Friday, November 20, 2009

"Holy Smoke" by John Shelton Reed et al

During a book store closing, I snagged a signed copy of "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue" by John Shelton Reed, the famed essayist on the American South, his wife Dale Volberg Reed, and Carolina Barbecue Society founder William McKinley. If this is not the Bible of NC barbecue, it is among the Holy Scriptures. The first sixty pages recount the history of barbecue in NC, which alone makes the book worth reading.

The book continues with descriptions of the different styles of bbq in NC, including how they have changed, barbecue restaurants and recipes. The finest jewel is the penultimate section, titled The People, in which legendary barbecue greats tell their story. Here you hear from Ed Mitchell, Keith Allen, Chad Stamey and a host of others recount how they got into the business and most important, why.

The book is currently on sale (but not signed) at Amazon. Go get your copy.


John Shelton Reed said...

Dave --
Thanks for the kind words about HOLY SMOKE. Dale is not my son, though: she's my wife (of 45 years). These days Dale is usually a male name, I guess, but when we were young, the best known Dale was probably Dale Evans, Roy Rogers's wife.

Dave said...

Thank you, Dr. Reed, for your feedback. I have fixed my post. I knew better, but my old memory failed me.

Valerie said...

My husband is a big fan of your book, but lost his signed copy several years ago. He mentions it every now and then. His birthday is coming up and I was wondering if you still do signings. I would love to get a copy signed for him again. Please let me know if and where I could get a signed copy for him.