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Old 12-26-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket - Book Recommendation ?

I received a gift card to Amazon.com ... gonna get the Wyatt McSpadden Texas BBQ photobook and will have some $$ left for something else..

Has anyone read this book and recommend ? Looks good...

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Republic of Barbecue
Stories Beyond the Brisket

By Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt

It's no overstatement to say that the state of Texas is a republic of barbecue. Whether it's brisket, sausage, ribs, or chicken, barbecue feeds friends while they catch up, soothes tensions at political events, fuels community festivals, sustains workers of all classes, celebrates brides and grooms, and even supports churches. Recognizing just how central barbecue is to Texas's cultural life, Elizabeth Engelhardt and a team of eleven graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin set out to discover and describe what barbecue has meant to Texans ever since they first smoked a beef brisket.Republic of Barbecue presents a fascinating, multifaceted portrait of the world of barbecue in Central Texas. The authors look at everything from legendary barbecue joints in places such as Taylor and Lockhart to feedlots, ultra-modern sausage factories, and sustainable forests growing hardwoods for barbecue pits. They talk to pit masters and proprietors, who share the secrets of barbecue in their own words. Like side dishes to the first-person stories, short essays by the authors explore a myriad of barbecue's themes—food history, manliness and meat, technology, nostalgia, civil rights, small-town Texas identity, barbecue's connection to music, favorite drinks such as Big Red, Dr. Pepper, Shiner Bock, and Lone Star beer—to mention only a few. An ode to Texas barbecue in films, a celebration of sports and barbecue, and a pie chart of the desserts that accompany brisket all find homes in the sidebars of the book, while photographic portraits of people and places bring readers face-to-face with the culture of barbecue.


Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, writes and studies food, gender, race, and class in the southern United States. She and eleven of her graduate students set out to study the life and culture of barbecue in central Texas. They're a diverse group that includes native Texans, people from other barbecue strongholds of the U.S. South, a Chicagoan, and even a couple of northeasterners. They all share a passion for listening to stories, debating and trying to understand American cultures, and eating lots of barbecue.
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...so its a coffee table photo book about Texas BBQ?

Wyatt McSpadden is really Kosmo Kramer
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That's what the McSpadden Texas BBQ book is.... I've admired the great photos since it first came out and I'm not really into photography at all.

I just don't think the book has foldable wooden legs like Kramer's
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I liked it Vinny. It's a pure history book. All interviews with pit masters throughout Texas. Lots of good info behind lots of the stories you have heard. Very well done I think.
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I liked it Vinny. It's a pure history book. All interviews with pit masters throughout Texas. Lots of good info behind lots of the stories you have heard. Very well done I think.
Excellent... that's exactly what I was hoping for... got recommendation from BBQ Grail too.

Order is now placed for both books !!
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...so its a coffee table photo book about Texas BBQ?

Wyatt McSpadden is really Kosmo Kramer
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Vinny, it's on my Amazon wish list. Let us know how ya like it.
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Here are a few pics from the book....
http://www.texasmonthly.com/multimedia/slideshow/13726
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I received both books today.

Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket looks fantasic... Great color photos and lots of stories, history etc. At first glance, this book is easily on par or perhaps better than Peace, Love & Barbecue by Mike Mills and Legends of Texas BBQ by Rob Walsh.

Can't wait to read it in detail.

The McSpadden photo book is cool too.
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