A New Book Celebrating 50 Years of Southern Living!

October 19, 2015 | By | Comments (5)

50th book A New Book Celebrating 50 Years of Southern Living!An excerpt from the introduction to Southern Living: 50 Years, available October 20. Purchase it at Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. 

This book is not just a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Southern Living, a milestone the magazine will hit in February 2016. It’s a celebration of the South, a heartfelt tribute to our people, places, and culture. It represents the work of a lot of talented people over the years, but it’s not a history book, and it’s by no means a definitive guide to the region. This is a scrapbook, a collection of covers, photographs, and stories that attempt to capture the beauty and sweep of the South as seen through the eyes of its biggest fan.

It’s also the story of an incredible journey that started in February 1966, when The Progressive Farmer Company launched Southern Living, declaring it the “Magazine of the Modern South.” As relentless champions of the region’s food, homes, gardens, cities, arts, literature, and natural beauty, the editors envisioned a bright future for the South, and they promoted that vision on every page.

We haven’t strayed far from the vision laid out by our founders in 1966, but what has changed is the South. I imagine those Progressive Farmer editors would be surprised and delighted to know that our cities are the most diverse, dynamic, and sought-after cultural destinations in the country. They’d be especially pleased that the South is celebrating its agrarian roots, with a new generation of farmers reminding us all where we came from.

5 Things You’re Going to Love About this Book
-Tons of fun, archival photos
-Every cover we’ve run since 1966
-Essays by Rick Bragg, Julia Reed, and Bobby McAlpine
-Our favorite recipes, from fried chicken to biscuits
-Beautiful photographs from every region


  1. A Classic Color Combo. – 1998miss.com

    […] am ecstatic about the new read I found today at DuPont Library and you can find it here! It’s Southern Living magazine’s 50th anniversary book! Southern Living is a magazine […]

    March 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  2. Barbara Moon

    Sad that you chose to promote products which cause cancer & serious health risks
    Please put the health & well-being of your readers first
    Too many deaths from lung & other tobacco-related diseases I’m tired of seeing those I love die
    Please don’t encourage this risky addictive practice with full page ads

    January 24, 2016 at 5:15 am
  3. Tommy Turk

    The cover photo is Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia. The drive is over one mile long and has over 400 live oak trees. Wormsloe is operated by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

    December 29, 2015 at 10:11 am
  4. Becky Bowman

    Where is the front page picture from? Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Ga?

    December 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  5. Pam Eiltss

    Hey I was born January of 1966-please give me a couple months to hit the 50 years.

    October 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm

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