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Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey Through the Soul of the South


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The Mississippi Delta is a complicated and fascinating place. Part travel guide, part cookbook, and part photo essay, Eat Drink Delta by veteran food journalist Susan Puckett (with photographs by Delta resident Langdon Clay) reveals a region shaped by slavery, civil rights, amazing wealth, abject deprivation, the Civil War, a flood of biblical proportions, and—above all—an overarching urge to get down and party with a full table and an open bar.

There’s more to Delta dining than southern standards. Puckett uncovers the stories behind convenience stores where dill pickles marinate in Kool-Aid and diners where tabouli appears on plates with fried chicken. She celebrates the region’s hot tamale makers who follow the time-honored techniques that inspired many a blues lyric. And she introduces us to a new crop of Delta chefs who brine chicken in sweet tea and top stone-ground Mississippi grits with local pond-raised prawns and tomato confit. The guide also provides a taste of events such as Belzoni’s World Catfish Festival and Tunica’s Wild Game Cook-Off and offers dozens of tested recipes, including the Memphis barbecue pizza beloved by Elvis and a lemon ice-box pie inspired by Tennessee Williams.

To William Faulkner’s suggestion, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi,” Susan Puckett adds this advice: Go to the Delta with an open mind and an empty stomach. Make your way southward in a journey measured in meals, not miles.

About the Author

Atlanta, GA

Table of Contents

Eating and Drinking Venues by Chapter ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1: Memphis

Gateway to the Delta 13

2: Tunica and Environs

Las Vegas of the South 65

3: Clarksdale

Cradle of the Blues, Crossroads of Cultures 77

4: Como

Hill Town with a Delta Rhythm 101

5: Tallahatchie County

Wild and Mysterious 109

6: Cleveland and Environs

Home of the Fighting Okra 119

7: Greenville

Athens of the Delta 151

8: Leland

Imagination Flows along Deer Creek 171

9: Sunflower County

Homegrown Legends 181

10: Greenwood and Environs

From Cotton Capital of the World to Home of the High-Tech Range 203

11: Humphrey's County

The Catfish Capital 225

12: Yazoo City

Half Hills and Half Delta 233

13: Vicksburg

Red Carpet City of the South 243

Epilogue 273

Resources 275

About the Recipes 279

Selected Reading 281

Photo Credits 285

Index of Restaurants and Places of Note 287

Index of Recipes 291

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Puckett, Susan
University of Georgia Press
Clay, Langdon
Cooking and Food-US Southern
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75 color photos, 1 map
9 x 7.25 in

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