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Smokestack Lightning Thu, 11/11/10 10:49 AM (permalink)
I was just wondering if anyone besides me has read Smokestack Lightning by Lolis Eric Elie and enjoyed it as much as I did?

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    Re:Smokestack Lightning Thu, 11/11/10 1:13 PM (permalink)
    I've got a hard cover first edition purchased back in 1996.  I loved it and learned from it.  It now holds a cherished place on my bookshelf.
      seafarer john

      Re:Smokestack Lightning Thu, 11/11/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
      I've got the hardcover purchased on Amazon about 10 years ago, and it is one of those books that is never let out of my library lest it is forgotten to be returned. It is the single best book ever written about the quest for great BBQ. I just now took it down off the shelf and can't wait to reread it - thanks, brisketboy, for the reminder.
      Cheers, John 
        seafarer john

        Re:Smokestack Lightning Tue, 11/16/10 2:17 PM (permalink)
        As compared with most writing about food, Smokestack Lightning reaches the level of literature. It is a book in which you can take pleasure in the writing itself beyond the subject of traveling throughout the south in search of good BBQ. Elie ranks right up there with MFK Fisher and Calvin Trillin as a food writer.   I know we have a number of literary minded members here on Roadfood - I highly recommend the book to them if they have not already discovered it.
        Cheers, John 

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          Re:Smokestack Lightning Wed, 11/17/10 1:54 PM (permalink)
          Seafarer John, I have another book albiet not quite the literary work of Smokestack but it also is an interesting read. It's called Peace Love and Barbeque, I think it's by Mike Mills and he also speaks highly of Calvin Trillin. I think I will try to find some of his works.

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            Re:Smokestack Lightning Wed, 11/17/10 6:08 PM (permalink)
            You'll like Calvin Trillin.  He is one of our great humorists, whether he is writing about food, politics, or characters in his New York neighborhood.  He also has tremendous talent as a serious writer.  Pick up a copy of "Killings" or "Remembering Denny" for that aspect of his work.  "American Fried", Alice Let's Eat", and "Third Helpings" (also known as his "Food Trilogy") for his more humorous and food related musings.

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              Re:Smokestack Lightning Sat, 11/20/10 2:34 AM (permalink)

              You'll like Calvin Trillin.

              "Tepper Isn't Going Out", a fiction book which would fall into the "characters in his New York neighborhood" category,  was very funny.

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                Re:Smokestack Lightning Sat, 11/20/10 1:34 PM (permalink)
                That's one I haven't read.  Thanks for the tip!

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                  Re:Smokestack Lightning Sat, 11/20/10 4:05 PM (permalink)
                  Yep, one of the best.  I was fortunate enough to get a signed first edition too.  It is definitely one of my favorite bbq cookbooks and never gets lent out.
                  Some other titles you might like are Hog Heaven, North Carolina Barbecue/Flavored By Time, and Serious Pig.  You might have a hard time finding Hog Heaven as it was published back in 1979 and only one printing was ever done.  Also, Serious Pig covers more than just Barbecue but is an excellent foodie type book.
                    seafarer john

                    Re:Smokestack Lightning Mon, 11/22/10 2:27 PM (permalink)
                    There's a nice little appreciation of Mosca's restaurant near New Orleans by Calvin Trillin in this week's New Yorker.
                    Cheers, John 

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                      Re:Smokestack Lightning Tue, 01/11/11 9:35 PM (permalink)
                      Will have to pick that up and do a lil reading....
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