Will Burdette

Will Burdette has cooked in restaurants and institutions, written food reviews for an alt weekly, and volunteered for food related non-profits. He served on the board of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. He recently completed a dissertation on the rhetoric of food and has a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in rhetoric and digital literacies from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Episode 077: The Whole Burrito: Chipotle, Micro(be)politics, Sick Days, and Social Justice

Episode 077: The Whole Burrito: Chipotle, Micro(be)politics, Sick Days, and Social Justice

| February 27, 2016

To understand the rhetoric around Chipotle’s outbreaks of foodborne illness, you have to unwrap the whole burrito. “Episode 077: The Whole Burrito: Chipotle, Micro(be)politics, Sick Days, and Social Justice” So many of you know that I wrote a dissertation that looked at—among other food issues—the history of the burrito and Chipotle Mexican Grill’s use of […]

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Script for Episode 077: The Whole Burrito: Chipotle, Micro(be)politics, Sick Days, and Social Justice

Script for Episode 077: The Whole Burrito: Chipotle, Micro(be)politics, Sick Days, and Social Justice

| February 27, 2016

To understand the rhetoric around Chipotle’s outbreaks of foodborne illness, you have to unwrap the whole burrito. Hey, Folks. Will Burdette here. What’s happening? So many of you know that I wrote a dissertation that looked at—among other food issues—the history of the burrito and Chipotle’s use of online media to persuade people to eat […]

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Chuck Roast Courtesy of Odom Girl’s Texas Beef

Chuck Roast Courtesy of Odom Girl’s Texas Beef

| February 13, 2016

The next night I served the leftover chuck roast with homemade noodles and gravy, kind of like a Stroganoff, but without the smetana or sour cream.

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Octopus and More

Octopus and More

| December 15, 2015

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Script for Episode 076: Burning Clean and Even: Rhetorical Convection and Expert Barbecue Talk

Script for Episode 076: Burning Clean and Even: Rhetorical Convection and Expert Barbecue Talk

| October 11, 2015

Hey, Folks. What’s happening? Will Burdette here. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy. You know, I had a kid, I wrote a dissertation and graduated from UT Austin with a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in rhetoric and digital literacies. My dissertation was on the rhetoric of food and the […]

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Episode 076: Burning Clean and Even: Rhetorical Convection and Expert Barbecue Talk

Episode 076: Burning Clean and Even: Rhetorical Convection and Expert Barbecue Talk

| October 11, 2015

I return after a bit of a hiatus to talk about the way we talk about barbecue. I do a rhetorical analysis of Christopher Kimball’s conversation with pitmaster Aaron Franklin to uncover the nuances in expressions of expertise in a topic with a lot of ambiguity.

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Smoking Stuff

Smoking Stuff

| September 10, 2015

As summer comes to a close, I’ve been trying to cram in as much smoking as I can. Everything here was done on a 22-Inch Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker. Ribs ready for the Texas Crutch. Finished ribs, good bark. Pork ribs, nice smoke ring. Ribs plated with homemade pickled onions, pokerchip pickles, and corn and […]

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So Very Hot

So Very Hot

| August 30, 2015

So you know it’s August in Austin when it sounds like a good idea to stand in line in 100-degree heat for a few chips’ worth of hot sauce. The heat and the dearth of things to do cloud your judgement. Was there no festival involving floating in cold water and drinking beer? Apparently not. […]

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Foods in the Dominican Republic

Foods in the Dominican Republic

| June 24, 2015

Here are some images from a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. I came back with a hankering for passion fruit, Dominican coffee, tostones, coconut everything, fresh seafood, and Presidente beer. I was surprised at the amount of pizza in Las Terrenas. (I guess Italians did “discover” the place.) I was also surprised at the […]

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SXSW Eco Panel

SXSW Eco Panel

| May 12, 2015

Vote for my talk at SXSW Eco! It’s about the use of affect in Chipotle’s Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign. See the videos here for a little preview.

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Sandor Katz at the Austin Fermentation Festival

Sandor Katz at the Austin Fermentation Festival

| March 17, 2015

Back in November of last year, I went to the Austin Fermentation Festival put on by Texas Farmers Market. I didn’t bring in my recording equipment and I was standing in the overflow area, which was really just a concrete hallway. Suffice it to say the recording is terrible: That said, I transcribed most of […]

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Camp Brisket

Camp Brisket

| February 1, 2015

So I went to Foodways Texas’ Camp Brisket a while back. It was great. I got to see Aaron Franklin in a hairnet, Daniel Vaughn wrapping himself in butcher paper, and a lot of great brisket

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