Texas BBQ: Photographs by Wyatt McSpadden
Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Fri., May 29, 2009
Texas BBQ: Photographs by Wyatt McSpaddenUT Press, 160 pp., $39.95
Barbecue books are just about the hottest item in the publishing market this season – I've already received a stack of tomes chock-full of recipes and techniques for slow cooking and hot grilling. For my money, however, the year's most desirable barbecue book is a stellar collection of photos by Texas Monthly contributing photographer Wyatt McSpadden with nary a recipe or cooking tip in sight. There is a lyrical foreword by novelist Jim Harrison and an essay by Texas Monthly Contributing Editor John Morthland detailing the regular pilgrimages to Texas barbecue temples that inspired the photos, but McSpadden's pictures truly tell the story. Reverent and respectful, his portraits capture the pride and dedication inherent in the practice of Texas' historic barbecue traditions, while other shots evoke the seductive aroma of hardwood smoke and the ferocious heat of the pits. This classic coffeetable book won't teach anyone how to cook meat, but it's very likely to induce hunger, longing, and a deep appreciation for Texas barbecue. It is a worthy addition to the Texas barbecue canon.
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