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

Remembering John Egerton, a Southern Food Icon

Today, the world—the family—of Southern food lost a beloved patriarch. John Egerton, author of Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History, died early this morning of a heart attack at the age of 78. John’s legacy can’t be overstated. As a writer, he challenged his audience to examine powerful topics of race and community. And his love affair […]

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Reason #6 We’re Thankful: Bourbon

Here at Southern Living, we’re counting down the days till Thanksgiving and the ways we’re thankful to be living in the South. Today’s reason: Bourbon. But thankful doesn’t seem like the right word in this case. Fortunate? Eternally grateful? Proud as punch? This is how we feel about living in the region that produces the best whiskey the world over, […]

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Dishing with Sheryl Crow

Occupation: Singer/Songwriter/Musician Hometown: Kennett, Missouri What’s on her plate: The recent release of her first country album Feels Like Home, which includes the hit single “Easy”

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The Southern Minute with Erin McCarley

It’s time to get your Deacon and Gunnar fix—tonight marks the return of ABC’s Nashville. We at SL have come to love this show for its spotlight on Music City, its cameos, Connie Britton’s amazing hair, and especially the music. Over the summer, we spent some time with the incredibly talented Erin McCarley for a Southern Living Biscuits & Jam […]

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The Southern Living Tailgate Creed

The 2013 college football season is well underway. That means you can’t walk through the halls of Southern Living without hearing a series of battle cries between colleagues: War Eagle! Roll Tide! Go Vols! Anchor Down! Go Dawgs! And on and on. To say we’re a staff divided is putting it mildly. But there’s one thing we at SL all agree on: […]

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The Southern Minute with Sheryl Crow

Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow‘s first country album, Feels Like Home, comes out tomorrow (September 10). “Feels Like Home is an extension of songs people know me for—“If It Makes You Happy,” “Strong Enough”—and rock songs inspired by country music,” Sheryl says. “It’s just more dedicated to country instrumentation: more pedal steel, more twangy guitars, more fiddles.” Last week, Southern Living […]

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100 Places To Eat Now – The Checklist

Where will you eat your next great meal? Here, I share my list of favorite restaurants both old and new in some of my most visited towns: 100 Places To Eat Now. This list is constantly evolving, so follow me on Twitter @jennifervcole to see where I’m eating next. How many of my favorite spots have you been to?

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Giant Houseparty Cookbook

Today’s Community Cookbook: Giant Houseparty Cookbook (Copyright 1981 by the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Chamber of Commerce; Printed by Wimmer Brothers Fine Printing and Lithography, Memphis) This week, just about the only thing on anyone’s mind in east central Mississippi is The Fair, which wraps up on Saturday. As a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, I’ve spent a lifetime trying to explain the […]

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Barbecue Maxims: Tips from the Pits

For this year’s ‘Cue Awards, we sent out paper napkins to some of our favorite pitmasters and asked them to share their tried-and-true tips for great ‘cue. Here, their barbecue maxims: Photos by Robbie Caponetto

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A Southern Slice of the Big Apple

On June 8 and 9, a posse of pitmasters descends on New York City’s Madison Square Park for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Let’s call that home base. From there, explore some of our favorite spots of the city’s Southern invasion. 1. The 34th Annual Mississippi Picnic June 8, noon to 6 p.m. Leave it to the Hospitality State […]

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