Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing (Paperback)

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By Dale Volberg Reed (Editor), John Shelton Reed (Editor), John T. Edge (Editor)
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This new collection in the Southern Foodways Alliance's popular series serves up a fifty-three-course celebration of southern foods, southern cooking, and the people and traditions behind them. Editors Dale Volberg Reed and John Shelton Reed have combed magazines, newspapers, books, and journals to bring us a "best of" gathering that is certain to satisfy everyone from omnivorous chowhounds to the most discerning student of regional foodways.

After an opening celebration of the joys of spring in her natal Virginia by the redoubtable Edna Lewis, the Reeds organize their collection under eight sections exploring Louisiana and the Gulf Coast before and after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the food and farming of the Carolina Lowcountry, "Sweet Things," southern snacks and fast foods, "Downhome Food," "Downhome Places," and a comparison of southern foods with those of other cultures.

In his "This Isn't the Last Dance," Rick Bragg recounts his experience, many years ago, of a New Orleans jazz funeral and finds hope therein that the unique spirit of New Orleanians will allow them to survive: "I have seen these people dance, laughing, to the edge of a grave. I believe that, now, they will dance back from it." "My passport may be stamped Yankee," writes Jessica B. Harris in her "Living North/Eating South," "but there's no denying that my stomach and culinary soul and those of many others like me are pure Dixie." In her "Tough Enough: The Muscadine Grape," Simone Wilson explains that the lowly southern fruit has double the heart-healthy resveratrol of French grapes, thus offering the hope of a "southern paradox." The title of Candice Dyer's brief history says it all: "Scattered, Smothered, Covered, and Chunked: Fifty Years of the Waffle House." In a photo essay, documentarian Amy Evans shows us the world of oystering along northwest Florida's Apalachicola Bay, and for the first time in the series, recipes are given-for a roux, braised collard greens, doberge cake, and other dishes.

Published in association with the Southern Foodways Alliance at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. A Friends Fund Publication.

About the Author

Dale Volberg Reed and John Shelton Reed live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Both are members of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the North Carolina Barbecue Society. They have collaborated on other books, including "1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South" and "Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing".

The noted scholar and essayist John Shelton Reed is William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. His numerous books include "One South: An Ethnic Approach to Regional Culture"; "Southern Folk, Plain and Fancy"; and "Whistling Dixie: Dispatches from the South". He also serves as editor of the journal "Southern Cultures". He attends the Chapel of the Cross (Episcopal), in Chapel Hill.

John T. Edge is a contributing editor at "Gourmet." He also writes for the "New York Times " and the "Oxford American " and appears on the Food Network's "The Secret Life of..." and NPR's weekend "All Things Considered." His work has been featured in the last six "Best Food Writings "annuals, and his books include " A Gracious Plenty "and "Fried Chicken: An American Story. "Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississipi, he is also the columnist for the "Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Saving Southern Food series. Visit his website at

Praise For…

"From a fascinating oral history of Paul Prudhomme's contributions to the cuisine of Louisiana to a lovely essay in praise of pork rinds (complete with a list of appropriate wine pairings!), this book offers all the proof I need that Cornbread Nation is by far the best place in the world to live."--Julia Reed, author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena

"The writers in Cornbread Nation 4 form a patchwork quilt of voices celebrating the rich and varied heritage that is southern cooking."--Scott Peacock, Executive Chef of Watershed Restaurant and recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820330891
ISBN-10: 0820330892
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2008
Pages: 308
Language: English
Series: Cornbread Nation: Best of Southern Food Writing