Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Anthony Bourdain to publish book by Dallas Full Custom Gospel BBQ blogger
Release date will be spring 2013.
DALLAS Daniel Vaughn, founder of Full Custom Gospel BBQ and a former content partner of Pegasus News, is moving into print, and he's doing so with a bang. His previously announced book on BBQ joints in Texas, called Prophets of Smoked Meat, will be issued on Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers under the curation of uber-foodie Anthony Bourdain.
The book is described as a "passionate full-color tour through and definitive guide to the best of classic Texas barbeque" that hits on more than 450 BBQ joints in Texas. It'll include recipes, techniques, and profiles on prominent pitmasters like Aaron Franklin.
Vaughn, whom Bourdain called "the Yoda of Barbecue," began his blog as a way to cover BBQ places in Dallas-Fort Worth and Central Texas. Once he became a content partner at Pegasus News, his fortunes really rose like crazy; one could say that his content partnership at Pegasus provided a springboard for his success. Having achieved national acclaim, Vaughn severed his ties with Pegasus in June 2011 after making a deal with a tiny publication based in Austin called Texas Monthly. Good luck with all of that.
In any case, Vaughn said that a book was a better way to cover the state.
"I realized that what I needed to do was to see how all of it fit together state-wide," he said. "The only way to write about Texas barbecue as its own subject would be to go state-wide and write about the experience all over the place. A book just seemed better than doing that as separate blog posts."
As for "recipes," he said it'll be more like the specifics of the craft.
"I'll be talking about 'ingredients' like the type of smoker they’re using, what type of wood, the ingredients in the rub, and then profiles on people who are doing barbecue the right way, along with the signature meats they smoke, or their signature cuts," he said.
He made the connection with Bourdain after what he calls "Barbecue-gate," when the Dallas Morning News published a Best BBQ list whose entries matched a similar list that Vaughn had created, but without giving Vaughn attribution.
He's taking a short sabbatical from his regular job as an architect and is currently conducting research in South Texas.
"I've been doing this off and on since August," he said. "I'll be in Brownsville by Sunday. Right now I'm about to drive through Austin, then Del Rio, Brownsville, up to Victoria, back to San Antonio, and then back home."