Oxford American Food Issue

by Jeanne

Oxam_2005_1 It’s back. And in a big, juicy tasty way.  More than a year after its last issue, The Oxford American quarterly journal, is now published four times a year by the Oxford Literary Project in Conway, Arkansas. The current issue (pictured at the left) takes a deep long ramble around Southern food.  But it’s so much more than just food. It takes a look at the way food weaves through our lives, through religion, race, family and also creates a sense of place. Guest edited by Southern food writer John T. Edge, a regular Oxford American columnist and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, he has contributed “Fried Chicken: An American Story.” More than a magazine it’s an 144-page anthology with writers such as: Roy Blount Jr., John Egerton, Padgett Powell and Molly Giles. There’s even a previously unpublished essay by Carson McCullers.

Folks this collection is not even comparable to the The New Yorker‘s food issue.  (which, by the way is not an annual).   

Here’s what’s a short-order menu–sautéed frog, squirrel gumbo, Cajun Cola, 6,000 pounds of grits, Patty’s peach pie, grilled deer testicles, flat dumplings, fresh figs, falling biscuits, Pinot Noir cotton candy, sweet, peppery raccoon, roast suckling pig, boiled peanuts, lemon-drenched baby okra, brains and eggs, peanut butter and bacon sandwiches and, of course, barbecue.

One of David Ramsey’s "Some Like it Extra Hot", subtitled "Adventures in Masochistic Dining at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack".  It made me thirsty and eager to taste the fiery fried bird.

And then there’s an full page ad for The Bacon of the Month Club.  Sweet Mama I’m very tempted.  Reserve your place at the table it’s available in bookstores now.

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