Steven Raichlen is a journalist, TV host and multi-award-winning author, but he may be best known as the man who reinvented barbecue. Raichlen has written 28 books, including the best-selling Barbecue Bible cookbook series. (He also completed his first novel, Island Apart, in 2012.) His Primal Grill, Barbecue University, and Project Smoke TV shows – among the top rated on public television – have helped people all over the world ascend the ladder of grilling enlightenment. He even puts his degree in French literature to use as the host of the French language TV show Le Maitre du Grill, which airs in Quebec.
In 2015, Raichlen was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have "made outstanding and significant contributions to barbecue." He has won five James Beard Awards and three IACP awards, and his books have been translated into 15 languages, including French, Russian, and Japanese.