Growing Home host Marla Camp visits with Elizabeth Engelhardt, an associate professor in the Department of American Studies and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas. She’s the author and editor of three previous books, most recently Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket.
But today we’re going to talk about her latest book, A Mess of Greens, published by University of Georgia Press, which explores Southern gender and Southern food. In the book, she writes about five “moments” in the story of southern food—moonshine, biscuits versus cornbread, girls’ tomato canning clubs, pellagra in the mill communities, and finally cookbooks and curb markets as documenters of southern life. Read an excerpt from the book in Edible Austin’s Winter 2011 issue, which also includes recipes by 2011 Good Food Award winner Stephanie McClenny, inspired by the book. And join us on Friday, January 20 at BookPeople for a booksigning and special panel discussion with Engelhardt, featuring special guests Carol Ann Sayle (Boggy Creek Farm), Stephanie McClenny (confituras) and Lara Nixon (Bad Dog Bar Craft).