Jim Early is a trial lawyer and Superior Court mediator. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is married and has three children. Jim is also the author of what many call the definitive book on North Carolina barbecue, The Best Tar Heel Barbecue Manteo to Murphy. He speaks nationally and internationally to fellow lawyers and business personnel on quality of life issues and stress management. Jim is an experienced hunting and fishing guide and leads parties to venues such as Alaska, Montana, the Bahamas, Scotland, South Dakota and Africa. Jim is also a gourment cook and has taught numerous cooking classes for local colleges, businesses, etc. and his meals run the gamut from black tie to kicked back around a campfire. Jim shares proceeds from his current books with Special Olympics North Carolina and Feed the Children. Jim most recently published Reflections - The Memories and Recipes of a Southern Cook. He is currently working on his next book, Shining Times: The Adventures and Recipes of a Sportsman.
In mid-2006, Jim founded the North Carolina Barbecue Society (see www.ncbbqsociety.com). In September 2007, He closed his law office to devote full time to The Society.