southern food

If You’re Smoking Barbecue At Home, Wood Is The Essential Ingredient

Acacia to walnut, these logs make the best smoke
May 13, 2015 1:00 pm

Joe Carroll effectively jump-started the barbecue boom in Brooklyn with the opening of his Williamsburg restaurant, Fette Sau, in 2007. In his new book, Feeding the Fire, Carroll dishes up various techniques for making excellent fire-cooked meats at home none more important than choosing the right kind of wood. Here is an excerpt.

Manchego Thyme Mac And Cheese Recipe

Cheesy comfort food with fresh herbs
May 11, 2015 3:00 pm
manchego thyme mac and cheese

Food writer and author Nicki Pendleton Wood’s new cookbook is packed to bursting with recipes, tips and secrets from some of the best dinner hosts in the nation: Southerners. Wood interviewed more than 100 people from the American South who take great pride in their dinner parties. Definitely serve mac ’n’ cheese — it’s a famous crowd-pleaser — but jazz it up big time with sharp Spanish Manchego and fresh thyme.  

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Is Celebrating Its Fifth Year In A Big Way

The South’s top culinary talent is gathering in ATL
May 7, 2015 11:00 am

There’s more than one set of Black Eyed Peas in the ATL. The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival has highlighted the best of Southern food culture since 2011, and year five promises to be the best yet.

Slade Rushing Will Not Apologize For His James Beard Award Nomination

“I deserve to be nominated,” Brennan’s chef says
May 1, 2015 10:00 am

Chef Slade Rushing’s efforts to refresh New Orleans’s historic Brennan’s restaurant have generated quite a bit of attention. In March, the James Beard Foundation named him one of four finalists for the coveted title of Best Chef South. Then, almost immediately, came the backlash. According to one influential critic, that honor came way too soon. Rushing, though, is adamant: “I deserve to be nominated.”

A National Cornbread Cook-Off All-Star Champion Has Been Crowned

A winner in a prestigious tournament of champions
Apr 28, 2015 11:00 am

Cornbread and cast iron go together like grits and gravy. But who is the pone queen? The annual National Cornbread Cook-Off settles the score.

Carolina Barbecue Pit Now Perfuming San Francisco’s “Tempeh District”

Rusty’s Southern BBQ now open in the Tenderloin
Apr 21, 2015 1:00 pm

Rusty’s Southern BBQ has brought a version of authentic Lexington-style North Carolina smoked pork to the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Owner Rusty Olson grew up spending summers with his grandparents in the Carolinas, and it was there that he developed an abiding love of the vinegar-based barbecue sauces of the region. Now he’s introduced genuine smoked meat to the Left Coast.

Charlotte Chef Jim Noble Explains The Complicated Food City He Calls Home

A Southern city of transplants and diversity
Apr 13, 2015 1:00 pm

Jim Noble is an ordained minister, doesn’t have any formal culinary training and isn’t one to follow trends. But for more than three decades, he’s been one of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in North Carolina. Here’s an introduction.

Anson Mills Boss Glenn Roberts Is The Guy To Know For Heirloom Grains In America

This celebrated farmer has the mind of a geneticist
Apr 6, 2015 9:00 am

To the average person, grains and beans might be the most prosaic foods imaginable. Fortunately, Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills has more imagination than most of us, and he recognizes the history that lives within the DNA of rice, corn and field peas. Roberts is striving for no less than the rebirth and preservation of generations of heritage grains. And his signature stone-ground organic meal products are utilized in some of the premier kitchens across the country.


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