Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.14 X 9.22 X 0.65 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

JOHN EGERTON (1935-2013) had been a "professional South-watcher" for half a century. Beginning in high school in the 1950s, through two years in the U.S. Army, five years earning two college degrees, five more as a college news bureau reporter, six as a magazine writer, and for the past thirty-five years as an independent journalist and author, he seldom strayed far from his life's work: following the social and cultural, political and economic trends that forever have made the American South the unique place that it is, for better and worse. Until the publication of Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves, all his published writing, including more than fifteen books, has been classified as nonfiction. He called his new book "a fable ... a parable ... a cautionary tale" in the genre of "political science-fiction," and claimed that he "did not so much author it as synthesize it from hundreds of sources, compile it, and become by default the one to present it to the reading public. Fables don't have authors. They're found, heard, passed down.


Southern food is legendary stuff, but Southern food writing may be even better, at least as exampled in these pages.
(John Thorne, author of "Serious Pig" and "Pot on the Fire")
Almost as good as months of roaming back roads and long talks over kitchen tables all over the South. Maybe it's better.(Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of public radio's "The Splendid Table")
A delicious feast, as well as a thoughtful celebration of regional culture. ("Kirkus Reviews")
Beautifully describes how food has shaped Southern, as well as American, culture. ("Southern Living")
Truly, there's just something about the South, its breezy characters, its off-the-edge eateries, and yes, its barbecue and batter bread. "Cornbread Nation" puts them all between two covers. (Jean Anderson, author of "The American Century Cookbook")