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"The Faulkner of Southern Food"

Check out this interview at Salon.com with John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, who is on the road promoting his new revised version of Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover's Companion to the South.

Edge, the article says, "is a man on a mission, a mission to preserve and celebrate two of America's greatest cultural gems: the food and the food lore of the South." He has been called "the Faulkner of Southern food" and nominated for four James Beard awards.

In the interview, Edge talks about what he calls "honest food," how the roots of Southern food have been lost in translation as corporations try to package it, Kool-Aid pickles, how he finds the places he puts in his book, and how integration ties up with food.

"Except for sex, eating is the most intimate activity we regularly engage in with others," Edge tells Salon's Adam Roberts. "The fight of the citizens of the South to exclude blacks from churches and schools -- well, the subtext of that was: "If we let you sit down next to us at the restaurant, the next thing we know you'll be diddling our wives."

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 02:26PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

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