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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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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Listen to more about Cereal Rhetorics

Listen to more about Cereal Rhetorics

| January 3, 2015

If you liked the episode on “Cereal Rhetorics,” then you might love the TBTL on Serial/Cereal. If you didn’t listen to the “Cereal Rhetorics” episode, you can listen here.

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Episode 075: Mise en Place

Episode 075: Mise en Place

| November 14, 2014

Cooking is not always the hard part of cooking. Sometimes getting your mind right is the hardest part. Getting your space right can be the hardest part. Getting to a state of mind where you can see such work as a joy can be difficult. But if you have negotiated with those around you to be the cook or share the cooking responsibilities, mise en place can help.

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Episode 074: The Family Meal

Episode 074: The Family Meal

| October 8, 2014

I spent the better part of a day making sweet potato crêpes so that my CSA sweet potatoes didn’t go to waste. I often ask myself on days like these if I wouldn’t have been better off, say, chucking the potatoes in the freezer, buying some store bought crêpes and playing with my son for a couple hours.

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