Having grown up in a barbecue restaurant family, I bond immediately with anyone who has a master’s touch at the grill and barbecue pit. Elizabeth Karmel is the genuine article, understanding (and able to clearly articulate) that delicate interplay between food and fire, flavor and finesse.

— Rick Bayless, chef/owner Frontera Grill/ Topolobampo, host of Public Television’s Mexico, One Plate at a Time