Evening Upstairs at Library: Adventures in KY Barbecue

PADUCAH, KY - Evenings Upstairs at McCracken County Public Library will feature Adventures in Kentucky Barbecue with author and professor Wes Berry, from Western Kentucky University on May 17th from 7 until 8 pm. 
"If you can kill it, I can cook it," barbecue man Red Seavers of Southern Red's Bar-B-Que boasted when Berry ate at the southwest Kentucky barbecue joint—one of more than 200 he's visited. In that one sentence, Red summed up Kentucky's overall liberal approach to cooking critters with heat from wood and coals.

In this presentation, the "Hungry Professor" surveys Kentucky's wildly variable regional barbecue traditions with a slide show and tales of the people, places, and plates he's encountered all over the state while researching The Kentucky Barbecue Book, the first comprehensive exploration of Kentucky’s distinct barbecue traditions and regional variations.

The Kentucky Barbecue Book is a feast for readers who are eager to sample the finest fare in the state. From the banks of the Mississippi to the hidden hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, author and barbecue enthusiast Wes Berry hit the trail in search of the best smoke, the best flavor, and the best pit masters he could find.

Barbecue aficionado Wes Berry, PhD, is Professor & Director of Graduate Studies Department of English, Western Kentucky University
Co-sponsored by Kentucky Humanities an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

Published 03:10 PM, Saturday May. 12, 2018
Updated 03:18 PM, Saturday May. 12, 2018


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