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|Author Event! Rien Fertel, "The One True Barbeque"|
Event Type: Adults|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Rien Fertel, author of a new book titled The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog, will discuss the book and sign copies at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.Library: East Bank Regional Library Map
This event is free of charge and is open to the public. There is no registration.
This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, an annual five-day literary festival that occurs in the city of New Orleans each spring. The festival is dedicated to the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Tennessee Williams. Every year, it features several events related to the long career of Williams, as well as writing workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, stage performances, a book fair, music, writing contests, and other events.
In The One True Barbecue, Fertel chronicles the uniquely Southern art of whole hog barbecue—America’s original barbecue—through the professional pitmasters who make a living firing, smoking, flipping, and cooking 200-plus pound pigs.
More than 100 years have passed since a small group of families in the Carolinas and Tennessee started roasting a whole pig over a smoky, fiery pit. Descendants of these original pitmasters are still cooking, passing down the recipes and traditions across generations to those willing to take on the grueling, dangerous task. This isn’t your typical backyard pig roast, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
Fertel finds the gatekeepers of real Southern barbecue—including those who tend the fire at legendary spots like Bum’s, Wilber’s, Sweatman’s, Grady’s, the Skylight Inn, and three different places named Scott’s—to tell their stories and pay homage to the diversity and beauty of this culinary tradition. These pitmasters are now influencing a new breed of chefs and barbecue enthusiasts.
Rien Fertel is a Louisiana-born and based writer, historian and teacher. He grew up in his family’s chain of restaurants (Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse), and, after graduating from college, ran a grocery-deli in downtown New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina exiled him to New York, where he started writing about food. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Spirit, Saveur, The Local Palate, and many other publications. He holds a doctoral degree in history, teaches in New Orleans, and divides his time between the banks of the Mississippi River and a 100-plus year old church in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Napoleon Room
Contact: Chris Smith
Contact Number: 504-889-8143
Presenter: Chris Smith