Robert F. Moss is a highly respected authority on food, drink, and culinary history. Working from his home base in Charleston, South Carolina, he is the founder and publisher of The Southeastern Dispatch, 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. His new book, The Lost Southern Chefs: A History of Commercial Dining in the Nineteenth-Century South will be published in February 2022. He is also a co-founder of the annual Holy Smokes Lowcountry Barbecue Festival in Charleston.