Did the books you read on NC include Kent's Carolina Barbecue book?
Yes, "Kent's Carolina Barbecue Book: Carolina barbecue restaurant reviews, recipes, history, culture, more" by H. Kent Craig is one of the five. The others are:
"Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue" by John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed
"The Best Tar Heel Barbecue: Manteo to Murphy" by Jim Early
"North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored By Time" by Bob Garner
"Bob Garner's Guide to North Carolina Barbecue" by Bob Garner
All of these books are enjoyable reads and interesting, but "Holy Smoke" is GREAT! It is full of TONS of good barbecue information, not only for North Carolina, but barbecue in general! Lots of barbecue trivia!
I'l hoping that there are other books similar out there that someone might know of on bar becue joints anywhere. I've also got "BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt" by David Gelin, but I haven't started reading that one yet.
If anyone knows of any other Q-joint reviews or books - PLEASE let me know.