Synopses & Reviews
The first volume in what will be an annual collection, Cornbread Nation
gathers the best of recent Southern food writing. In fifty-one entries--original features and selections previously published in magazines and journals--contributors celebrate the people, places, traditions, and tastes of the American South.
In these pages, Nikki Giovanni expresses her admiration for the legendary Edna Lewis, James Villas remembers his friend Craig Claiborne, Rick Bragg thinks back on Thanksgivings at home, Robert Morgan describes the rituals of canning time, and Fred Chappell offers a contrarian's view of iced tea. "Collectively," writes John Egerton, these pieces "buttress our conviction that nothing else the South has to offer to the nation and the world--with the possible exception of its music--is more eternally satisfying, heartwarming, reconciling, and memorable than its food." With the publication of Cornbread Nation, we acknowledge with gratitude the abiding centrality of food in the ongoing life of the South.
Contributors include: Colman Andrews, Jim Auchmutey, Roy Blount Jr., Gene Bourg, Rick Bragg, Fred Chappell, Lolis Eric Elie, Damon Lee Fowler, Nikki Giovanni, Jessica Harris, Karen Hess, Jack Hitt, Ted and Matthew Lee, Ronni Lundy, Robert Morgan, James Villas, and Robb Walsh.
Southern food is legendary stuff, but Southern food writing may be even better, at least as exampled in these pages.
(John Thorne, author of Serious Pig and Pot on the Fire)
A delicious feast, as well as a thoughtful celebration of regional culture. (Kirkus Reviews)
Truly, there's just something about the South, its breezy characters, its off-the-edge eateries, and yes, its barbecue and batter bread. Cornbread Nation puts them all between two covers. (Jean Anderson, author of The American Century Cookbook)
Beautifully describes how food has shaped Southern, as well as American, culture. (Southern Living)
Almost as good as months of roaming back roads and long talks over kitchen tables all over the South. Maybe it's better.(Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of public radio's The Splendid Table)
"Cornbread Nation 1" gathers the best of recent Southern food writing--51 entries culled from original features and previously published selections in magazines and journals--in which contributors celebrate the people, places, traditions, and tastes of the American South. 50 illustrations.
This is the first volume of an annual collection of the best writing about southern food, published in collaboration with the Southern Foodways Alliance.
About the Author
John Egerton is a journalist and author whose books include the award-winning Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History and Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Lolis Eric Elie
Damon Lee Fowler
John T. Edge
Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock
To Edna Lewis
The Legendary Coe Dupuis, Moonshiner
Dori Sanders, Peach Farmer
From the Recipe File of Luba Cohen
Marcie Cohen Ferris
A Confederacy of Sauces
Interview with Kim Wong, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Craig Claiborne Remembered
The Peach Continuum
Dead Men Don't Eat Brownies
Janet L. Boyd
Passing and Repasting
Ode to JoySarah Fritschner
Vacant Kitchens for Sale
Larry T. McGehee
In Praise of innertime
Mary Jane Park
Iced Tea: A Contrarian's View
You Can't Eat 'Em Blues: Cooking Up a Food Song Movie
Roy Blount Jr.
Summer Feeding Frenzy
The Gospel of Barbecue
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
Welcome to Livermush Land
Here's One for the Birds
My Blue Heaven
The Green Bean Conundrum
A Butter Lover Spreads the Word
Mary E. Miller
What the Angels Eat
The South's Thirsty Muse
Dinner at Darrington
In the 'Ham, the Hot Dog Rules
Tara Hulen and Thomas Spencer
Stalking the Wild Hog
The Watermelon Market
East of Houston, West of Baton Rouge
A Sweet and Soulful South Carolina Tour
Matt Lee and Ted Lee
Dinner with Moth
The Southern Foodways Symposium: An Overview from the Editors of Cornbread Nation
Your Greens Ain't Like Mine--Or Are They?
Jessica B. Harris
The Soul of Southern Cooking
It's the Cue: The Life-Altering Impact of Southern Food on One Unsuspecting Yankee
Taking What She Had and Turning It into Money: The Female Farm Economy
Lu Ann Jones
My Love Affair with the Sweet Potato
Okra in the African Diaspora of Our South