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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820344257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820344256
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Finally! A book devoted entirely to the foodways of Mississippi’s delta—cradle of the civil rights movement, birthplace of the blues, and a confounding culinary region where stuffed grape leaves cozy up to barbecue, tamales to fried green tomatoes, and kibbeh to lemon icebox pie. In Eat Drink Delta Mississippi native Susan Puckett makes sense of it all—town by town, kitchen by kitchen, dish by dish—in an engaging travelogue that takes the reader to family-run roadhouses, seasonal tea rooms, postmodern bistros, and out-of-the- way juke joints. In her sojourns, Puckett charmed the best recipes out of the region’s cooks, making this not only the best insider’s guide to the area but a superb delta cookbook as well—you’ll need one copy for the car and one for the kitchen!”—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor


“A travelogue, a guide to Delta dining, and a cookbook, Susan Puckett’s Eat Drink Delta uses foodways as a window to the region’s culture. It will appeal to anyone who wants to better understand the Delta, whether from an armchair or a car.”—Dr. Luther Brown, director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University


"Eat Drink Delta eloquently tells the story of the deepest south of the Deep South, the land where black and white can have sharp contrasts, and yet many of the food traditions are blended into a rich, smooth mélange, much like the soil itself. Puckett immerses the reader in a tale that shares how the dark, fertile soil of the Delta nurtures crops as well as American food and culture. The land that produced King Cotton also produced the King of Rock and Roll. And the land that produced catfish and BBQ now produces kibbee and Chinese collard greens. Puckett’s artful storytelling creates a vivid scene—not mere guidebook information—revealing a true culinary journey through one of the largely unknown areas of the country."—Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking


"[Eat Drink Delta] works as a fun, flip-through read, with enough incentives to propel you into the kitchen to try one of the recipes that represent the diversity and character of the Delta."—Sherry Lucas, Clarion-Ledger


"This stomach-stretching tour of the Mississippi Delta by a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution food editor takes readers inside a region that boasts 'the most Southern food on earth'. . . . The volume's gritty, photojournalistic imagery is a welcome departure from the glossy, santized views we've come to expect from our guidebooks. The book profiles over 100 largely un-touristed eating establishments in mouthwatering detail. It makes for a perfect road trip companion—or transportive bedtime reading."—Elizabeth Gunnison, Wall Street Journal


"Jackson native Susan Puckett takes Southern foodies on a gastronomic journey through the Delta. . . . Taking 18 years of experience as a food editor, Puckett whips up a great read about tried-and-true Southern favories in this guidebook of old and new Delta hot spots."—Mississippi Magazine


"It's a book that, if used properly, will wind up tattered and dog-eared in your glove compartment. . . . Together these two Deltaphiles [Susan Puckett and Langdon Clay] have created a keeper of a book—one that inspires exploration both in the kitchen and on the road." —Keith Pandolfi, Saveur


"For anyone making a trip to a region that’s been called the most Southern place on earth, Eat Drink Delta is indispensible. It belongs in every Mississippi-bound automobile, right next to the GPS. Just be sure to grab plenty of paper napkins, too. You’ll need them to catch all that tamale juice dripping down your face."—Wendell Brock, Paste Magazine

About the Author

Susan Puckett is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She was the food editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for eighteen years and has written for many national food and culture magazines. She is an author of six previous books, including A Cook’s Tour of Mississippi and The 5:30 Challenge Cookbook. Puckett lives in Atlanta.

