City Portrait: Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia capital is shaking off a reputation for mass-market sameness and finally embracing its quirks

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The Southern Agenda: October/November 2015

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Eat Like a Local in Eastern North Carolina

By Jed PortmanGood EatsOctober 1, 2015

Growing up on a farm in Wilson, North Carolina, Mike Moore learned to appreciate two things at a young age: the hard but rewarding work of tobacco farming and the good old-fashioned pleasures of country cooking, with ingredients fresh from the garden. “It was shell peas, tomatoes, fried cornbread, and greens,” he says. When he left a career in law enforcement to go to culinary school on the other side of the country, the cooks in his family weren’t sure he was making the right decision. But since he came home to North Carolina about a decade ago, his work ethic has helped him become one of the most influential chefs in the state.

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Georgia-Born Men's Style By Way of Scotland

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorSeptember 30, 2015

Like the food, music, and literature of the South, our collective design culture is enriched by a wide variety of international traditions. In this latest installment of our Global South profiles, meet Josh Moore and Odini Gogo, the creative forces behind Atlanta, Georgia menswear accessories line, Res Ipsa.

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Own a Piece of Literary History

By CJ LotzBelow the LineSeptember 29, 2015

A writer’s most telling stories are sometimes the ones they aren’t able to—or don’t intend to—share.

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10 Essential Bottles to Toast Bourbon Heritage Month

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsSeptember 26, 2015

We’re not the only ones who appreciate a fine glass of bourbon. In 2007, Congress officially declared September National Bourbon Heritage Month; eight years later, the allure of the South’s historic spirit is stronger than ever. As a last call for this toast-worthy month, we’ve enlisted American-whiskey expert Teddy Nixon—the drinks manager at Charleston, South Carolina’s just-opened-yesterday bar, Mash—to help us craft a list of classic bottles that deserve a place on any well-stocked bar. Here are ten of his favorites from some of the South’s most established bourbon makers, including a few making comebacks. Cheers!

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Patty Griffin on Her New Album, Turning 50, and Dirty Jokes

By Matt HendricksonSouthern SoundsSeptember 24, 2015

In her dressing room back stage at Nashville’s City Winery, Americana superstar Patty Griffin sits at a table with legs crossed and hands clasped. She speaks softly, in careful, measured tones about her new record, Servant of Love (out now). It’s her tenth album—an existential masterpiece fueled by cascades of fury and pain, with a sharply honed fierceness the depth of which she’s never plumbed before.

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Bucket-List Trip: The Top of Tennessee

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineSeptember 24, 2015

At LeConte Lodge—perched near the summit of Mount LeConte with panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—there’s no electricity, no Internet, no running water, and the only way to get here is to hike in. In fact, not a whole lot has changed since Tennessee mountaineer Jack Huff began building the backcountry retreat in 1926. But for the 12,000-plus guests who keep the lodge booked solid from March through November, that’s the whole appeal.

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Five Southern Cooking Myths Debunked

By Jed PortmanGood EatsSeptember 23, 2015

J. Kenji López-Alt didn’t get his fried chicken recipe from his grandmother. Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City, he figured it out through trial and error. “I made every conceivable bad version of fried chicken along the way,” he writes in The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, a years-in-the-making book likely to become an essential reference for anyone interested in the fundamentals of food. Burnt, greasy, a little bit raw. He went through some fifty birds before he settled on a recipe.

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In Memoriam: A Southern Food Pioneer

By Jed PortmanGood EatsSeptember 22, 2015

Willie Mae Seaton opened Willie Mae’s Scotch House in New Orleans some sixty years ago.

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People and Places of the Black Belt

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusSeptember 21, 2015

The Black Belt is a fertile crescent of earth comprising nineteen counties stretching across southwest Alabama. A land of contrasts, its rich soil (for which the area is named) supported some of the South’s most lucrative plantations in the years before the Civil War and, in the years after, became home to some of its most impoverished people. In the 1960s, it was the ground that supported a swell of civil rights changes.

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First Listen: Ron Rash Reads from 'Above the Waterfall'

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineSeptember 20, 2015

Last week, Ron Rash’s latest novel, Above the Waterfall, hit bookstore shelves. It’s a haunting tale of crime set against the beauty of the North Carolina mountains, a story of people making mistakes, enduring tragedies, and trying to find solace in the natural world. And like all Rash novels—Serena, The Cove—it’s both a galloping and poetic ride from start to finish, and an evocative portrayal of the rural Southern landscape the author (who lives in upstate South Carolina) calls home.

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