I can’t wait to see Oxford American‘s forthcoming Southern food issue. A few of the things you can expect to find in it:
- A piece on Cuban cuisine and culture* in Florida;
- Carson McCullers “with a never-before-published gem in which she returns to her home state of Georgia, circa 1953”;
- Lewis Nordan with an essay on the peculiar appeal of dog food;
- John Egerton with a meditation on race and Southern food;
- George Singleton, who’s now sworn off booze, on the best hangover cures he’s found;
- Several writers, including Padgett Powell, waxing rhapsodic about their favorite Southern grub. Contributions from Yusef Komunyakaa (on roasted raccoon), James Alan McPherson (on Lowcountry boil); and
- A consideration of Faulkner’s taste for fine wines by Barbara Ensrud.
* I can hear the chorus of my relatives now: “Florida?! Cuban food?! That’s not Southern.” I feel so vindicated. Now pass me the arroz blanco y frijoles negro and a plate of maduros. Not to mention a stack of pastelitos de guayaba y queso, which you can’t really get in these parts.