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The book has great stories about the restaurants in the area and the passion of the author shines through.
Raman
It is full of great information and stories about the Delta and it's beautiful history especially as it has to do with the glorious food found there.
M. Duharte
It focuses on the Delta region of Mississippi, one of the quirkiest places in America and one of the most interesting, culturally and historically.
Mr. Nowhere

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Duharte on January 12, 2013
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This is such a great combination of book meets cookbook. It is full of great information and stories about the Delta and it's beautiful history especially as it has to do with the glorious food found there. It also serves as a guide of where to eat along the Delta, covering most of the historical must-eat establishments (and what specialties they are known for). The writing is wonderful, the pictures are beautiful, and the recipes all seem authentic and delicious. For those of us that like to read and love to cook, this is a win win!! Would recommend to everyone, and plan to give this out as gifts to my friends. 5 stars!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nowhere on January 11, 2013
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This is a great book for anyone who loves American regional cuisine -- Southern cuisine in particular. It focuses on the Delta region of Mississippi, one of the quirkiest places in America and one of the most interesting, culturally and historically. Its food reflects its nature -- a blend of traditional Southern dishes and eccentric local oddities. The book is part travel guide, part restaurant guide -- laced with recipes for many of the dishes it describes and profusely illustrated with gorgeous and evocative color photographs by Langdon Clay, depicting both the food and the places it's served.

After spending some time with it, I guarantee you'll want to throw this book in the back of your car, head off to the Delta and start looking for some Delta-style tamales or fried okra or crawfish cakes. The mouth waters just thinking about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James McIntosh on January 13, 2013
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Not only were the recipes good, ti was a great travel guide, and most importantly,it provided a rare insight on a region not well documented. It was also a very entertaining read.,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pootagooluk on October 10, 2013
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I lived in north Mississippi hill country for six years at the end of the millennium, not far from the Mississippi Delta, a place described by food writer Susan Puckett as "the raggedy-edged floodplain that lies between the Mississippi River and Loess Hills just beyond the Yazoo, an area of about 4 million acres in the northwest corner of Mississippi and at the edge of Tennessee. Flat as a sheet, and more oval in shape than deltoid, it's about 200 miles top to bottom and about 80 miles at its widest." I took many trips into the Delta--attended a crawfish boil in Marks; a wedding in Vicksburg; blues festivals in Greenville and Clarksdale; drove the two-lane road that roughly follows the big river from north to south; tripped out to see tornado-demolished cotton gins and bird migrations--and I was struck by how different, culturally and geographically, the place seemed when compared to my native Kentucky. I was a sporadic visitor, and I never got my fill.
I wish I'd had Eat Drink Delta back then, because Puckett, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, provides an insightful introduction to Delta geography, history, foodways, and social customs in a travelogue inspired by a dinner she ate at Lusco's restaurant in Greenwood in the mid-1970s--a magical night of private booths and well-dressed folks eating hubcap-sized steaks and broiled pompano in a "dumpy old grocery store in a run-down part of town." Puckett has now traveled all over the Delta, and the results of her research, these stories of food and folks, whets the appetite and makes the region more accessible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evangeline on January 28, 2013
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Driving down 61? You need this book. It's less about the recipes and more about where to eat along the way. Oh how sad I was to read about all of that Memphis BBQ I missed, since this book was published after I got back home. Don't bypass the tamales at the White Front Cafe. The Airport Grocery's service was such that I almost went into the kitchen myself to make a sandwich. For soul food (also known as Southern Sunday dinner food) it's The Senator's Place in Cleveland, MS . Shop for gorgeous pottery and eat seasonal fare at The Gallery in Merigold, MS. If you like to drink your dinner, head over to Po Monkey's. Happy trails!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margie Read VINE VOICE on January 30, 2013
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This is more than a cook book. It is a trip to the Mississippi Delta, a land unto itself. It really reads almost like a novel, very enjoyable and the good food makes one's mouth water while reading the pages. If you are a cook book collector who does like to read them cover to cover as well as try out the tasty recipes, this is the book for you. It was fill your soul with happy thoughts and good soul food as well. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angel on February 7, 2013
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This book was a birthday gift for a friend who grew up in the Delta. He loves the book...can't put it down! I'm sure he'll be trying some of the recipes...I can't wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Marquez on January 26, 2013
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Susan Puckett portrays the Delta beautifully with stories and recipes. A great read for anyone who loves the Delta, or wants to learn more about the most unique place.
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