September 6, 2010

Get Your Barbecue On

Barbecue, location unknown, c.1938-40
Photograph by Peter Sekaer

It's Labor Day in the U.S. today and it's time to celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of the American worker. Most people will mark this "symbolic end of summer" with food, fun and family gatherings.

We've all seen and heard enough by now about the different styles of barbecue (Memphis, Carolinas, Kansas City, Texas) on popular shows such as Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Adam Richman's Man v. Food. It's time to get your BBQ on. 

I've always loved the photograph shown above taken circa 1938-40 in the American South. Danish-American photographer Peter Sekaer captures a well-dressed couple's clandestine journey to the local barbecue joint. She has the goodies tucked under her arm and they're not about to share with anybody! 

Be well and gluttonous on this Labor Day my friends. You've earned it.

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