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Barbecue: The History of an American Institution

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Americans enjoy reading about barbecue almost as much as they love eating it. Books on the subject cover almost every aspect of the topic: recipes, grilling tips, restaurant guides, pit-building instructions, and catalogs of exotic variants such as Mongolian barbecue and Indian tandoor cooking. Despite this coverage, the history of barbecue in the United States has until ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 20th 2010 by University Alabama Press
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Mjlibrary NDSCS
Dec 07, 2013 Mjlibrary NDSCS marked it as to-read
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While there are several different recipes of kinds of barbecue, this volume is mostly a history of how barbecue developed in the United States from Native American origins to becoming an icon of modern American culture. It is not just a dish, not just food, but a social institution that is part of many regional cultures. Chapters cover colonial days, the Civil War era, the development of barbecue restaurants, backyard barbecue, and more. It ends with a look to the future and how barbe
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Darren
Jul 16, 2013 Darren rated it really liked it
Many countries claim the barbecue as their own particular speciality. Think Australians and their beach barbies; think Americans and their massive barbecue grills; think Britons and their washed-out, rainy burnt sausages. OK, cancel the latter, but you get the picture.
Here the author has taken the barbecue crown for the Americans. Straight from the title: the history of an AMERICAN institution. The book’s cover blurb sets the scene perfectly: “Americans enjoy reading about barbecue almost as muc
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Josh
Oct 01, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
you need to really love bbq and historical minutiae to like this book. it starts off really dry (no bbq intended) and repetitive because the author is relying on pretty scant resources. i found the later chapters discussing political barbecues, civil rights issues, and how the country became regionalized with regards to bbq more interesting. overall, i enjoyed it, but not sure i'd recommend it to many people.
Nancy
Aug 24, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
As a certified barbecue judge (SC Bsrbeque Association), I enjoyed this history of an American tradition. The author includes a section on the evolution of restaurants devoted solely to pig cuisine. Another section deals with the role barbecue played in Southern politics during the 19th and 20th century. Recommended for all barbecue enthusiasts and lovers of writing about food.
Ajay
Mar 26, 2015 Ajay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, favorites, food
Totally fascinating. It's not just about barbecue, it's about the role its played in shaping America, and in turn, how America has shaped it- an accidental lesson in the power of informal institutions. Highly recommended.
Sarah
Apr 25, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
Interesting history of barbecue in the United States with discussion on regional flavors and traditions.

Christmas gift to my dad, 2010.
Debra
Jul 07, 2013 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, food, history
Not a how-to book but an examination of barbecue's history and sociology. Full of intriguing information, this book is not for the casual fan. For those of us who love 'Q, though, a necessity.
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