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Steven Raichlen

International Bestselling Author of The Barbecue! Bible, Planet Barbecue! and How to Grill

Steven Raichlen is a multiple award-winning author, journalist, lecturer, and television host. His bestselling books and his public television shows—Primal Grill and Barbecue University—have redefined American barbecue. Raichlen’s twenty-nine books include the international blockbusters The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill and The New York Times bestseller Planet Barbecue!, published by Workman Publishing. His books, which combined have over five million copies in print, have won five James Beard Awards and three IACP-Julia Child Awards and been translated into seventeen languages. His latest is Man-Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys.

Raichlen founded Barbecue University, a three-day class that takes grilling skills to the next level, which takes place at the luxurious Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. He does a shorter version for corporate retreats. He has lectured on the history and culture of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Press Club. He has hosted seminars, corporate and team-building events for such companies and organizations as Oracle, Robert W. Baird & Co., Hilton Hotels, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and Harvard University.

Raichlen holds a degree in French literature from Reed College and studied medieval cooking in Europe on a Watson Fellowship. He divides his time between Miami, Florida, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Speaking Topics

  • Barbecue University: A Workshop
  • Iron Chef Competition: A Workshop for Team-Building
  • Man, Food, Fire: The History of Barbecue (with Powerpoint)
  • Planet Barbecue: A Live-Fire Tour of Six Continents (with Powerpoint)
  • From Food to Fiction: Using Food to Tell Stories


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