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The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 7: Foodways Paperback – September 24, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807858404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807858400
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightful and informative read, so much so that it can be read straight through as a highly readable introduction to southern foodways. It of course serves equally well as a reference work."--Western Folklore

"A primer on the nation's foremost regional cuisine."--The Courier

"A delicious repast, encompassing the regional specialties of Southern cooking from biscuits to benne, from Coca-Cola cake to stack cakes, from collard greens to red beans and rice."--Georgia Library Quarterly

"The volume offers much food for thought as well as food descriptions sure to make folks hungry."--The Herald-Sun

"This first-of-its-kind study of Southern foodways is intellectual enough for history buffs and entertaining enough for kitchen cooks."--Delta Magazine

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"The fact that southern food, real southern food, is thriving in an age of homogenization, globalization, and desensitization is due in no small part to the efforts of John T. Edge and the Southern Foodways Alliance. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture is their testament. Anyone even mildly curious about what it is to be southern will find nothing here but the truth. Amen, and pass the okra."--Alton Brown

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Winter Maiden on July 4, 2008
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I have the original "Encyclopedia of Southern Culture," and I am delighted to see that a new edition is being published, and in an expanded, multi-volume format, too. On the whole, I like what I've read so far quite a lot. Most articles strike a pleasing balance between the academic and the popular, with both good general information and entertaining tidbits.

I do have a few reservations, though. Some of the articles in this volume (and other volumes, as well) quote authors who aren't credited in the short end-of-article bibliographies. The articles occasionally seem rather random and choppily edited. And some articles appear to drag in race just so the authors can assure the reader that slavery and Jim Crow were Very Bad Indeed. (Are they instructing the presumably-white-Southern and thus presumably-benighted reader? Or do they simply feel obligated to throw in a "racism is terrible" remark as a sort of "Hail, Mary!", regardless of how appropriate to the particular context?) Sometimes this tendency is merely a matter of stating the obvious, but sometimes it achieves a certain level of entertaining absurdity, e.g., after noting that African Americans during the Jim Crow era often had to carry their meals because restaurants wouldn't serve them: "While their home-cooked meal was probably better than what they would find in a restaurant on the road, for most blacks the food took on a bitter quality because of the lack of freedom to choose."

In addition, I have come across one case (in a different volume of the series) where the author of an article quotes her own theory extensively and in the third person, in the process commending the scholar (herself) for shedding new light on the topic.
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