a Savor the South cookbook

By Damon Lee Fowler

152 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, index, no illustrations

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7442-1
    Published: February 2023
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3589-7
    Published: September 2017
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3590-3
    Published: August 2017
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5290-8
    Published: August 2017

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While the hindquarters of swine have been preserved in salt the world over for thousands of years, there are only a few places on earth where ham is as celebrated or integral to the cuisine as it is in the American South. To begin to understand the place that this iconic food holds in the hearts of southerners, Damon Lee Fowler writes, one has only to step into the historic smokehouse of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and take a deep breath. More than a century after the last hams were hung to smoke in that chamber, the aroma of salt, smoke, and air-dried pork still permeates the rough masonry walls and clay floor, filling the air with its earthy perfume.

Even after centuries of culinary transformations throughout the South, that fragrance lingers in kitchens throughout the region. Ham's 55 recipes bring home the love in just about every way—brine- or dry-cured, smoked or not, boiled, baked, glazed, honey-baked and spiral cut, thin-sliced and piled into biscuits and sandwiches, fried up with eggs, with grits, with redeye gravy, added for savor to soups, casseroles, poultry, seafood, and, yes, the vegetable pot. Fowler also includes recipes inspired by Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish dishes, and provides a guide to basic terminology and cooking methods.

About the Author

Damon Lee Fowler is the author of nine cookbooks, including Essentials of Southern Cooking, Classical Southern Cooking, and Beans, Greens, & Sweet Georgia Peaches. He also is the editor and recipe developer of Dining at Monticello. He resides in Savannah, Georgia.
For more information about Damon Lee Fowler, visit the Author Page.


"Libraries who own the earlier volumes in the Savor the South series will want to add this one as well."--Booklist

"Feels like sitting on the front porch of a wise Southern culinary historian and learning the finer points of ham, from smoked and cured to boiled, honey-baked and dry-cured, with 55 recipes."--Flavors

“A sharp collection of slim, single-subject volumes exploring Southern food.”

The New York Times

"For the ham-handed beginner and the ham connoisseur alike, Ham finally gives this delicious meat its due. With his peppery style and friendly, knowledgeable tone, Damon Lee Fowler has made a great addition to the Savor the South cookbook collection--it is HIGH TIME for a book dedicated to this adored southern food."--Martha Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea

"Damon Lee Fowler has filled Ham with extremely appealing recipes, clear instructions, and basic techniques that will produce delightful dishes for your table. His prose conveys a wonderful sense of place and makes clear ham’s role on southern sideboards. Ham and the art of curing are on the rise, and I was happy to learn we can expect more artisanal producers from the South in the future."--Cynthia Graubart, author of Chicken: A Savor the South Cookbook