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A Nashville Dining Guide for Stanford Cardinal Fans

April 5th, 2014 by

Welcome to Music City, Nerd Nation! As Minnie Pearl used to tell the audiences at the Grand Ole Opry, “We’re just so glad you came.” With the grand occasion of the Stanford women’s basketball team in the Final Four, I’ve teamed …
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A Memphis Dining Guide for Stanford Cardinal Fans

March 26th, 2014 by

Going to Memphis to cheer on the Stanford Cardinal in the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament? As a certified barbecue judge, author of a book on the history of soul food, and most importantly, a Stanford …
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My Top 10 List of Soul Food Joints . . . Printed in USA Today!

December 12th, 2013 by

One of the most frequent questions that I get is “What’s your favorite soul food joint in the entire country?” That’s a tough question because I have a larger sample size than your average person, and here’s why. In 2011, …
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Another “Angle” on Barbecue

September 30th, 2012 by

When I think about traditional barbecue as practiced by Native Americans, I picture smaller cuts of meat being smoked on a raised framework over a slow fire, or large chunks of meat wrapped up and cooked in trenches filled with …
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Some Thoughts on Barbecue and Love

September 30th, 2012 by

Dearly beloved, we are gathered in this post to celebrate the union of love and barbecue. With the summer wedding season in full swing, love is in the air—and it is increasingly followed by the perfume of burning wood and smoking meat. …
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Does a Clambake Count as Barbecue?

September 30th, 2012 by

Trying to define barbecue often sets off a fireworks display that rivals anything you saw on the 4th of July. In the spirit of stoking that fire, I ask, should the New England clambake fit under barbecue’s big tent? Though barbecue …
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Bison—Barbecue’s Next Frontier?

September 30th, 2012 by

July is National Bison Month, and bison meat is roaming in from barbe-culture’s fringes to its mainstream. However, barbecue purveyors tend to offer just bison ribs and forsake the rest of the animal. (You may have had a bison burger—they’re pretty …
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