Episode 14: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking

by Tanner Latham
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Cynthia Graubart attained culinary celebrity status last year when she won a James Beard Award for the cookbook she co-wrote with famed Southern author Nathalie Dupree. It’s called Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and it is amazing. It took four years to write, and it weighs six and a half pounds. It’s got 750 recipes and another 650 variations on the standards. It is becoming itself a standard--a bible--for any Southern cook.

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Episode 13: Remembering Eudora Welty

by Tanner Latham
Eudora Welty, Jackson, Miss., 1978 by William Ferris

Eudora Welty, Jackson, Miss., 1978 by William Ferris

Eudora Welty was one of the South’s most beloved writers, and her fiction is still a study in detail and dialogue and wit. Her settings were often Southern, but her themes were universal. Eudora won multiple awards in her lifetime, including a Pulitzer in 1973 for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter. She passed away in 2001.

The audio you hear of Eudora in this episode is part of folklorist Bill Ferris' recent book The Storied South, which is a collection of interviews with iconic writers, musicians, historians, photographers and artists. 

I first featured Bill in Episode 10, and we talked extensively about his 40-year career and how the South has perfected the art of storytelling. 

In this episode, Bill returns to tell us about his close friendship with the famous Southern writer. 

Eudora Welty, New Haven, Conn., 1974    

Eudora Welty, New Haven, Conn., 1974

 

Bill Ferris, 1970s

Bill Ferris, 1970s

Bill Ferris, Decatur, Georgia, 2013

Bill Ferris, Decatur, Georgia, 2013

From THE STORIED SOUTH: VOICES OF WRITERS AND ARTISTS by William Ferris.  Copyright © 2013 by William Ferris.

Episode 6: Southern Storytellers - Les Thomas

by Tanner Latham

Les Thomas wrote his way across the South. His travel writing, for Texas newspapers,  Southern Living magazine and beyond, has spanned over 45 years. He's a giant of a man with an innate curiosity.  

"I've always liked to ask questions," he says. "That's been part of my life, I guess. I've probably asked way too many beyond patience, but I don't know how you find out things unless you ask." 

This episode is the first in a series called Southern Storytellers. 

 

Les used a typewriter his whole career. With that came a love for head phones .

Episode 1: What is Southern?

by Tanner Latham

I believe that okra symbolizes the ever-evolving definition of the South. It is Southern to the core, but as a non-native plant, okra had to become Southern. In my search for an answer to the question, "What is Southern?" I talk to my grandmother about her fried okra, the Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the former editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine, and a Korean-born pop singer-turned-chef who fries okra in tempura batter at her Southern barbecue joint in Atlanta.

 

John Floyd, former Southern Living editor-in-chief

Velma Latham, maker of fine fried okra

Ma Ma's fried okra in the cast iron skillet

Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee, chefs and owners at Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta

Spicy Korean pork sandwich, black eyed pea salad, green tomato kimchi, and cucumber and radish salad  at Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta.

Sauces, Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta