Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes... a review
I was interested in reading Victuals as soon as I saw the Publisher's description as, "an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia". The author, Ronni Lundy, was born in Corbin, Kentucky but her family moved to Louisville. Which is where my interest came in.
My mother was born in the area just south of Louisville. While it is not officially part of the mountains, the food and culture is similar for the rural people of the state.
The author drove 4,000 miles through Southern Appalachia covering parts of Kentucky, West Virginia, southern Ohio, northern Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. What follows is a loving account of the history of this region through its food, its' culture, and the people who have lived in each area.
If you are only wanting recipes, this is not your book. If you want a history of a region by food... this is the best book on the subject I've read. The author's research is amazing and written as if one were reading a novel. The photography is gorgeous, both of the food and the various locations.
It brought me to tears a couple of times. For instance, the "recipe" for sorghum butter took me back immediately to my childhood when my mother whipped up sorghum and room temperature butter for biscuits and pancakes. I could taste it as if I'd had them for breakfast that morning.
I highly recommend Victuals for those who want to learn more about southern Appalachia, the culture in each location, and the food. This makes for great reading even if you don't know how to cook.
This book was provided by Blogging For Books for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.
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