The Southern Tailgating Cookbook

A Game-Day Guide for Lovers of Food, Football, and the South

By Taylor Mathis

240 pp., 8 x 9.25, 75 color plates, index, 15 sidebars

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-1062-7
    Published: August 2013
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-1063-4
    Published: August 2013
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4413-2
    Published: August 2013

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According to tailgating enthusiast Taylor Mathis, "You’ll understand why a game day in the South is unlike any other" when you read this cookbook. Mathis traveled across twelve states to document the favorite foods and game-day traditions embraced by thousands of fans at colleges and universities throughout the football-crazy South. Featuring 110 vibrant recipes inspired by Mathis's tailgating tours, The Southern Tailgating Cookbook is chock-full of southern football culture, colorful photographs of irresistible dishes from simple to extravagant, and essential preparation instructions.

Recipes cover a full day of dishes, with meals for every taste. From Chicken-Sweet Potato Kabobs to Zesty Arugula and Kale Salad to Deep-Fried Cookie Dough, there is something for every fan. Mathis also serves up day-before checklists, advice on packing for a tailgate, food safety information, and much more. His entertaining rundowns on unique southern football traditions--from fans' game-day attire and hand signals to the music of the marching bands--are sure to lift both seasoned and novice tailgaters to greater heights of tailgate pleasure.

About the Author

Taylor Mathis is a food and lifestyle photographer, a blogger at Taylor Takes a Taste, and a passionate fan of all college athletics. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.
For more information about Taylor Mathis, visit the Author Page.


"There's tailgating. And then there's tailgating. . . . Here are recipes to get your season started."--Chicago Tribune

“If you’re looking for a gift for the tailgater in your life, this book is sure to be a hit.”--Tailgater Magazine

"The Southern Tailgating Cookbook helps satisfy all your culinary tailgate needs."--Houston Press

"The perfect gift book for sports fans."--WFAEats

"Recommended for regional collections."--Library Journal

"Anybody who thinks an autumn tailgate party is another excuse for fried chicken and potato salad needs to score a copy of The Southern Tailgating Cookbook. . . . Armchair football fans will get the same kick out of hearty, high-flavored food cooked in the kitchen or patio and served to the crowd clustered around that monster HDTV."--Southern Pines Pilot

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Read: In a guest blog post,Taylor Mathis explains the significance of college football and tailgating as a social event in the South. Read "Tailgating: The Social Events of the Fall."

Read:In another guest blog post, Mathis explains how football fans show the allegiance to their teams by tailgating. Read "Tailgating and Team Spirit."

"Tailgating and Team Spirit."