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Pizza Quest: BBQ and Grilling Special Edition with Steven Raichlen

Welcome to this special Memorial Day edition of Pizza Quest, with our special guest, Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible, now celebrating its 25th anniversary with a new, updated edition.

Memorial Day signifies many things important to us all as we honor those who have made our freedom possible. It also instinctively compels us to break out the BBQ grills and charcoal. In this episode, Steven shares with his long journey from Reed College, to writing for an underground newspaper in Boston, to landing in south Florida where he has since authored 32 books and won numerous James Beard Awards — all driven by his global quest in search of every known iteration of cooking with fire. His books have sold millions of copies and his public broadcasting cooking shows have inspired us all and opened a world of international flavor possibilities. I often refer to our Pizza Quest followers as members of a tribe of kindred spirits we affectionately call “fire freaks.” So, prepare to meet the tribal elder and current godfather of the fire freak movement, as Steven Raichlen shares his inspiring story in this “break out the grills” episode of Pizza Quest.

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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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