|Impressive ribs at Smitty's, in Lockhart|
Bourdain had previously asked Vaughn to lead him through the Texas barbecue experience for the Austin episode of No Reservations, and afterward Vaughn was the first author signed to Bourdain’s new imprint. We had previously written about Vaughn’s leaving his full-time job as an architect in Dallas and his Full Custom BBQ blog to come to Texas Monthly. He told Eater Austin, “I want to cover the entire life-cycle of barbecue. Hell, I might even interview my pharmacist.”
His new book does just that. According to Addie Broyles at the Austin American-Statesman, the book “chronicles Vaughn’s 10,000-mile journey with photographer Nicholas McWhirter across Texas to discover the roots of what has grown from a food we appreciated for what it was to an almost fetishized search for the most ‘authentic’ and perfectly prepared brisket, sausage and ribs.”
Be sure to chow down on some barbecue from Micklethwait Craft Meats and drink Saint Arnold beer at the book signing at BookPeople on May 22 at 7 PM.