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Savage Barbecue: Race, Culture, and the Invention of America's First Food

By Andrew Warnes

Barbecue isn't just an innocent summer treat, argues literature and cultural scholar Andrew Warnes. He delves into the history of BBQ to show how European racism, the fear of cannibalism, and other gastronomical taboos have shaped Western ambivalence toward what he calls the "most American food."
University of Georgia Press, 208 pp., $19.95 (August)

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