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smoke-200x300Checkered-200x300Kent's BBQ & Grilling Books

Smoke In The Mountains – The Art of Appalachian BBQ. Kent Whitaker offers barbecue lovers a taste of Southern Appalachian barbecue in his first book A great read as well as a wonderful recipe book. Full of recipes, stories, tips, tricks and more. All backed up by Kent’s canine barbecue and grilling buddy! click here to purchase
Checkered Flag Cooking – Tailgating Stock Car Racing – The original at the track recipe book! Kent gathers recipes and track side dining tips from drivers, fans, team cooks, chefs, track workers and even car haulers!  

The Hometown Cookbook Series

Great food, recipes, festivals from real hometown
Cooks in each State!

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Cooking culinary History - One State at a time. Kent Whitaker and Sheila Simmons serve up a selection of all-time favorite hometown recipes. The Hometown Cookbook series features recipes from each state submitted by everyday residents, chefs, pit masters and family kitchens. Something to please everyone! Complete with Recipes – Festivals – Events – History MORE INFO


 

Bullets and Bread

Feeding the Great, the Grunts and the Homefront
During World War Two

Directions: In a bowl, put in humor, World War II stories,, stir in K rations, warm canteen water and heat on running tank engine. Add favorite foods of leaders with recipes from WWII, military cooking manuals, blend in info from victory gardens and add a pinch of M&M’s, SPAM and 12 ounces Pabst Blue Ribbon.Memories, Photos, WWII Recipes and History with awarm serving of S.O.S… that “Stuff” on a Shingle! MORE INFO

Talladega Superspeedway

The Visual Story of Alabama's Superspeedway
Talladega, NASCAR and SPEED! The racetrack in central Alabama known as Talladega Super Speedway, originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, was built on the site of a World War II–era Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. NASCAR founder Bill France and his family envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date. Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built. Often simply referred to as “Dega,” the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour. It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest “temporary” cities in the state every race weekend.

Author Kent Whitaker tells the story of this amazing Superspeedway with the help of the Speedway staff, museum, race teams, drivers, and fans. MORE INFO

USS Alabama

The Visual Story of the "Mighty A" During
WWII and Her Journey Home

She was the last of four South Dakota Class Battleships built for World War Two. Her main battery, known as “Big Guns”, consists of nine 16-inch guns. Each could launch a projectile weighing as much as a small car hitting a target twenty one miles away. None of her crew were lost to enemy fire earning her a second nickname; “Lucky A.”  In 1965, with the help of pocket change collected by school children, she came home.
Author Kent Whitaker and Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, visually chart the course of the USS Alabama from the day her keel was laid to her present service as a museum ship and memorial in Mobile, Alabama. MORE INFO


mocover250Books For Kids

Kent Whitaker has two fantastic books for kids of all ages. In Big Mo’s Tennis Ball Hunt Kids can help him find his lost tennis balls and learn to count.A fun book for kids, parents and pups!  
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Why are the Mountains Smoky?A book dedicated to all of the parents that have to answer a seemingly endless amount of questions from kids seating in the back seat of the family car. CLICK HERE FOR INFO

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Hometown Cookbook Series Q&A

A Hometown Taste of America, One State at a Time

The State Hometown Cookbook Series is a collection of cookbooks that are the perfect addition to any home cook’s library and also appeal to the armchair traveler. There are currently five finished editions in the series, Georgia Hometown Cookbook, Louisiana Hometown Cookbook, Mississippi Hometown Cookbook, South Carolina Hometown Cookbook, Tennessee Hometown Cookbook, Texas Hometown Cookbook, and the West Virginia Hometown Cookbook . Each book is a collection of tried and true recipes that preserve the regional food traditions of the state. You’ll find recipes for dishes that families have enjoyed over and over again.

More than just great food! Authors Sheila Simmons and Kent Whitaker pay particular attention to the way the recipes are presented to ensure that each one is easy-to-follow with instructions that are clear and concise. Don’t expect a lot of difficult, gourmet recipes that require a special trip to the grocery store. The Hometown Cookbook Series focuses on good ol’ home cooking and recipes that can be made “right from your pantry.”

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Big Mo's Book Tennis Ball Hunt Book Trailer

Big Mo has lost his tennis balls.Can you help him find them?

mocover250Kids can help Moses "Big Mo" find his lost tennis balls and learn to count at the same time. Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt is a  combination of live action shots of Moses inserted into a colorful illustrated world. Mo searches in everyday settings around his own house in order to find, and count, his lost tennis balls.
Mo loves tennis balls. He likes to roll them. He likes to bounce them. He likes to catch them. And he loves to chew on them! One day Big Mo lost all of his tennis balls. He looked everywhere.

Can you help Mo find his tennis balls?
This delightful story will entertain and educate! Complete with fun full-color illustrations on every page. Children of all ages will enjoy helping Mo search high and low for his lost tennis balls.
Kent Whitaker (Chattanooga, Tennessee), spokesperson for ALPO® Chop House Originals Ribeye-Flavored dog food, has written a new children's book featuring Moses, Alpo spokesdog.

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Talladega Superspeedway by Kent Whitaker

Richard Brickhouse Celebrates Talladega Win

Talladega, NASCAR and SPEED! The racetrack in central Alabama known as Talladega Super Speedway, originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, was built on the site of a World War II era Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. NASCAR founder Bill France and his family envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date. Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built. Often simply referred to as 'Dega" the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour. It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest "temporary"cities in the state every race weekend. Check out some of the great images from the book in the slide show.

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USS Alabama - Pictorial History and More!

 

Battleship Alabama - Powerful: this single word aptly describes a naval vessel known as a battleship. The USS Alabama (BB 60) was the last of four South Dakota–class battleships built for World War II. She is well armored and designed to survive an attack while continuing to fight. Her main battery, known as “Big Guns,” consisted of nine 16-inch guns; each could launch a projectile weighing as much as a small car that could hit a target 21 miles away.

Her crew numbered 2,332 men, none of whom were lost to enemy fire, earning her the nickname “Lucky A.” She served as more than just a battleship: she carried troops, supplies, and seaplanes and served in the Pacific and Atlantic; her doctors treated patients from other ships; she was the wartime home for a major-league ballplayer; the movie setting for Hollywood films; and she traveled home to the state of Alabama with the help of schoolchildren.

Author Bio: Author Kent Whitaker and Bill Tunnell, executive director of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, visually chart the course of the USS Alabama from the day her keel was laid to her present service as a museum ship and memorial in Mobile, Alabama.

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Talladega Superspeedway - Pictorial History and More!

 

Talladega Superspeedway - Originally named Alabama International Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway was built on the site of a World War IIera Air Force base in the heart of Alabama. NASCAR founder Bill France and his family envisioned a race track that would be faster, larger, and more exciting than any track built to date.

Construction began on May 23, 1968, and was completed on September 13, 1969. The end result is the most modern speedway ever built. Often simply referred to as Dega, the track is 2.66 miles long, its high-banked turns are nearly three stories tall, and race cars have reached speeds over 200 miles per hour. It is so popular that it is said to become one of the largest temporary cities in the state every race weekend.

Check out all of the famous names and teams that have made Talladega Superspeedway a modern legend in motorsports!

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