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The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love [Hardcover]

Scott Roberts , Jessica Dupuy
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Book Description

25 Mar 2013
The road to great barbecue is a journey. It is a quest that leads away from the bright lights and congested streets of the city, down winding roads, to places where life slows down, where the world feels peaceful and the destination is simply barbecue. In Texas and throughout the South, myriad barbecue joints claim the title of "best barbecue." Many barbecue enthusiasts would nearly fight to the death to defend their favourite, and the Salt Lick is certainly a contender. But Salt Lick owner Scott Roberts doesn't care about that. He's more interested in the smiles on his customers' faces as they leave the restaurant. With more than 600,000 customers served each year, he may be onto something. That's because Roberts is building on the foundation his family laid down more than 130 years ago, as his great-grandparents made their long journey to Texas. On the trail, they prepared food and cooked meat in ways that preserved it. Roberts keeps those techniques because they are simple and proven. His great-grandparents settled in Driftwood in the 1870s, and his grandparents farmed the land and were sustained by its bounty. They helped raise Roberts and instilled in him a love of the rural way of life. This is not a book just about Salt Lick barbecue. It's about how the barbecue came to be: a story of respect for the land, its history, and the family that planted its roots in Driftwood and cultivated a well-deserved reputation.

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  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (25 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292745516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292745513
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.1 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Short of a plate of brisket, The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love would surely be the No. 1 item on any barbecue lover's wish list. As much biography as it is cookbook, it covers not just recipes but the history of one of the best-known barbecue restaurants in Texas. It's also a visual stunner, with 350 pages and breathtaking images by photographer Kenny Braun." - Teresa Gubbins, CultureMap Houston "The book's charm lies in the affectionate family history that began when Scott Roberts' great-grandfather bought the land way back in the nineteenth century. The recipes keep memories of a great meal alive"-- Jane Manaster, Portland Book Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars A well received Christmas gift 14 Jan 2014
By k8day
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I know where we will be visiting on our next trip to Texas.
This is a lovely book - combination of family history and recipe book. If you like Rick SteinsTravelogues or Tom Kerridges background information to his recipes then you will probably enjoy this book.
One to leave on the coffee table though as it is a large book which was why I purchased it in the UK rather than buying it when we visit the Salt Lick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read ... 17 Jun 2013
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So much more than just another BBQ book, you get to understand the spirit of BBQ, a great book showing how BBQ can make it to the highest table, supported by some great pictures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story book, not a cookbook. 20 April 2013
By the hat lady - Published on Amazon.com
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My brother lived in Teaxs and raves about the Salt Lick.I bought the book hoping to recreate some of the recipes in the book. The description did state this was a behind the scene story of the restaurant with recipes. The book is a beautiful book with gorgeous pictures. However, the recipes were very few. Most of them are so basic i wouldn't even use them. Actually i think most of the recipes shown in the book do not appear to even be served in the restaurant. I hope my brother enjoys the book because of the memories it brings back to him. As far as i am concerned i collect cook books and have a couple hundred of them. This is not one that i would keep in my collection.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated 5 Dec 2012
By Jamie A Gump - Published on Amazon.com
This book is both a well written and beautifully illustrated memoir of the author's family, and a solid collection of barbeque recipes. I was able to preview this book, and could not be happier with it. A fascinating story of late 19th century Driftwood, Texas, and a great Hill Country cookbook!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but there are errors in some recipes 24 Feb 2013
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this cookbook, which is more than a cookbook but a history of a wonderful part of Texas. Please be sure to check the Salt Lick's website to see corrections to some of the important recipes in the book - the most important correction is to the coleslaw recipe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BBQ Fanatics 18 Feb 2013
By Joanne Kleinman - Published on Amazon.com
My hubby loved the book, ever since traveling to USA we love the American style barbecuing, we even have 3 BBQ's. So this book was perfect to add to our collection and not too mention we have actually eaten at The Salt Lick in Austin and loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Book! 10 Feb 2013
By Linda J. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have ever been to or heard of "The Salt Lick" you will love this book. Not only is it a cookbook - but a wonderful story of its beginning and a history of the family - beautiful photos and so well written. Can't recommend it enough!
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