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Book Profiles

BBQ Books: Spring 2016

May 12, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

It’s May, the month that celebrates the best of spring, the kickoff to summer, and, for barbecue aficionados like myself, a 31-day-long celebration of barbecue. That’s right. In this age of every trend getting its own day or month, May has been reserved for barbecue, a fitting designation given that Memorial Day is the unofficial start…

Churrasco: Grilling the Brazilian Way

Apr 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Rio Grande do Sul is the Texas of South America. Or at least that’s how Evandro Caregnato describes the Brazilian state. And he should know. He grew up there, and it’s where he lived when the founders of Texas de Brazil restaurant asked him to move here in…

America’s 100 Best BBQ Restaurants

May 20, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Kerlin BBQ in Austin, Texas, is the best barbecue joint in the country. Or at least that’s the conclusion Johnny Fugitt arrived at after traveling the country and eating 365 barbecue meals in 365 days, a journey he chronicled in his new book, The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in…

BBQ Books: Spring 2015

Apr 3, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The spring of 2015 looks to be bullish on barbecue books. A new one seems to show up in the mailbox every week, and I’ve finally gotten the time to thumb through them. This is by no means a complete list of the barbecue books hitting the shelf this year,…

Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto

Apr 1, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

Aaron Franklin is giving us the keys to his barbecue kingdom. Some of his meat smoking secrets have already been leaked via his YouTube series BBQ With Franklin, and more is to come with a new PBS series of the same name, but his upcoming book…

Cure, Smoke, and Stuff

Jun 2, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Title: River Cottage Handbook No. 13; Curing & Smoking Author: Steven Lamb Published: Bloomsbury Publishing; 2014 River Cottage is a Cooking school in rural southwest England that focuses on the use of local and ethically raised meat. In England, River Cottage’s chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been…

Book Profile – Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

May 5, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Title: Charcutería: The Soul of Spain Author: Jeffrey Weiss Published: Surrey Books, 2014 In recent years we’ve seen the publication of several high profile books on charcuterie and salumi. From them you can learn the finer points of curing meats in the French or Italian traditions,…

BBQ Cookbooks

Apr 14, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

To say Melissa Cookston has been successful on the barbecue competition circuit is an understatement. As she describes in the introduction of her new cookbook “I am the winningest woman in barbecue, and frankly, it’s not even close.” But, as she also points out,…

Book Profile: The Salt Lick Cookbook

Oct 7, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Title: The Salt Lick Cookbook Author: Scott Roberts and Jessica Dupuy Published: The Salt Lick, 2012 This is not a a barbecue cookbook. It’s a family history told through food and recipes. That may be surprising to fans of the Salt Lick,…

Book Profile – Barbecue Crossroads

Sep 9, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

Title: Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern Odyssey Author: Robb Walsh Published: University of Texas Press, 2013 If you’re familiar with Robb Walsh through his decade-old book Legends of Texas Barbecue, then you’ll likely enjoy the great writing in Barbecue Crossroads. You’ll also…