August 1990 Issue

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Howdy, Comrades! Let’s Do a Deal

A Texas businessman launches his one-man invasion of post-Communist Romania.


A Soldier’s Secret

In the farming town of Whitewright, stolen tenth-century illuminated manuscripts and ivory reliquaries weren’t all that Joe Meador had to hide.




State Fare: Routh Street’s Garlic Custard and Crabmeat Tart

Chef Stephan Pyles grew up in the food business—his parents owned the Big Spring Truck Stop Cafe—and despite a degree in music and the best intentions, he’s still cooking. With two restaurants in Dallas and two in Minneapolis, Pyles and partner John Dayton have enthusiastically spread the word about Southwestern

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