Southern Food, According to Gourmet


I’ve subscribed to Gourmet for at least ten years. I was about to give up on the magazine until they ran a special edition that focused on Mexican and Latino foods, including a great Colman Andrews piece on Durham taquerias.

Yesterday’s mail brought another smile to my face when I realized the January Gourmet focused on food of the American South. Yeah, South. There’s a beautiful essay by the late great Edna Lewis, discovered after her death. There’s a story on Ayden, North Carolina’s Skylight Inn. John T. Edge writes about Linton Hopkins and his struggle to have Atlanta embrace his Restaurant Eugene. And Scott Peacock puts together a great dinner menu of Southern food. These are real people and real places, some friends or acquaintances, and the magazine truly warmed my heart, making me wanting more. That’s exactly what a food magazine should do. So, to all those bashers of Ruth Reichl, watch out — I’ve got her back!


4 Responses to Southern Food, According to Gourmet

  1. Hello –
    I just read your blog about Miss Edna Lewis and wanted to let you know I produced a documentary, Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie, about
    Miss Lewis a few years ago. You can view it in its entirety at the
    following website:

    Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie link:

    For more information about the film, go to my website at


  2. Varmint says:

    Thanks for your comments, Bailey. And thanks a TON for posting the links to your film and website. I finally got the chance to sit down and watch your documentary on Ms. Lewis, and it was fantastic. Edna Lewis is the Grand Dame of Southern cooking, and Bailey’s film does a super job of telling a sweet story about this dynamic woman.

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