The late Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. food writer Jonathan Gold once wrote about Kevin Bludso’s BBQ: “The brisket that issues from those battered smokers is a paradigm of meat, beef that disappears so quickly that, if it weren’t for a feeling of satisfying fullness, you might swear that you had less eaten it than dreamed it.” Kevin Bludso is a BBQ legend and now, with the help of my pal Noah Galuten (a James Beard-nominated cookbook author and co-host, with his wife Iliza Schlesinger, of Don’t Panic Pantry on Instagram) he’s authored a cookbook: The Bludso’s BBQ Cookbook. The book is unique because, in addition to it’s extremely useful recipes for making BBQ at home (and it’s very doable: just listen to the podcast!), the book also tells Kevin’s unique story of growing up in Compton and spending his summers in Corsicana, Texas. It’s a beautiful portrait of his family and his community and it’s as much a great read as it is a great culinary resource. I could go on and on, but I think the interview speaks for itself. Enjoy listening to Kevin and Noah and, if you’d like to hear more, become a paid subscriber at amateurgourmet.substack.com and you’ll have access to my Ten Bonus BBQ Questions with Kevin and Noah tomorrow.
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