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 youre talking sit-down, Dinosaur, Hill Country, Rack & Soul, Roker recommended. For just pure takeout, Daisy Mays is fantastic.

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. Thats only a slightly less ambitious menu than Ann Currys, who (since she doesnt have parade duty in the morning) said she was brining her turkey and making cranberry sauce with cognac.

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