Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Georgia Press
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Almost a decade ago I began to gather material in and around the subject of barbecue, and the debts that I have accumulated since then have grown difficult to count. All mistakes here are my own, but what I get right I get right because I have been so lucky in my friends and colleagues. Over those eight years Bridget Bennett, Martin Butler, Susan Castillo...
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September 2005. Th e museum café is abuzz. People of every color are taking advantage of its wooden benches, easing feet wearied by the galleries above their heads. School parties commandeer long benches of their own, oblivious to the halo of empty tables developing around them. At a distance from their noisy voices, adults relax. Couples pour drinks, lone diners read the day's newspapers, and scholars speak up to make...
1. From Barbacoa to Barbecue: An Invented Etymology
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Pretty soon, within a week or so of setting sail, all onboard would have grown tired of salt cod. Like the new maps of the world that greatly shrank the distance from Andalusia to the Orient, the increasing availability of this food throughout Europe over the course of the fifteenth century was a necessary precondition that brought...
2. London Broil
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Like many landmark novels of the African diaspora, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952) rejects linear narrative, telling its story from end to beginning and back again. No obvious plotline links its celebrated set pieces. No distinct thread links its southern protagonist's attempt to ward homesickness off by buying a yam from a Harlem...
3. Pit Barbecue Present and Past
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Of course, even if they wanted it, the organizers of the Black Family Reunion Celebration would never get permission for such a feast. Th e Washington Mall is far too acclaimed and austere a space to play host to the skirmishes and smoke, the booze and bawdy antics that greeted Ward on that midsummer's day in Peckham Rye. Neoclassical...
4. Barbecue between the Lines
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Edward W. Said's Orientalism (1978) has held great importance for Savage Barbecue as it has for numerous inquiries into race, identity, and the cultural bases of empires old and new. Almost thirty years after its publication, Orientalism's frank talk of the United States as an "Imperium" following in the footsteps of Britain and France now...
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Page Count: 224
Illustrations: 14 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2008