food. My first book, Wood-Fired Cooking, embraces this philosophy. This book grew out of my passion for cooking over many years with what I refer to as ‘the real deal’ fuel: aged hardwood, and char wood. I was (and am) regularly stoking fires in brick ovens, Big Green Egg's©, La Caja China© box roasters, or at grills, and campfires around the US. My wood-fired experiences evolved into teaching cooking classes on the topic, then on to writing Wood-Fired Cooking, published in 2009. I invite you to join me soon on its pages and at fireside in classes at culinary venues.
Come Along on a Blazing AdventureIf you are burning to learn all the fundamentals of wood-fired cooking including baking, grilling, roasting, spit-roasting, low & slow cooking, and smoking, then join me for heaps of fun, flame-fed cooking adventures. Become a proficient fired-up cook using the most popular wood-fired ovens, grills, roasters, and fire pits. Learn the versatility of wood-fired cooking methods to create a variety of delicious, healthful, simply-prepared food. Explore ways to create your home’s wood-fired space to share with family and friends.
On this site, you can shop for my favorite wood-fired appliances and tools, request information on Chicago Brick Ovens, and even get expert professional assistance to design your outdoor cooking space. You can also link to my other sites dedicated to my books: Artisan Cheese Making at Home, and Mastering Fermentation. May I suggest you now slow down, smell the smoke, and enjoy life.
While writing Wood-Fired Cooking, I did extensive research on and testing of the best wood-burning cooking devices available to the home cook,
and then personally worked with them to determine their value as ones to be featured in the book and recommended to you fired-up enthusiasts for the optimum wood-fired
cooking experience. Always on the lookout for emerging wood-fired trends and quality products to recommend to you, my favorites are listed on the Resources page,
including the outstanding wood-fired ovens designed and entirely made in the USA by Chicago Brick Oven. Of the many styles and brands of ovens I’ve worked in
(including those I’ve owned), these are the very best ones for ease and efficiency, and the only brand I fully endorse.
Contact my recommended expert Authorized Chicago Brick Oven Dealer, Bert Archer, for personalized service regarding oven details, sales information, and assistance in choosing the appropriate oven to meet your needs.