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Is The Potlikker Papers a history of the South by way of food stories, or a story about Southern food by way of our history? By the time you come to the end of this rigorous volume, you’ll know that the two are indivisible." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Edge's book means to be about food, but quickly veers into a close examination of the Deep South, before revealing itself as the smartest history of race in America in a generation." Jack Hitt, author, Bunch of Amateurs
To read Potlikker is to understand modern Southern history at a deeper level than you're used to. Not just a history of Southern food; it also stands as a singularly important history of the South itself." The Bitter Southerner
In the South, Edge notes, food and eating intertwine inextricably with politics and social history, and he deftly traces these connections..." Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

John T. Edge writes about the American South. The Penguin Press published his latest book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, named a best book of 2017 by NPRPublisher‘s Weekly, and a host of others. Now in paperback, Nashville selected the book as a citywide read for 2018. Edge is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a columnist for the Oxford American. For three years he wrote the monthly “United Taste” column for the New York Times. His magazine and newspaper work has been featured in eleven editions of the Best Food Writing compilation. He has won three James Beard Foundation awards. In 2012, he won Beard’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

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