Win A Signed Copy Of Our 50th Anniversary Book + Cake Stand

December 13, 2015 | By and | Comments (129)
Photo: Laurey Glenn

Photo: Laurey Glenn

Southern Living is built on tradition and heritage. Whether it’s gorgeous gardens, Grandma’s biscuit recipe, antique jewelry, or our favorite small towns, we’ve been working for 50 years to bring you the best and the brightest of the South.

For our fiftieth anniversary, we’ve compiled a book that represents just this – what we love about the South. With 300 stunning images, essays from a handful of the South’s best and most notable writers, nearly 600 Southern Living covers through the years, and our classic, beloved recipes, 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture is a journey through the back roads, the big cities, the restaurants, the dive bars, and – most importantly – the people. A perfect conversation piece, coffee table topper, and hostess gift, we’re giving away a copy signed by Sid Evans, our Editor-In-Chief.

In addition, you’ll receive a cake stand from our very own Southern Living prop closet. It’s been used and well-loved in some of our most iconic cake photoshoots – including an upcoming story about classic Southern cakes.

What do you love most about the South? Comment below for a chance to win. Official rules here.


  1. nora

    I’m a northern gal who is living and loving the south through your magazine I love the flowers the cooking the fashions and the great places I will visit. Thank you

    January 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  2. Julie

    Most of us take pride in our southern manners and never miss an opportunity to serve guests a glass of sweet tea with a monogrammed napkin. And when we say, “honey, sugar, dumpling, pumpkin, and sweetie pie” we are usually not referring to food. The south is the only place you can sound sweet while saying something mean about someone, bless her heart. There are too many wonderful things to love about the south, but I’ve found its the people that make it special!

    December 19, 2015 at 4:34 pm
  3. Angie Brumley

    I love the people. The food. The lifestyle. The pace. The weather. The pioneering spirit. The attitude. The faith. The love.

    December 19, 2015 at 8:32 am
  4. Vickie

    I come from a long, long line of southerners, dating back way over one hundred years. Born, raised and I still live in the south.
    The south is comprised of many states each with their own unique nuances. All special and beautiful. Different.

    With the differences some things hold true for us all.
    All our mommas cook the best of this or that. And, it is true, it is. Really. It is also true southern woman run the home, the heartbeat of the home.
    By the way Momma really does make the best chicken and dumplings and hummingbird cake you ever put in your mouth. True.

    We all have long held traditions, we cherish, clutch tightly to and pass on.
    Faith, honor, love, and family are our corner stones. The foundation being our cooking. Every life event has cooking at the center.

    Two things I love the most.

    The language used, old English, or thick and drawn out it some regions of the south . You can still find it in the mountains. True southern accents, that is being lost, sad to say.
    Where hog wire store is the hardware store. Or beans is beings, my daddy says this all the time. Some would say hillbilly, but with research you will find is actually old English brought from England.

    The second is the beautiful mystery we are to any one not from the south. The mystery of everything about us a people and the landscape. I dearly love our eccentric people, not kookie at all, bless your heart. No mystery at all. What is there to not love about the south.

    December 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm
  5. John Prather

    For me it is good people. Country music. Fishing. Old ford pickups with an old hound dog in the back. Dirt roads. Gospel music. Mountain music. Fiddles and clog dancing. Dulcimer playing at pickin on the square. People watching on the town square. Pipe smoking. The Spanish moss and gators. Oysters and po boys. The slamming of the screen door. Lightening bugs. SEC football. Pulled pork BBQ. Moo pies. RC cola. Our deep held traditions and faith. Everything is centered around our mamas and good country cooking. Laundry drying on an old clothes line.The reverend Billy Grahm. So many wonderful things to love about the south.

    December 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm
  6. Britta

    Like that warm southern hospitality, charming old homes and the food.

    December 16, 2015 at 9:48 am
  7. amy williams

    The landscape! Such beautiful country!

    December 16, 2015 at 9:20 am
  8. Sherri McClintock

    The people, biscuits and atmosphere of the South.

    December 16, 2015 at 4:34 am
  9. Kay Briley

    I love the people, the traditions and the food. We care about our neighbors and make lifelong friends and our families are closely knit.

    December 16, 2015 at 2:34 am
  10. Elin Roberts


    December 16, 2015 at 2:17 am
  11. Susan Hatcher

    Sweet tea, front porch swings, springtime and the blooms it brings! Love my home in the south and my southern heritage.

    December 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm
  12. marijka

    Our Culture. Period.

