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Southern Belly : A Food Lover's Companion
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.
"The book blends history, culture and good eating, with visits to more than 200 restaurants."--Atlanta Journal Constitution - Atlanta Journal Constitution "To be in the company of a mind this curious is a pleasure."-The New York Times Book Review - New York Times Book Review "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 "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 "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
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June 28, 2007
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