The Legendary Australian Barbecue
Take a slab of meat, a sheet of metal and a good smoky fire and you've got yourself the ingredients not just for a top-rate meal but for an event. It's part tribal bonding, part ritual ceremony, part bare necessity. That's the Aussie barbecue: a back-to-basics, one-size-fits-all outdoor celebration.
In 'Meat, Metal & Fire,' author/photographer Mark Thomson investigates this Australian legend, revealing just what it is that makes the barbie sizzle. Marvels of backyard engineering are here, along with the people behind them. Whether it's a giant dragon cooker made from recycled tools and car parts, or a shovel stuck over a few burning sticks on the ground, the result is the same - the great Aussie barbie.
It doesn't really matter if you burn the chops. The beer may even be warm. What counts is that you are building on the legend of the Australian barbecue.