Jennifer V. Cole
Mississippi-born Jennifer V. Cole is Features 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 Food Blog South to discuss the role and importance of Southern food. This year she was a speaker at the inaugural Southern Food Writing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a junior board member of 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

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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Smoke and Pickles: A Look at Chef Edward Lee’s New Cookbook

A decade ago, almost on a whim, Brooklyn-born, Korean-American chef Edward Lee moved to Louisville, Kentucky. He didn’t set out to teach Southerners about Asian food. But he sure has opened our eyes to how we look at today’s global South. We love Edward’s bold flavors—a mix tape of Southern and Asian ingredients—and each plate’s balance of brash personality and classic […]

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Next Big Thing: Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves, a spry young native of Golden, Texas, caught Nashville’s attention last year when she performed one song at the Ryman for an industry event and received a standing ovation. (The only other artist to garner such a response was George Strait.) With her debut album Same Trailer Different Park just out, Kacey’s burning up the charts. She’s already scored a […]

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Vote for the South’s Best Ribs

Wet or dry? Hickory or oak? Pork or beef (or even mutton)? No matter which way you take your ribs, there’s something beautifully primal about hunkering down with a slab. And we want to know which barbecue joint YOU think serves the best ribs in the South. Cast your vote below!

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‘Muscle Shoals’ Movie Debuts at Sundance

Fifty years ago, some of the hottest music in the world was coming out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. We’re talking The Stones. Aretha Franklin. Wilson Pickett. And today, some of the biggest game changers in American music have emerged from the Shoals. In our January 2013 issue, writer Rachael Maddux  explored The New Sound of Muscle Shoals, spending time visiting […]

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Tune in to CMT 2012 Artists of the Year

We were at the taping of the CMT Artists of the Year this past Monday. The show airs Saturday, December 8 at 10 p.m. ET, and the winners are hush-hush. So until then, we can’t say much. But might we suggest you set the DVR? If you’re half as smitten with the cast of ABC’s Nashville as we are (hellllooooo, […]

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Exclusive: Old Crow Medicine Show Performs at the Lyric Theatre

We met up with string-happy Old Crow Medicine Show at the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, for the latest in our Biscuits & Jam series. Built in 1914 for shows on the vaudeville circuit, this historic theatre has hosted Will Rogers, Mae West, and the Marx Brothers.

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Hermitage Hotel Buys The Farm

Side of beef with your turndown service? Well, not exactly, but the Hermitage Hotel and Capitol Grille have just purchased a 245-acre farm in Dickson County, Tennessee, approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Nashville. The property, located on a conservation easement adjacent to Montgomery Bell State Park, will be known as Double H Farms.

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We’re Thankful to Be Southern Because We Can Really Write

Southerners have a way with words. Here, Trisha Ping, managing editor of BookPage, shares her favorite new releases from her fall reading list:

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We’re Thankful to Be Southern Because We Can Curl Up With Papa

Hemingway Hotels & Resorts (, a brand-new collection of luxury properties,  pays homage to the man who made his name by living life to the fullest.

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