Cornbread Nation 4

The Best of Southern Food Writing

Title Details

Pages: 320

Illustrations: 16 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.250in



Pub Date: 04/15/2008

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3089-1

List Price: $26.95

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Published in association with Southern Foodways Alliance

Published with the generous support of Friends Fund

Cornbread Nation 4

The Best of Southern Food Writing

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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.

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

Brett Anderson

Jim Auchmutey

Rick Bragg

Wendell Brock

Timothy C. Davis

Lolis Eric Elie

Amy Evans

Beth Fennelly

Marcie Ferris

William R. Ferris

Tom Hanchett

Jessica B. Harris

Mary Hufford

Dan Huntley

Matthew Lee

Ted Lee

Frederick Opie

Audrey Petty

Julia Reed

Fred W. Sauceman

Robb Walsh

R.W. Apple

Deb Barshafsky

Shane K. Bernard

Rick Brooks

Will B. Campbell

Shaun Chavis

Pat Conroy

Hal Crowther

Candice Dyer

Jim Ferguson

Peggy Grodinsky

Jack Hitt

Bernard Lafayette

Cindy Lamb

Christopher Lang

Carroll Leggett

David Leite

Edna Lewis

Michael McFee

Jerry Leath Mills

Jim Myers

T. Edward Nickens

Carol Penn-Romine

Molly O'Neill

Fred Reenstjerna

Fred Thompson

Mary Tutwiler

Judy Walker

Simone Wilson

Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

About the Author/Editor

Dale Volberg Reed (Editor)
DALE VOLBERG REED is a freelance musician and writer. She is coauthor, with John Shelton Reed, of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South.

John Shelton Reed (Editor)
JOHN SHELTON REED is founding coeditor of the journal Southern Cultures. He is the Mark W. Clark Visiting Professor History at the Citadel, and William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is coauthor, with Dale Volberg Reed, of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know about the South.