The Pyromaniac Chef Cook Book is a call to arms for families to cast aside their notions of barbecues being for summer and embrace year round al fresco cooking. You don’t need to be a pyromaniac to enjoy the amazing flavour that wood smoke brings to food, you simply need a sense of adventure. Cooking over a fire is neither difficult nor complicated. You don’t need much in the way of equipment to get started and the results far exceed the effort required. With advice ranging from using tortilla chips to light fires and choosing the location of a fire based upon what will look prettiest and create the most fun, Kathryn Minchew takes a beautiful outdoorsy lifestyle and makes it realistic for families. With simple, pared back recipes this book is as much an ideas book as it is a cook book. Make popcorn from scratch by all means but flavour shop-bought stuff if it makes it more likely that you’ll head outside to play. This book is not the answer to cooking over fire, it is an invitation to join in the game.