New BBQ Magazine Launches

The table devoted to barbecue cookbooks overflows at my local bookstore, and today I noticed a newcomer among the thick, meat-centric tomes: an eye-catching glossy magazine called Popular Plates. Priced at $8.99 at the store and $9.95 online, it contains over 100 barbecue recipes from editors Jane and Michael Stern.

To former Gourmet magazine enthusiasts, the Sterns' joint byline will be familiar: the pair won three James Beard Awards for their Roadfood column each month, and have published more than 40 books. They're also part of the team behind the website, which highlights regional foods and restaurants across the country devoted to inexpensive, unfussy, down home food with plenty of local color.

Now, with Popular Plates, the two have embarked on a new venture. The magazine and companion website are lushly photographed and sing barbecue's praises loud and clear. They celebrate the cooking style's lack of conformity, and the cooks they've discovered on their vast travels who serve up the best messy, saucy, meaty fare. Carnivores: pay attention.

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Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule. Read all of Cheryl's iVillage posts here.

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