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Echoes from the Valley

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Sarah Ransom has been working with a local Junior Appalachian Musicians group, which introduced her to Appalachian storytelling and the history. She was asked to write a fictional story based on historic events in Johnson County, Tennessee. Read more

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Acclaimed pastry chef Lisa Donovan, formerly of Sean Brock’s Husk in Nashville, grew up traveling with her family, as her dad was in the Army. “I think there’s a biological imperative that has us seeking a sense of place,” she said. Read more

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Travels with Foxfire: Stories of People, Passions and Practices from Southern Appalachia, continues the tradition with comfortable, conversational vignettes from rural Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Read more

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Museum offers holiday tours of its pioneer village. Read more

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Town hosts heritage arts festival and music festival Read more

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Welcome back to the south

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Grasping my Southern identity is about as easy as grabbing a fistful of Smoky Mountain fog. The question “Where are you from?” always provoked hesitation growing up. Read more

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When David Cooke started promoting a new program called Grow Appalachia to help people in Appalachian states and counties grow their own healthy produce, some residents were a bit skeptical. Read more

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The festival runs July 6-7 with 35 music and dance competitions. Read more

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Traditional Tastes of the Mountains

Fred Sauceman

You can find Himalayan eggplant in Asheville, North Carolina. You can find Indian street food. You can find Korean seafood pancakes. In my home county in East Tennessee, there are three Vietnamese restaurants. Pho is now commonplace. Read more

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In 2013, Smoky Mountain Living invited Michael Twitty to author an article for its Mountain Voices section regarding how the enslaved from West and Central Africa influenced Appalachian food and culture. Read more

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Wiley Cash: Always Home in the Mountains

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Wiley Cash smiles as wide as a billboard, hand out to meet a fellow traveler, eager to talk about his book, any books, the craft and discipline of writing, his love of reading, influential authors, sports, and the outdoors. Read more

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We love coffee

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In today’s world, fresh roasted coffee beans are all the rage, and folks are using French presses and pour-over methods to create the perfect beverage. Read more

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I delight in books of literary compendia. Sometimes, of course, I quarrel with the selections. Read more

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Home Cooking

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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. Read more

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

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Katie Knorovsky

Second Street photography

As a kid, I whipped up my share of mud pies and looked forward to summer camp and games of Kick the Can with my cousins on our grandparents’ farm. But most days I could be found inside, nose in a book. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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The Painter of the Smokies

The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Rudolph Ingerle wasn’t the first artist to turn his brush on the endless mountain vistas of the Smokies, and he certainly wasn’t the last. But he may have been one of the most influential. Read more

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In Over the Plain Houses, Atlanta writer Julia Franks gives us a powerful story of a disintegrating marriage, social change, and religious struggles, all set in Southern Appalachia. Read more

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