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The Edible South

The Edible South IntroductIon .................... by Marcie Cohen Ferris Southern food is many things to many people--a vast world of meaning and symbolism and plain old eating to generations of southerners and visitors to the region. Greensboro, Alabama, c. 1935, photographed by Walker Evans, courtesy of the FSA Collection at the Library of Congress. y mother-in-law, Shelby Flowers Ferris, has kept a daily journal for over forty years. These are not personal diaries in which she shares her "feelings"--which I imagine seem self-indulgent to such a practical woman--but rather carefully recorded details about daily meals, celebrations, family comings and goings, and social obligations surrounding life on a farm near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Food provides much of the descriptive detail in these yearly-annotated calendars. An April 22, 1972, entry, for instance, notes the following menu at noon: "baked ham, beaten biscuits, stuffed eggs, potato salad." The same meal could have been served in Vicksburg in 1872, was eaten in the spring of 2002, and will likely be enjoyed as long as the Ferris Family gathers together at the farm. Shelby Ferris is quick to dismiss her journals as commonplace--the sort of record any organized woman would keep--but the contents suggest otherwise. Like generations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

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IntroductIon .................... by Marcie Cohen Ferris Southern food is many things to many people--a vast world of meaning and symbolism and plain old eating to generations of southerners and visitors to the region. Greensboro, Alabama, c. 1935, photographed by Walker Evans, courtesy of the FSA Collection at the Library of Congress. y mother-in-law, Shelby Flowers Ferris, has kept a daily journal for over forty years. These are not personal diaries in which she shares her "feelings"--which I imagine seem self-indulgent to such a practical woman--but rather carefully recorded details about daily meals, celebrations, family comings and goings, and social obligations surrounding life on a farm near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Food provides much of the descriptive detail in these yearly-annotated calendars. An April 22, 1972, entry, for instance, notes the following menu at noon: "baked ham, beaten biscuits, stuffed eggs, potato salad." The same meal could have been served in Vicksburg in 1872, was eaten in the spring of 2002, and will likely be enjoyed as long as the Ferris Family gathers together at the farm. Shelby Ferris is quick to dismiss her journals as commonplace--the sort of record any organized woman would keep--but the contents suggest otherwise. Like generations

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 12, 2009

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