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Barbecue Crossroads: Notes and Recipes from a Southern by Robb Walsh,O. Rufus Lovett

By Robb Walsh,O. Rufus Lovett

In tales, recipes, and pictures, James Beard Award–winning author Robb Walsh and acclaimed documentary photographer O. Rufus Lovett take us on a fish fry odyssey from East Texas to the Carolinas and again. In Barbecue Crossroads, we meet the pitmasters who nonetheless use outdated wood-fired pits, and we pattern a few of their succulent red meat shoulders, complete hogs, savory pork, sausage, mutton, or even a few barbecued baloney. Recipes for those and the facet dishes, sauces, and muffins that include them are painstakingly recorded and tested.

But Barbecue Crossroads is greater than a cookbook; it's a journey again to the roots of our oldest artisan nutrients culture and a glance at how Southern tradition is altering. Walsh and Lovett hint the lineage of Southern fish fry backwards via time as they go back and forth throughout part of the rustic the place slow-cooked meat has lengthy been a part of lifestyle. What they locate isn't really one tale, yet many. They stopover at mythical joints that don’t reside as much as their reputations—and observe unknown locations that deserve extra realization. They let us know why the corporatizing of agriculture is making it tough for pitmasters to manage to pay for hickory wooden or locate entire hogs that healthy on a pit.

Walsh and Lovett additionally remind us of myriad ways in which race weaves out and in of the barbeque tale, from African American cooking concepts and recipes to the tastes of migrant farmworkers who ate their fish fry in meat markets, gasoline stations, and comfort shops simply because they weren’t welcome in eating places. The authors additionally disclose the ways in which barbeque competitions and television indicates are undermining conventional barbeque tradition. they usually expect that the revival of the group barbeque culture may be its salvation.

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