496 pp., 7 x 10, 50 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2995-7
Published: August 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-1769-5
Published: September 2014
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Awards & distinctions
2016 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
A Smithsonian.com choice for The Best Books About Food of 2016
A 2014 Okra Summer Pick: Great Southern Books Fresh Off the Vine, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
The region in which European settlers were greeted with unimaginable natural abundance was simultaneously the place where enslaved Africans vigilantly preserved cultural memory in cuisine and Native Americans held tight to kinship and food traditions despite mass expulsions. Southern food, Ferris argues, is intimately connected to the politics of power. The contradiction between the realities of fulsomeness and deprivation, privilege and poverty, in southern history resonates in the region’s food traditions, both beloved and maligned.
About the Author
Marcie Cohen Ferris, professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.
For more information about Marcie Cohen Ferris, visit the Author Page.
“In this colorful and well-researched history, [Ferris] shows persuasively how food has shaped and nourished Southern identity.”--Kirkus
"Ferris has exhaustively traced the origins of southern cooking. . . . [She] delves into the South’s most significant foods. . . [and] performs a particularly important job by painstakingly explaining just how slave culture and subsequent Jim Crow laws and segregation made southern cooking unique."--Booklist
"Extensively researched, The Edible South takes a new perspective on the American region and its rich, tumultuous history."--A Saveur September 2014 Best Food and Drink Release
“A weighty, well-researched study of what are nowadays called ‘foodways.’” --Colman Andrews, The Wall Street Journal
“Not only does Ferris pinpoint and chronicle evocative moments throughout the South’s larger history, but she manages to eloquently express how this history shaped southern cuisine and, to a greater extent, southern identity.” --Oxford American
"Impressive." --Daily Beast