Hunter Lewis

Recent Posts By Hunter Lewis

Tea-Time at the Masters

Today’s Community Cookbook: Tea-Time at the Masters (Copyright 1977 by The Junior League of Augusta, GA; Printed by Hart Graphics, Austin, TX) Our twelfth edition printing (1991) of this popular community cookbook boasts a banged-up green plastic spine from the previous owner, who also penned an X-marks-the-spot asterisk in the margin next to the recipe for Ha’Penny Snacks, a favorite […]

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The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook

Today’s Community Cookbook: The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook (Copyright 2010; Edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge; The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London) The good folks of SFA, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at The University of Mississippi, sought out contributions from their tribe of chefs, cooks, writers, historians, and […]

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The Gasparilla Cookbook

Today’s Community Cookbook: The Gasparilla Cookbook (Copyright 1961 by The Junior League of Tampa; Hillsboro Printing & Lithograph Co., Tampa, FL) A Tampa cocktail party, circa 1961. On the buffet: Mrs. J. Brown Farrior’s Shrimp Roundelays, Mrs. Arthur D. Brown’s Fondue Neufchateloise, and Mrs. Eckford Hodgson’s Rancho Aubrey Bean Dip. To drink? Dr. William Moore’s Artillery Punch (1 quart each […]

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200 Years of Charleston Cooking

Today’s Community Cookbooks: 200 Years of Charleston Cooking By Blanche H. Rhett, Lettie Gay, and Helen Woodward (Copyright 1930. Printed by Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Inc., New York, NY)

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The Stuffed Griffin

Today’s Community Cookbook: The Stuffed Griffin (Copyright 1976 by The Utility Club of Griffin, GA; Printed by Creative Printers, Griffin, GA) You might not know it driving past the town on I-75, but some of the best hostesses in the world reside in the 14.6 square miles of Griffin, Georgia, where, according to The Stuffed Griffin, “gracious ‘dining in’ is […]

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A Smokin’ New Book of BBQ Side Dishes

Judging by the spate of new BBQ books that dropped this summer, including Southern Living’s own All Fired Up: Smokin BBQ Secrets from the South’s Best Pitmasters, we can say on authority that the state of barbeculture is strong. One of our new favorite titles in the mix of regional travelogues, pitmaster profiles, and home cook how-tos comes in the […]

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Allan Benton’s Smoke House Catches Fire

A fire broke out at Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams last night in North Madisonville, Tennessee, but the damage didn’t stop the Benton’s team from filling orders for their famed bacon and country ham today. Early reports of major damage were exaggerated, said owner Allan Benton, who figured the repairs to his smokehouse would cost about $10,000. “We’re so lucky […]

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The Sweetest Strawberries in Years

Who needs Google when you work in a building full of experts on Southern culture, homes, gardens, food, and style. When I wanted a rec for the best white paint for the crown molding in my dining room, I asked Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman (Benjamin Moore Ivory White 925). Associate Editor Caroline McKenzie’s got my back when I need a tutorial (for […]

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Recapping A Tribute to Frank Stitt

Birmingham’s Frank Stitt is an American treasure. On Saturday night, his friends (who happen to be some of the South’s best chefs) gathered to honor him at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival‘s “A Tribute to Frank Stitt.” Each chef cooked a dish to honor Frank, and each dish showcased Frank’s passion for regional ingredients, his respect for technique, and his […]

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The 10 Kitchen Tools You Can Live Without

It’s winter cleaning time in the Southern Living Test Kitchen, and we’ve de-cluttered our drawers full of useless cooking paraphernalia. Enough with the frivolous kitchen gadgets that serve only one purpose! With our kitchen cleanse in mind, here are the 10 kitchen tools we can all live without.

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