    December 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  13. Mary Z

    The South represents a lifestyle, traditions, graciousness, hospitality and goodness all while being understated. I’m originally from the north and folks are much more direct up north and more in your face. In the South there’s a charming way of behavior where things happen without the aggressiveness of living up north. I’ll take the south but still love my family and friends in the north. Besides the weather is better down here!!!

    December 15, 2015 at 7:10 am
  14. Kimberly Ballard

    making and eating fresh key lime pie during the Christmas Holiday

    December 14, 2015 at 10:19 pm
  15. Rebecca Butler-Trapp

    Southerners are known for their hospititality and food. For “blessing hearts” and caring for their community. A slower pace of life with time honored traditions.

    December 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm
  16. Dianne Grosko

    The food and hospitality.

    December 14, 2015 at 8:10 pm
  17. Johna Harrison

    That I am part of it! ❤️ Enough said!

    December 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm
  18. Rhonda Richey


    December 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm
  19. Cindy Henry

    There are too many to mention but the seasons are at the top. The changes are always welcome when the seasons change but each one has its special delights

    December 14, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  20. amanda

    The people, the food, and the hospitality. The people of the south hold doors for others, say “yes sir” and “yes mam,” pull to the side of the road for ambulances and fire trucks to pass, and we are always “blessing hearts.” We host gatherings, where there’s never have enough sweet tea, fried okra, beer cheese, or grits.

    December 14, 2015 at 2:13 pm
  21. Debbie Keating

    I’m a from New York. But I just love the South, the traditions, the places to visit, the recipes everything that Southern Living shares with me and allows me to embrace. My mother and I would visit lovely places for our vacations, New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston and just soak up everything. The food, the fauna, so different from what we were used to. Magnolias the size of dinner plates. The history right there before your eyes. The first glimpse of Oak Alley, a visit to the bayou, Drayton Hall, the Pineapple Fountain and any square in Savannah, such glorious sights, especially the cemeteries!! There could never be a favorite. I just delight in it all and plan to continue, but I must protest, there is no way to say what you love most, it’s all wonderful.

    December 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm
  22. Diana Barnes

    I am never more thankful to be a southerner than when it comes time to bury a loved one. Mixed with the grief and tears and loss are always tables of food and visitors. We gather to clean houses, clear burial grounds, and just hug each other. And then there is the always present opportunity to smile and laugh at just the right moment. I recently attended my uncle’s funeral, which was very difficult. After the service we gathered at the church for lunch and I asked a particularly eccentric cousin I hadn’t seen in a while how he was doing. “I’m so damn mad at the Methodist Church I could just chew the railroad in half.” I burst out laughing at his candor and instantly felt relief from the constant sadness, if only for a moment.

    December 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  23. Julie forton

    I love Low Country living. I love coming home from a trip somewhere else and reuniting with my southern people! Just a different friendly atmosphere.

    December 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm
  24. Kelly E.

    I love the slow living, the sitting on front porches drinking sweet tea. I love that there is a mural in almost every small town. I love the time-honored traditions. I love the history and the opportunity to connect with the past. I love the architecture and the preservation. I love the food and the friendly faces. I love the weather, the gardens, the wildlife, and the ability to explore nature. It’s pretty safe to say that I’m a big fan of all things Southern!

    December 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  25. Heidi Sanders

    Impossible to pick just one thing about the South, but you have to be a true Southerner to appreciate it. I love the history: Cowpens Battlefield, King’s Mountain (many childhood memories). My ancestors fought in the Civil War and love seeing the Confederate Flags in the cemetery to honor Confederate soldiers. I love the mountains and wooded areas to play. My grandmother’s cooking, pecan pie, grits, high school football…I no longer live in the South but enjoy keeping in touch with it’s heritage through Southern Living.

    December 14, 2015 at 11:59 am
  26. Vikki Webb

    The food, the gardens, the feeling of kindred spirit wherever you go in the South. All summed up with the word- Tradition.

    December 14, 2015 at 11:38 am
  27. Cynthia England

    I love the houses and recipes!

    December 14, 2015 at 11:02 am
  28. Anna marr

    The amazing variety of plants, flowers, trees and birds.

    December 14, 2015 at 10:58 am
  29. Debbie Miller

    I love doing Red Velvet cake at Christmas time and to me it feels like something that is steeped in a lot of tradition in the south or anywhere since it has part of a normal Christmas color of red and use a green decoration which completes the holiday table.

    December 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

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