Synopses & Reviews
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 cafés, 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.
"Edge is a man on a mission, a mission to preserve and celebrate two of America's greatest cultural gems: the food and the food lore of the South. . . . Southern Belly is the apotheosis of Edge's great passions for Southern food and Southern people. The book is filled with pictures, drawings, maps, stories, recipes and--most important--a carefully culled selection of Southern restaurants that serve what Edge calls 'honest food.' He is a spirited guide . . . What he does best: uncover another unsung gastronomical treasure with a surprising, uniquely Southern story."--Salon.com Salon.com
"To be in the company of a mind this curious is a pleasure."
—The New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review
andquot;To be in the company of a mind this curious is a pleasure.andquot;
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"Sit back and travel with accomplished food writer Edge as he presents some of the best and most unique restaurants the South has to offer. . . .Without a doubt, Edge demonstrates just how much food is woven into the fabric of the South. This book will score high."
—Library Journal Library Journal
"The book blends history, culture and good eating, with visits to more than 200 restaurants."--Atlanta Journal Constitution
"I want to keep Southern Belly around for reference and re-reading. That's why I keep fighting off the urge to eat it."—Roy Blount Jr.
"The best new book about Southern food in over a decade."
- John Thorne, author of Outlaw Cook
"Jophn T. edge has scoured the South in search of the region's food. In Southern Belly, he serves up a mess of Dixie Delight, well seasoned with history, ancedote. opinion and wit."
-Jessica B. Harris, author of The Welcome Table.
"With a sensibility rooted in both research and rock'n'roll, [John T. Edge] has made throwbacks to standbys like catfish and collards and fried pimento cheese hip."
—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta Journal Constitution
In this updated and expanded edition, with recipes from some of the South's most famous kitchens, John T. Edge, "the Faulkner of Southern Food," travels the back roads from Texas to Virginia, from chicken shack to fish camp, from barbecue stand to pie shed, to bring you the most savory food and history the South has to offer. In Southern Belly, you'll find a South hidden in plain sight, where cooks who've been standing tall by the stove since Eisenhower was in office serve local specialties found nowhere else. The perfect traveling companion, Edge reveals the stories and secrets behind this mouthwatering food as he guides you to more than two hundred places that have quietly become Southern institutions.
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 Sa
Table of Contents
xi Introduction: An Appetite for Context
51 (North) Florida
191 North Carolina
219 South Carolina
271 (East) Texas
321 Photograph Credits