Pickled eggs

Erin Adams

During the summer of 2001, I took the road trip of a lifetime. A close friend was relocating from Asheville to Oakland, California, bound for grad school, and asked if I’d accompany her on the cross-country drive. more

Sweet Appalachia

Curried Winter Vegetable Pie

Meg Reilley photo

My identity hasn’t always been a fixed one. The current guise I sport of “all-natural mountain mama” has been honed and adjusted and tweaked for decades before arriving at its modern iteration. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Home Cooking

Johnny Autry Photo

The Washington Post called Victuals “a love letter to Appalachia, with recipes.” If those seven words aren’t enough to convince you to pick up Ronni Lundy’s new cookbook, the heartfelt narration and evocative photography inside should do the trick. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia 2 Comments

Home Cooking

Voyageur Press, an Imprint of Quarto Publishing photo

You never know what you might encounter on Haywood Road in anything-goes West Asheville. Unless it’s a weekend morning—in which case it’s a given that a line will have formed out the door and along the side of Biscuit Head. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Home Cooking

Susi Gott Séguret Photo

In the late 1980s, Susi Gott Séguret left behind the sorghum fields of Appalachia, where she grew up, for the wheat fields of France. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Home Cooking

Evan Sung photo

Since 2011, when she opened her much-lauded Cúrate in downtown Asheville, chef Katie Button has brought authentic Spanish cooking to the mountains of North Carolina. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Home Cooking

JBN Photo

’Tis the season for good cooking. Whether your holiday food traditions have been set in place for generations or every year starts as a blank menu, there’s always room at the table for one more special dish. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Home Cooking

Susan Ray Brown Photo

Salt Rising Bread emerges from the oven a dense, white, cheesy taste sensation that’s as distinctive as it is obscure. Fans claim it makes the absolute best toast; even famed chef Alice Waters has fallen under its spell. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Corn bread

Meg Reilley photo

Not too long ago, I was chatting with a friend—a lifelong Southerner who had relocated to northern California several years prior. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Sweet pickle relish

Meg Reilley

I am an “all purpose” lady. Which is to say that I most prefer those objects that serve a multitude of purposes. An item whose usefulness can be employed on a daily as opposed to occasional basis gets my vote. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

All-Purpose cleaner

Meg Reilley photo

I have never been a messy person. As a child, I curated and organized my bedroom so deliberately and dutifully that, upon returning home from school, I was able to immediately discern if anyone had set foot in it while I was away. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Few things taste like spring in the mountains more than a plate full of just-picked greens. Then again, greens always have a place at the table in the South—whether boiled, creamed, wilted, or fresh. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Fire Cider

Meg Reilley photo

I like to think of myself as a prepared person. Perhaps my brief stint as a Girl Scout in early adolescence left a mark so indelible that I took on “Be Prepared” as my personal lifelong mantra. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

Miss Angel's sonker

Courtesy of Surry County Tourism

Chefs, brewers, distillers, bakers, farmers, and country cooks are preserving traditions and redefining the flavor of Southern Appalachia, from A to Z. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM , , , , Features

Though Appalachia’s apple stack cake tends to get most of the attention, many Southern holiday spreads wouldn’t be complete without an old-fashioned Japanese fruitcake, a layered spice cake with coconut filling or icing. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Wassail that packs a punch

Meg Reilley Photo

There are a lot of things I don’t know. I don’t know why my cat Harold tries to swat me every time I walk by him. I thought he and I were better friends than that. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

Whiskey Cake

Beall + Thomas photography

Fruitcake isn’t the only liquor-soaked dessert that brings out the holiday cheer. This time of year, the classic Tennessee whiskey cake also finds itself in heavy rotation in Southern kitchens, inspiring the rich updates included here. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Pumpkin Pie

Meg Reilley photo

Everyone has his or her heart-fluttering produce. Spring enthusiasts get downright giddy at the first sign of strawberries. Summer lovers are prone to spontaneous happy dancing whenever watermelons make their debut. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments


Photo by Johnny Autry. Styled by Charlotte Autry

The nail polish was the last thing to go. For the better part of 14 years, I had moved five glass bottles of silver, emerald, ruby, cobalt, and onyx hues around with me. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads


Jim Casada photo

The unusual characteristics of the persimmon, along with its widespread presence in Southern Appalachia, have long made it a prime contender for mountain folklore and folkways. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia