The State Centers for the Book linked by US Route 1 are joining together to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states/commonwealths for readers traveling the major and meandering highway.

The Route

U.S. Route 1 is a major north–south U.S. Highway that serves the East Coast from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida. At 2,369 miles, it's the longest north–south road in the United States. The Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book along that route to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers travelling this meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Representative map of US Route 1

 

2019 ReadSC's Route 1 Reads Selection

Cover of Robert F. Moss' The Barbecue Lover's the Carolinas: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes and Traditions

For 2019, ReadSC's Route 1 Reads selection is Robert F. Moss' The Barbecue Lover's the Carolinas: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes and Traditions. This is an essential reference tool for those looking to immerse themselves in the culture of Carolina-style barbecue. Perfect for both the local BBQ enthusiast and the traveling visitor alike, you will find the history of the BBQ culinary style where to find––and most importantly consume––the best of the best local offerings; regional recipes from restaurants, chefs, and pit masters; information on the best barbecue-related festivals and culinary events; plus, regional maps and full-color photography.

Robert F. Moss is the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living and the Southern Food Correspondent for Serious Eats, and his work has also appeared in publications such as Garden & Gun, the Los Angeles Times, the Charlotte Observer, and Early American Life. Robert is the author of Barbecue: The History of an American Institution (2010), the first full-length history of barbecue in the United States, and Going Lardcore: Adventures in New Southern Dining (2012), a collection of essays about dining in the modern South. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Robert received his B.A. from Furman University and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina.

 

The full list of featured books is listed below, in geographical order from North to South. More details about each state's selection and a map of participating states can be found at Route1Reads.org.