Event at Durham’s Picnic for John Shelton Reed’s new barbecue cookbook

Author John Shelton Reed
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Barbecue expert and retired UNC professor John Shelton Reed has a new book out and Durham’s Picnic restaurant is hosting his only local book event on March 13.

Reed, who previously wrote “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue,” has a new cookbook out from the University of North Carolina Press. “Barbecue” is another in the series of Savor the South cookbooks. (Full disclosure: I wrote the Pickles & Preserves book in that series.)

Reed will be at Picnic from 2-4 p.m. March 13. Picnic will serve barbecue, sides, snacks and dessert. Tickets to the event cost $30 and can be purchased at

Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books will be selling signed copies of “Barbecue” for $20.

Picnic is at 1647 Cole Mill Road, Durham. Info: 919-908-9128,

Note: If you don’t know about Reed, check out this short film by the Southern Cultures Journal showing him cooking a whole goat.

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