Mississippi chef Brad McDonald takes on the American South in his new book, Deep South. With time-tested recipes and modern spins on Southern favorites alongside stories, history, profiles and more, this is a superb volume that goes well beyond fried chicken and banana pudding.

Also called hog maws, pig’s cheeks are said to bring good luck when eaten on New Year’s Day with collard greens and hoppin’ John.

Reprinted with permission from Deep South