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A Basic Building Block of
Real Community

A Review of 

Praise the Lard: Recipes and Revelations from a Legendary life in Barbecue
Mike Mills / Amy Mills

Hardback: Rux Martin / HMH Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Andy May

 

Legendary barbecue pitmaster Mike Mills and daughter Amy Mills team up to deliver unto us a heavenly smoker’s cookbook revealing some of the best kept secret recipes in barbecue.  But more than that, peppered between the detailed recipes, Mike and Amy’s stories unveil the best of what small town America has to offer: the values of community, family, work, and faith. Amy and Mike share generations worth of wisdom, experience, and a gold mine of creative recipes.  As the original “slow food” movement, Mike and Amy emphasize that barbecue is more than just producing delicious and creatively crafted food, it’s also a basic building block of real community.  As friends and family gather, for whatever occasion, the sights, smells, and slow pace of smoking meat provide an opportunity be reminded of the important things in life. Barbecue is sharing, barbecue is hospitality, barbecue is risk, barbecue is hard work, barbecue is love.

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Doug Worgul - Thin Blue SmokeReclaiming the Undesirable

A Feature Review of

Thin Blue Smoke: A Novel

Doug Worgul

Paperback: Burnside Books, 2012.
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Reviewed by Larry Shallenberger.

A grill-master, one who sniffs at the mention of propane fuel and mock store-bought sauce, will tell you that good barbecue cannot be rushed. The mean cut must be seared, then slow-cooked over low heat for many hours. Heat breaks muscle fibers at a leisurely pace until the final product is fall-off-the bone tender. Doug Worgul’s novel, Thin Blue Smoke, conforms to the pace of barbecue and the result is just as satisfying. This is a triumphant exercise in character development. Thin Blue Smoke is a patient book, but by no means does it plod or bore; the characters that Worgul crafts here find redemption despite their numerous and significant flaws. They aren’t changed instantly in the revival tent of a traveling evangelist. Instead, God deals with each friend slowly, with the patience and devotion of a barbecue veteran, and tenderizes them with time and adversity—the smoldering coals of life.

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