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The Proffitts of Ridgewood: An Appalachian Family’s Life in Barbeque by Fred W. Sauceman

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Ridgewood Barbecue is a family restaurant established in 1948 and still located on U. S. 19E between Bluff City and Elizabethton, Tennessee.  Fred W. Sauceman, a professor at East Tennessee State, published the book, The Place Setting: Timeless Tastes of the Mountain South, from Bright Hope to Frog Level in 2006. Four books later, The Proffitts of Ridgewood,  his sixth book of Appalachian Foodways, zeroes in on the restaurant he obviously considers the most worthy of a closer look. Enlivened by color photographs throuoghout, it is an easy and enjoyable read.

Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2017. 92 pages with color photos on practically every page. Trade paperback