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Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen, Vol. 3 - documentary DVD / cooking DVD / television series DVD review
PRIMAL GRILL WITH STEVEN RAICHLEN, VOL. 3 Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Steven Raichlen
Director: Matt Cohen   Distributor: Microcinema DVD
DVD release: 28 September 2010   Runtime: 155 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English), Behind-the-scenes featurette, Bonus recipes

*Primal Grill with Steve Raichlen, Season 3*Smoke, fire and ashes: professor of barbeque Steven Raichlen can cook anything over an open flame. In the process of researching his book Planet Barbeque, Raichlen cooked up the contents of a new season of Primal Grill, his popular cooking show produced by Maryland Public Television.

Here in volume three we learn to how grill a steak directly on the coals - and how to dust it off a bit, once it's (barely) done. We see bread baskets in action as Raichlen takes mighty loaves, hews them in half, lathers them with great gobs of garlic-and-spice infused butter - and then toasts them over glowing coals. Then there's "Spanish Catalan Cream" which, despite the uneasy truce between Spain and Catalonia, looks harmonious and tasty coming off the flames.

Raichlen's intercontinental approach to grilling is wanderlust for the tastebuds. Although his delivery is a little monotonal, his directions are clear and seem easy to follow. Of course, digging a three-by-five-foot firepit in your yard may not be entirely practical, so some of these grilling projects are likely to remain strictly virtual for most of us.

Then again, grilling muscles on a bed of smoking pine needles looks so good it might inspire you to step outside and start setting things on fire, just to see how stuff in your yard flavors your food.

Highly recommended for all gastronomers looking to instigate a Neanderthal revival as well as those namby-pamby naysayers who continue to claim that playing with fire is dangerous. Pah: just don your extra thick grilling glove and throw this disc on the barbie - er, the DVD player.
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reviewed by Brian Charles Clark
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