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"When I first looked at Wyatt McSpadden’s photos I fancied that someone had given the soul of Edward Hopper a camera and sent him off to Texas." (Jim Harrison)

"Wyatt McSpadden’s images of the world of Texas barbecue are so strong and evocative that they seem made of heat and smoke and flavor as much as of light and color. He is nothing less than a genius at summoning up the savory world of this most definitive of Lone Star food traditions." (Colman Andrews, restaurant columnist, Gourmet)

"It is incredibly refreshing to encounter a book of barbecue photographs that does not include neon signs of pigs, Confederate flags, or grinning hillbillies. . . . McSpadden restores some dignity to the field. . . .The tone of his images brings to mind the work of an earlier Texas photographer, Russell Lee, who also photographed Texas barbecue establishments in his work for the Farm Security Administration." (Robb Walsh, author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook)

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.When I first looked at Wyatt McSpadden’s photos I fancied that someone had given the soul of Edward Hopper a camera and sent him off to Texas.. (Jim Harrison)|.Wyatt McSpadden’s images of the world of Texas barbecue are so strong and evocative that they seem made of heat and smoke and flavor as much as of light and color. He is nothing less than a genius at summoning up the savory world of this most definitive of Lone Star food traditions.. (Colman Andrews, restaurant columnist, Gourmet)|.It is incredibly refreshing to encounter a book of barbecue photographs that does not include neon signs of pigs, Confederate flags, or grinning hillbillies. . . . McSpadden restores some dignity to the field. . . .The tone of his images brings to mind the work of an earlier Texas photographer, Russell Lee, who also photographed Texas barbecue establishments in his work for the Farm Security Administration.. (Robb Walsh, author of Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook)
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Product Details

  • Series: Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture (Book 23)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292718586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292718586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Allegra Young on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is simply fabulous: a love letter to the rough world of meat cutters, smoke hands, and pit crews. It is an honest portrayal of an elemental product: meat, smoke, time. So stripping everything down to its essence - that's what Wyatt McSpadden does in the book. The pictures are saturated in true color and rich imagery that comes not from costuming or placement, but from an incredible photographer who uses a jeweler's eye to see the beauty of what is. And when we accept what is, especially when it's Texas bbq, there's a rough beauty that pours out into our hearts from the page.
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What a wonderful book. Now, this is about the people that make the barbeque, so you need to be aware of that. The emotion coming out of the pictures will keep you looking at all the details available. Truly remarkable. I found the quality of the photography outstanding and yes, you can actually smell barbeque smoke from the book. Trust me, close your eyes and you will to.
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The images in this book are exceptional. One can almost smell the barbecue and the smoke. They are straight forward, honest photos taken by a straightforward, honest , and dedicated photographer. No trick photography, just a master craftsman demonstrating his skill. If you have ever enjoyed the pleasures of Texas BBQ, you can relive those pleasures through the pages of this book.
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Bought this for my husband for Christmas. We have been to a few of the places so it was neat to actually have such wonderful photos abd some history on these places! Everyone picks it up off the coffee table to look through it!
Only negative...Snow's BBQ is nowhere to be found in here!! :-/
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The pictures are incredible and I would be surprised if some on could ever duplicate these works of art. The photos capture the soul of the establishments visited and a glimpse into the everyday life of the employees and family that keep the gears turning.

A little Kreutz heavy but im not complaining.

I found myself breathing in and expecting to smell the smoke and meat flavors these images captured.
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In the case of Wyatt McSpadden's Texas BBQ, the answer is yes. This gorgeous coffee table book showcases work by one of the best photographers in the state documenting the steaming, dripping, juicy foodways of Central Texas.

The book itself is a piece of history and is filled with photos from McSpadden's twenty years documenting barbecue around Austin. For me, it was like a walk down memory lane as I've enjoyed many of the same spots for authentic barbecue, prepared by pit masters that have been smoking meat for decades.

Favorites like Kreuz, Smitty's, City Market, Cooper's, and more had me dreaming of my next road trip.
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this book will make a vegetarian turn into a carnivore. Even though I've eaten lots of BBQ I've never thought about the people who make it, let alone seen their pictures. Pages of beautiful pictures and great stories from the pit bosses bring the art of BBQ come alive and just jump off the pages. This book will remain in my bookcase forever and all my friends and relatives will find a copy of it in their birthday package, or Christmas stocking. Thanks Wyatt McSpadden (and the wonderful designer of the book) for putting a big smile on my face and hunger pains in my stomach.
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By Lin Altman on March 31, 2009
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If you're from Texas, especially a small town, you have grown up with BBQ. I've been to many of the places documented in his photographs and Wyatt McSpadden captures them like no one else. You can almost smell and taste the BBQ by looking at his photos. Even if you are a vegetarian, the photographs are beautiful and well worth a look. If you know any expats from Texas, send them this book and they will we be desperate to move home!

Lin Altman
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