The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region


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University of North Carolina Press
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7.02 X 1.18 X 9.98 inches | 1.93 pounds

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About the Author

Marcie Cohen Ferris is professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a former president of the Southern Foodways Alliance.


Show[s] that southern foodways is more than the food on the table. 'Food stands at the center of southern history and culture' (333), [Ferris] writes in her conclusion, and after reading this book, one would have to agree.--49th Parallel

A monumental book, which examines the relationship between Southern culture and cuisine at watershed moments in the region's history." --Charleston Post and Courier

A lively, informative exploration of southern history . . . Belongs in all academic library collections.--CHOICE

In this colorful and well-researched history, [Ferris] shows persuasively how food has shaped and nourished Southern identity.--Kirkus

Ferris reveals a fraught culinary world that struck some as idyllic, pastoral, and bountiful, others as sumptuous and decadent, and still others as barbaric and repressive." --Journal of Folklore Research

Demonstrates how power dynamics shaped Southern identity throughout its history and that food played a crucial part in its negotiation.--Southern Historian

Everything you need to know about a cherished but endangered foodway." -- The Pilot

Successfully describes the development of southern food and its social history.--West Virginia History

[A] very readable survey--Brown Alumni Magazine

Folklorists will find The Edible South useful and enlightening. . . . Will provide much 'food for thought.'--Journal of American Folklore

Well researched and integrates a wide array of food scholarship. . . . Excellent in convincing its readers of the importance of food in writing and understanding history.--American Studies

Of tremendous use, not only for historians of the South and food historians, who will welcome this spur to incorporate the sometimes neglected South in their own national accounts, but also as a sampler of sources and methodologies for food history.--North Carolina Historical Review

Extensively researched, The Edible South takes a new perspective on the American region and its rich, tumultuous history.--A Saveur September 2014 Best Food and Drink Release

It's clear from Ferris' research, her scouring of diaries and documents, that other people see food too. Thanks to her research, their voices resonate and fill a historical context with personality and flavor.--CHoW Line

Ferris has exhaustively traced the origins of southern cooking. . . . [She] delves into the South's most significant foods. . . [and] performs a particularly important job by painstakingly explaining just how slave culture and subsequent Jim Crow laws and segregation made southern cooking unique.--Booklist

For anyone wishing to pursue a study of the South through comestibles, [The Edible South] is probably the best place to start. . . . I implore you: Dig in!" --Southern Register

Ferris uses the lens of food to step into a vast and complex search of southern history.--Jackson Free Press

A weighty, well-researched study of what are nowadays called 'foodways.'" --Colman Andrews, The Wall Street Journal

This is a landmark study, thoroughly researched, clearly conveyed, and packed with illustrations. Ferris provides scholars and general readers much to savor."--American Historical Review

A book whose value will likely increase with time.--Tennessee Libraries

Contains a myriad of interesting stories and anecdotes.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly"

Ferris clearly knows her subject. . . .A must read.--Journal of American History

Not only does Ferris pinpoint and chronicle evocative moments throughout the South's larger history, but she manages to eloquently express how this history shaped southern cuisine and, to a greater extent, southern identity." --Oxford American

In the new and expanding field of food studies, [The Edible South] is a monumental book against which others shall be judged.--Clarion-Ledger

Impressive." --Daily Beast

Profound in its recognition of the multiple ways in which food builds and separates a society, creating social boundaries, nutritional harms, and everyday routines.--Folklore

Required reading of any serious student of the South and its foodways.--Journal of Mississippi History

Certain to become an indispensable reference tool for scholars of U.S. food studies and of southern culture.--The Journal of Southern History