About Robert F. Moss


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, Restaurant Critic for the Post & Courier, and a frequent contributor to publications including The Southeastern Dispatch, Serious Eats, Saveur, Early American Life, Garden & Gun, and The Local Palate.

Robert's most recent book is The Lost Southern Chefs: A History of Commercial Dining in the Nineteenth-Century South, which was published by the University of Georgia Press in February 2022. The revised and expanded second edition of his Barbecue: The History of an American Institution, the authoritative history of barbecue in the United States, was published in October 2020. 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. His next book, .

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)

Fall for Greenville (Greenville SC)