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Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover's Companion to the South Paperback – Bargain Price, June 14, 2007
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—The New York Times Book Review (New York Times Book Review )
"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 )
"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 )
"The book blends history, culture and good eating, with visits to more than 200 restaurants."--Atlanta Journal Constitution (Atlanta Journal Constitution )
Top Customer Reviews
As director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, John T. Edge knows his subject. But while his knowledge of Southern foodlore is impressively deep and wide, don't think for a minute that this is a scholarly tome filled with academic jargon and lofty observations--nothing like it. In pursuit of his quest, John T. is not a man afraid of getting his hands dirty. Or his elbows. Or his shirt front, when you get down to it.
A native Southerner, John T. Edge stands firm and proud in the face of the Macdonalds and Burger Kings goosestepping through the heart of Dixie. The moral fire of his paean to butter pats offers up testimony to his eye for detail and the purity of his vision. "I fell in love with the Waysider soon after I reached for a pat of butter to slather on one of those thin tiles of coarse cornbread they serve hereabouts. Miracle of miracles, it was just that: a pat of butter, a lemony yellow square of salted, churned cream, sandwiched between a white cardboard base and a thin slip of wax paper. These days most restaurants stock little plastic tubs of margarine emblazoned with names that read like false promises: Country Crock, Farm Churn, and I Can't Believe It's not Butter."
John T. gets beyond the barbeque and biscuits reportage of the food magazine writers who figure if they've eaten a slaw dog at the Varsity they've done their slumming in the South. I bet you don't know what a scuppernong or Tabasco mash is. He does. He ain't too proud to eat a pig ear sandwich.Read more ›
If you love food, if you love America, and especially if you love American food, you'll love Southern Belly.
And, of course, he knows all the nooks and crannies of the South. It's a great read and also a
culinary "tour guide" of the South.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received what I paid for but I was disappointed that it offered so few recipes.Published 20 months ago by Doug P
Unfortunate that this is an out of date travel guide and not something more robust. I would not recommend to add this to your cook book or travel guide collections.Published on September 25, 2013 by ahd
leaving out Florida is a HUGE omission. His forward states that he did this purposely (along with Texas), based on his criteria that he only included states that he felt were... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by CAC
I thought this book was a hoot.....and a big hit! Who knew that someone would take the time to address the "Southern belly" ! Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Sharron Y. Pitre
John T. Edge writes about food better than anyone I've read, and Southern Belly is a treat. His account of traveling through the South exploring local establishments, although... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Doc
Loved this book- just be sure to double check all information before traveling -we found some locations had closed/changed since it was published.Published on March 9, 2011 by E. Davis