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Bob Garner

Bob Garner, 'Minister of Barbecue Culture'

Bob Garner shares our passion for historic and cultural preservation, including nurturing our state's historic foodways...and most especially our rich barbecue legacy. At the restaurant, on the web, at special events and through the printed word, he will join us as strive to become even more enthusiastic caretakers of this colorful segment of our popular culture. He's the author of North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time, an exploration of North Carolina's long-standing love affair with barbecue, and Bob Garner's Guide to North Carolina Barbecue, a popular restaurant guide. Publisher John F. Blair will combine both works, with much new and updated material, into Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue, to be published in May 2012. Bob is a familiar face on UNC-TV, North Carolina's statewide public television network, where he produces regular restaurant features for North Carolina Weekend, broadcast statewide on Thursday and Friday evenings. He is perhaps best known for his previous hour-long special, North Carolina Barbecue, based on his first book. He has also written extensively for Our State magazine, including a 10-part series on traditional southern foods entitled Bob Garner Eats. He has appeared on The Food Network's Paula's Home Cookin', featuring Paula Deen, and FoodNation with Bobby Flay; ABC's Good Morning, America; and the Travel Channel's Road Trip. Garner has also been a featured speaker at the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York and the Southern Foodway Alliance annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi.