Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:02 PM
So our favorite BBQ fiend and local swell guy, Daniel Vaughn is now inching his way towards your television set, it seems.
It has to be next on his resume given his new partnership with Anthony Bourdain.
To wit, from Eater:
The first three books from Anthony Bourdain's new Ecco line have been announced... First, a book from Los Angeles' food truck king Roy Choi called Spaghetti Junction: Riding Shotgun with an L.A. Chef, a "memoir-cum-cookbook [that] explores the street food of the city of Los Angeles." It will be Choi's first book.
Next up, Prophets of Smoked Meat by Texas barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn, "a passionate full-color tour through and definitive guide to the best of classic Texas barbeque, featuring recipes for all the smokehouse classics and sides."
Last September came this:
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced today that it will begin a new relationship with No Reservations television host and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain will have an eponymous line of books at Ecco that will publish three to five titles a year. With his vast experiences across the globe and his wealth of connections, Bourdain will acquire books that reflect his remarkably eclectic tastes.
The establishment of this line was negotiated by Daniel Halpern, President and Publisher of Ecco, and Bourdain’s literary agent, Kim Witherspoon of Inkwell Management. Halpern says, “I’m extremely excited to be working with Tony as he begins yet another journey into new territory – the publishing world. His Kitchen Confidential (in paperback) was one of the first books we published at Ecco as an imprint of HarperCollins a decade ago. As an informal (over the table) advisor to me during this time, his intuition has been unerring – suggesting such authors as Ferran Adria and Fergus Henderson. Now he’s becoming one of us, sort of.”
"I'm doing this because...I can,” says Bourdain. “Anyone who loves books, I think, given the opportunity to work with a legendary character like Daniel Halpern, would jump at the chance. Like me, he's passionate about words, about food, about the broad range of experiences out there – and I know from my own experience, that he's crazy enough to take a chance on authors whom others have either overlooked or avoided. From my privileged vantage point, I've encountered a lot of extraordinary people with exciting things to say. This is a chance to get those voices heard. We look forward to publishing an unusual mix of new authors, existing works, neglected or under-appreciated masterworks, and translations of people from elsewhere who we think are just too damned brilliant not to be available in English. We're presently looking at an initial list composed of chefs, enthusiasts, fighters, musicians and dead essayists. And we're looking to publish them in a way that's both accessible and respectful of the power of the written word – and appropriately fetishistic about the tactile joys of the printed page."
I've always been a big, big fan of fetishistic books. At least the pictures.
Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!