Al Roker’s Nonfiction Barbecue Favorites

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Al Roker’s new mystery novel, The Morning Show Murders, centers around a celebrity chef whose LES restaurant serves French food like poisonous coq au vin, but the author himself would prefer to open a barbecue joint. “You know, something American, quintessential American,” he told us at the book’s launch party at SushiSamba 7 last night. “I love, if you’re talking sit-down, Dinosaur, Hill Country, Rack & Soul,” Roker recommended. ”For just pure takeout, Daisy May’s is fantastic.”

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Roker’s sticking with the American theme for Thanksgiving, too, and bringing roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts to his brother’s house for the holiday, he said. That’s only a slightly less ambitious menu than Ann Curry’s, who (since she doesn’t have parade duty in the morning) said she was brining her turkey and making cranberry sauce with cognac.

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