About Robert F. Moss


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About Robert F. Moss


Robert F. Moss writes about food, drink, and travel. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, he is the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living and a frequent contributor to publications including Serious Eats, Saveur, Early American Life, Garden & Gun,The Local Palate,and the Charleston City Paper.

Robert's most recent book is the revised and expanded second edition of Barbecue: The History of an American Institution (2020), the authoritative history of barbecue in the United States. He is also the author of Southern Spirits: Four Hundred Years of Drinking in the American South, With Recipes(2016); Going Lardcore: Adventures in New Southern Dining (2012), a collection of essays about dining in the modern South; and, The Barbecue Lover's Carolinas (2015), a guide to barbecue restaurants, recipes, and traditions in North and South Carolina. He is currently completing a book on the history of commercial dining in the 19th century American South.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Robert attended Furman University and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina.



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Events & Appearances


Robert F. Moss regularly gives lectures and keynote speeches, hosts food and beverage events, conducts cocktail seminars, and participates in book festivals and other special events. He has a range of prepared talks and presentations covering everything from the history of barbecue and whiskey to contemporary issues in the food and beverage world, and he can custom-tailor a presentation or appearance to suit your needs.


For information on booking, contact mossr19@gmail.com


Selected Past Appearances


Southern Foodways Alliance Annual Symposium (Oxford MS)

Charleston Wine + Food Festival (Charleston SC)

Fire, Flour, Fork (Richmond VA)

Music To Your Mouth (Bluffton SC)

Alabama Book Festival (Montgomery AL)

BevCon Charleston (Charleston SC)

Rochester Cocktail Revival (Rochester NY)

National BBQ Association National Conference (Jacksonville FL)

Firebox (St Simons Island, GA)