|John Shelton Reed||
John Shelton Reed has written a dozen books, innumerable articles, and a country song about the South. Among the books are 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South and Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, both written with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed. His most recent books are about Southern barbecue and New Orleans in the 1920s.
He has been Chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is co-founder and Éminence Grease of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (TrueCue.org). He lives in Chatham county, North Carolina.
He taught for some years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, retiring in 2000 as William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of sociology and director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. He helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South and was founding co-editor of the quarterly Southern Cultures. In 2017 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge University.
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"John Shelton Reed has distilled in this little cookbook the essence of his barbecue knowledge. If you want to cook the barbecue canon, you'll find in it excellent recipes for all barbecue's greatest hits. If you want to learn about this great American food, this book offers enough facts, history, lore -- and laughs -- to satisfy your soul."
--Lolis Eric Elie, author of
Adventures in the Heart of
"John Shelton Reed has consistently been one of the most insightful, ornery, and downright hilarious commentators on the history and culture of Southern barbecue."
--Robert Moss, author of
Barbecue: The History of an
"Reed is unapologetically opinionated, but his confidence is as sweet a match for his subject as peach cobbler."
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