A Cooking Weekend Below the Gnat Line

Several months ago, I got an email from a woman with an intriguing request  unlike any I’d ever before received. Maureen Lok wrote that she is the Board Chair at The Center for Children & Young Adults, a group home that provides food, clothing, shelter, education, recreation, medical care and psychological care to abused and […]

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A Dazzling Delta-Inspired Finale

Throughout my food-writing career, I have taken particular delight in giving shout-outs to the  often unsung culinary heroes who add nuance and dimension to the Southern story  — from barbecue pitmasters, to small-ag farmers, to old-time tamale makers. Every once in a while, though, I will find equally amazing insight into a region’s food heritage […]

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Welcome to Water Valley

Next week, I’ll be heading back to Mississippi and Memphis alongside my trusty driving and dining companion (aka Mama) to take part in several fun events to talk about Eat Drink Delta — and hopefully sign and sell lots of copies! (Please check my home page as I update these listings of events.) I love […]

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Tasting Atlanta’s Soul

In my 20-plus years of living in Atlanta, I have lamented the passing of several of its finest Southern meat-and-three institutions:  Deacon Burton’s, Son’s Place, Carver’s Kitchen…Somehow, though, I kept overlooking the Busy Bee Cafe, which has been dishing up classic soul food in the historic West End district since 1947.  So I was very […]

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A sweet farewell to Ole Miss…for now

Last week I taught my last class at Ole Miss before heading back to Georgia. We mostly spent the hour reminiscing about our field trip to Clarksdale to collect stories for our Delta Project magazine focused on the food culture of this remarkable region I became obsessed with while researching Eat Drink Delta. (They all […]

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