Doug Worgul was born into a family of preachers, teachers, and writers, in the state of Michigan. He now resides in Kansas City where barbecue and the blues are a way of life. A strong sense of place is a major theme in Doug Worgul's fiction, as it has been in his career as a newspaper journalist and editor of regional and national magazines. Married, with four daughetrs, he is a nationally-recognized authority on the history and cultural significance of American barbecue traditions.
June 2010 Debut of the Month. Set in a barbecue restaurant, Smoke Meat, in Kansas City, this is not for vegetarians or atheists. Despite Kansas being a big place the world of Smoke Meat has a small-town feel with everyone knowing and – more or less – liking everyone else regardless of racial and economic differences. Worgul builds up layered portraits of his characters’ lives in short chapters written in an easy, conversational style. We get tragedy and drama as well as affectionate accounts of day-to-day events, a good smattering of homespun philosophy and plenty of religion. A charming portrait of a certain kind of American life. Comparison: Garrison Keillor, Fannie Flagg.