Southern Belly: A Food Lover's Companion (Paperback)

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This latest edition of Southern Belly by Oxford foodie and James Beard Award winner John T. Edge is an essential read for anyone planning to visit the South or interested in Southern food in general. Organized by State, each section is a wealth of information on culture, history and most importantly, food!

— Adam


John T. Edge, "the Faulkner of Southern food" (the "Miami Herald"), reveals a South hidden in plain sight, where restaurants boast family pedigrees and serve supremely local specialties found nowhere else. From backdoor home kitchens to cinder-block cafes, he introduces you to cooks who have been standing tall by the stove since Eisenhower was in office. While revealing the stories behind their food, he shines a bright light on places that have become Southern institutions.
In this fully updated and expanded edition, with recipes throughout, Edge travels from chicken shack to fish camp, from barbecue stand to pie shed. Pop this handy paperback in the glove box to take along on your next road trip. And even if you never get in the car, you'll enjoy the most savory history that the South has to offer.

About the Author

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565125476
ISBN-10: 1565125479
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: June 29th, 2007
Pages: 352
Language: English