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“Peace and a Smile to the Lips”: Favorite Southern Food Dishes

“Peace and a Smile to the Lips”: Favorite Southern Food Dishes essay .................... "Peace and a Smile to the Lips" by some of our favorite southern food writers with an introduction by Kathleen Purvis "In the South, our food isn't just the things we eat. Our food is experiences, history, heritage. It's as personal as the sound of our mothers' voices and as sweet as the smell of breakfast on a cold morning." Photograph from the Collections of the Library of Congress. ou might want to handle these pages carefully. What you have in your hands isn't just a list of memories and tastes. It's an act of bravery akin to holding a lit stick of tnt. We have asked these southerners--respected writers and historians, all--to pick their favorite southern food experience. I shake my head and pity them. We southerners are an argumentative lot. We can't hear a frog croak on a summer night without starting a debate. ("You think it's hot tonight, Mr. Croaker? Oh, I've known hotter nights, and better ponds than the one you think is so fine. Why, let me tell you about this pond my mama told me about . . .") As the food editor of a southern newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

“Peace and a Smile to the Lips”: Favorite Southern Food Dishes

Southern Cultures , Volume 15 (4) – Nov 12, 2009

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essay .................... "Peace and a Smile to the Lips" by some of our favorite southern food writers with an introduction by Kathleen Purvis "In the South, our food isn't just the things we eat. Our food is experiences, history, heritage. It's as personal as the sound of our mothers' voices and as sweet as the smell of breakfast on a cold morning." Photograph from the Collections of the Library of Congress. ou might want to handle these pages carefully. What you have in your hands isn't just a list of memories and tastes. It's an act of bravery akin to holding a lit stick of tnt. We have asked these southerners--respected writers and historians, all--to pick their favorite southern food experience. I shake my head and pity them. We southerners are an argumentative lot. We can't hear a frog croak on a summer night without starting a debate. ("You think it's hot tonight, Mr. Croaker? Oh, I've known hotter nights, and better ponds than the one you think is so fine. Why, let me tell you about this pond my mama told me about . . .") As the food editor of a southern newspaper, The Charlotte Observer,

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 12, 2009

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