Jennifer V. Cole
Mississippi-born Jennifer V. Cole is Deputy Editor for Southern Living magazine. After graduating with honors from Auburn University with a triple major in Economics, French, and German, she made her way to New York where she worked as an editor for Travel + Leisure. She has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, ridden elephant-back through the jungles of Thailand, and sailed on gulets over the Aegean Sea. She’s generally made it her mission to eat her way around the world, and she’ll try anything once.

Cole is a cornbread-loving member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. She’s been named an Arkansas Traveler by the Governor and Secretary of State of Arkansas. She regularly appears at conferences and on panels at events such as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and the Southern Food Writing Conference to discuss the role and importance of Southern food.

She is the founding editor and producer of the Southern Living "Biscuits & Jam" video and concert music series. She sits on the junior board for Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham, Alabama. Her work has been recognized by min, Folio, and the Society of American Travel Writers.

Cole speaks French, German, and Italian—and enough Dutch to get in trouble. She takes her bourbon neat.

Follow her on Twitter at @jennifervcole

Recent Posts By Jennifer V. Cole

Buy Tickets Now: SL Biscuits & Jam Concert with Houndmouth on May 2

Come join us in Charleston next week at the Charleston Insiders’ Weekend (May 1-2). For two days, we’re teaming up with our sister magazines Coastal Living, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and Departures to give readers special access to everything we love about the Lowcountry, including exclusive tours, a Pappy Van Winkle bourbon tasting, editor-hosted dinners and brunches, and […]

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Southerners On the List of Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2015

Today Food & Wine announced this year’s Best New Chefs, an annual list (27 years running) that recognizes “immensely talented [chefs] who are shaping the future of food in America,” according to editor-in-chief Dana Cowin. Past honorees include Hugh Acheson, Anne Quatrano, John Besh, Kelly English, and Sue Zemanick. This year, a few more Southerners joined the club: Michael Fojtasek […]

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The 10 Best Oyster Houses in the South

In truth, the best oyster bar is whichever one you’re closest to, but these merit the journey. Acme Oyster House: New Orleans, LA For many, the French Quarter spot and its worn marble counters is the final word in raw bars. It’s also host of the World Oyster Eating Championship. (Record is 47 dozen in 8 minutes.) Bowens Island Restaurant: Charleston, […]

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The Tennessee Ten

Group members from far left: Andrew Belle, Katie Herzig, Tyler James, Trent Dabbs, Butterfly Boucher, Jeremy Lister, Amy Stroup, K.S. Rhoads, Andy Davis, and Erin McCarley; Photo: Robbie Caponetto   This is a story about the best band you’ve never heard of—that doesn’t even exist. Ten years ago, singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs, a Mississippi native and Nashville transplant, was driving from […]

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Late Night at the SFA Symposium (Or an Ode to Chicken-on-a-Stick)

This past weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, at the 17th Symposium of the Southern Foodways Alliance, some of the food world’s top minds (chefs, writers, artists, farmers) came together to break bread and grapple with heavy-hitting questions about food, race, class, and inclusion. And each night, after all the lectures, films, and meals-of-a-lifetime wrapped, attendees made their way into the Oxford […]

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Dolly Parton: The Southern Living Interview

I’d been warned she always arrives early: ten minutes before is her “on time.” So I showed up an hour in advance. And waited, sweating, in a worn rocking chair on the back porch of bluegrass legend Jim Lauderdale’s Nashville house. I knew she had arrived even before I saw the blond locks of her wig or the silhouette of […]

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Exclusive Stream: “Little Queenie” by Jerry Lee Lewis

Some people were just born to be larger than life. As a child, even before he put fingers to ivories, Jerry Lee Lewis lived life more enthusiastically than anything Concordia Parish, Louisiana, had ever seen.

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Table Talk: It’s Time To Put Down the Cell Phones

Last fall, I stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati while in town to shoot musician Valerie June just across the river in Newport, Kentucky. In the hotel lobby, an art installation by Rachel Lee Hovnanian called Dinner for Two* occupied the space just off the reception desk.

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#SouthernEats: The Food World Weighs In on Southern Restaurants and Trends

Talking about great food can almost be as good as eating it—almost. Today we spent an hour on Twitter chatting about #SouthernEats with food world cognoscenti and a whole posse of enthusiastic diners.

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Best New Restaurants: 12 To Watch

Earlier today (and in the September issue), Southern Living posted my Top 10 list of the South’s Best New Restaurants—a list that took me 23,793 miles and $57 worth of Pepcid to research. 

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