John T. Edge

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

John T. Edge holds a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he documents and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the American South. He writes the monthly “United Tastes” series for The New York Times, is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, a longtime columnist for the Oxford American, and a former contributing editor at Gourmet. His work for Saveur and other magazines has been featured in six editions of the Best Food Writing anthology and he has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. In 2009, Edge was inducted into Beard’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America.

Edge’s four-book series on iconic American eats includes Fried Chicken: An American StoryApple Pie: An American StoryHamburgers & Fries: An American Story; and Donuts: An American Passion. Other books include the James Beard Award-nominated cookbook, A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South. Edge is also the author of Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Companion to the South, and is the editor of the foodways volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. He is also general editor of the book series Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing. He has served as culinary curator for the weekend edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, and he has been featured on dozens of television shows, from CBS Sunday Morning to Iron Chef.

Edge lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his son, Jess, and his wife, Blair Hobbs, a teacher and painter. He is currently at work on Street Eats, forthcoming from Workman, which catalogues modern American street and truck food.

Online Resources:

John T. Edge’s website
Southern Foodways Alliance
John T. Edge on Twitter
NY Times’s “United Tastes”
Truck Food Nation – research & excerpts from forthcoming book

Selected Bibliography:

Street Eats (Workman 2010)

Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Companion to the South(Algonquin Books 2007)

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Vol. 7: Foodways (editor)(The University of North Carolina Press 2007)

Donuts: An American Passion (Putnam 2004)

Hamburgers & Fries: An American Story (Putnam 2003)

Fried Chicken: An American Story (Putnam 2002)

Apple Pie: An American Story (Putnam 2002)

A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South(HP Trade 2000)

Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing (series editor)(University of Georgia Press 0)

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