Vivian Howard is the chef at Chef and the Farmer in the small Eastern North Carolina town of Kinston. She also "co-stars" with her husband Ben Knight on their Peabody Award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life.”
I'm happy to present my first cookbook, Country Music's Greatest Eats. It's a collaboration among Southern Living magazine and Country Music Television (CMT) and features 30 of country music's biggest stars and their favorite family recipes and stories. Find the book nationwide whereever books are sold.
Holly Williams' tomato, goat cheese and arugula fritatta. photo: Oxmoor House
In the last episode, we met Sean Kelley, a writer who had set out to raise a couple of pigs for the sole purpose of butchering them himself. He was so adamant about that mission that he even named the pigs Lunch and Dinner. This episode pics up at the point where Dinner had grown to be over 300 pounds and Sean was finally ready to slaughter her.
Sean Kelley is a journalist, and in this show, he begins telling us the sometimes comic/sometimes tragic story about raising a couple of pigs so that he could slaughter, butcher and eat them just learn about that entire process firsthand.
"We know everything about pork and beef and poultry. We know nothing about pigs and cows and chickens," he says.
Chef Hugh Acheson is one of the most celebrated and influential chefs in the country. Today, he has three restaurants in Athens, Georgia: The National, Five and Ten, and Cinco y Diaz. His Empire State South is one of the most popular places to dine in Atlanta and his new restaurant called The Florence is set to open in Savannah in May. Hugh is a two-time James Beard Award winner, once as a chef and once for his cookbook, A New Turn in the South. You may have seen him on television competing on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters or as a judge on the showTop Chef.
“Folks started talking about the New South after the Civil War," says Tom Hanchett, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Where we are now is the newest of the New Souths, the Newcomer South.” Tom speaks about the ever-evolving South, especially as it relates to food, from a booth in El Pulgarcito, a Honduran-Salvadoran-Mexican restaurant in the eastern part of the city.
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. On the show today, she talks about the book and how to define the South by food.
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 Bill Ferris' recent book The Storied South, which is a collection of interviews with iconic writers, musicians, historians, photographers and artists.
Bill tells us here about his close friendship with the famous Southern writer.
Contributor Kelley Libby visits a shape note sing event in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Sometimes this style of singing is referred to as Sacred Harp. That’s because there’s an old tune book called The Sacred Harp, and most shape note singers use it, especially in the deep South.