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Can a Book Taste Like Texas BBQ?

6 April 2009 1,634 views One Comment

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.large-book

Favorites like Kreuz, Smitty’s, City Market, Cooper’s, and more had me dreaming of my next road trip.

As if you needed another excuse to drive out to Lockhart, Wyatt will be signing copies of the book the Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Kreuz. I’m going to be out in Marble Falls on the Tasty Hill Country Wine Tour enjoying wine, cheese, and strawberries so if you go to Kreutz, bring me back a thick rib please!

For city slickers. Wyatt will also discuss the project and show images from Texas BBQ at Book People on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

I worked with Wyatt and his wife, Nancy McMillen, a few years ago when they helped produce UTLAW, the magazine for The University of Texas School of Law. Nancy is an amazing designer so it was no surprise to me to learn that she designed the book and was the driving force behind the project. Wyatt’s son Stuart McSpadden, a filmmaker, shot three short videos about photos from the book, and his other son Trevor McSpadden, lead singer for the Chicago-based band the Hoyle Brothers wrote and recorded a Texas BBQ “theme song,” which plays behind the pictures on each video. Check out the story behind “The Knife” in the Kreuz Market video below:

Texas BBQ – Kreuz Market: The Knife from Wyatt McSpadden on Vimeo.

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