“What should emerge from this bacchanal is a sense of how and why what we eat and drink matters.” —John T. Edge
Food, farming, and the cooks, kitchens, producers, and consumers that make up our region’s foodways have always been staple subjects in the Oxford American. Included in this special bundle are three issues from the archive that contain memorable writing on Southern food—OA49 (Spring 2005), OA57 (Summer 2007), and OA88 (Spring 2015)—plus an OA88 cover poster featuring Ben Schonzeit’s gorgeous painting “Sunshine on Peaches.”
Issue 49, Spring 2005
Southern Food Vol. I — guest-edited by John T. Edge
Featuring a previously unpublished essay by Carson McCullers. “Odes” by Padgett Powell, Molly Giles, Donald Harington, Steve Almond, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joshua Foer, and more. Notes by Duncan Murrell and Pete Wells. Essays by Gary Hawkins, Lolis Eric Elie, David Ramsey, Barbara Ensrud, and more. Other contributors include Debbie Fleming Caffery, Blair Hobbs, Jonathan Reynolds, Anne Mendelson, and others.
Issue 57, Summer 2007
Best of the South Vol. II
Odes by Ron Rash, Annie Wedekind, Jeff Baker, Brock Clarke, Bret Anthony Johnston, and more. Art by Henryk Fantazos. Fiction by Michael Gillis and Hannah Pittard. Poetry by Kevin Young and Jennifer Malesich. Plus contributions by David Gessner, George Singletom, Beth Ann Fennelly, Jack Pendarvis, and others.
Issue 88, Spring 2016
Featuring a special section on Southern food
This issue features a special section titled “Breaking Bread: Who is welcome at the welcome table?” Edited by John T. Edge—director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the OA’s longtime “Local Fare” columnist—the section includes an essay by Chris Offutt on trash food; a poem by Kevin Young; Lolis Eric Elie on the late Rudy Lombard; Sara Roahen on Lance Hill’s campaign to save the mirliton; and Todd Kliman on the absence of African-American diners in a city’s culinary scene.