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THE GUEST AUTHORS: A Reader’s Feast 2002

Joe Dabney
Joe Dabney has received national attention for his books Mountain Spirits, More Mountain Spirits, HERK: Hero of the Skies, and with his latest, Smokehouse Ham, Smokehouse, and Scuppernong Wine, which won the James Beard Foundation Award for Cookbook of the Year in 1999 (considered the “Oscar” of the food world). A native of South Carolina, graduate of Berry College, and Korean War veteran, Dabney started his career as a journalist, working for several newspapers including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also the public relations representative for Lockheed Martin for 25 years. Dabney now resides in north Atlanta and is at work on a new book concerning the last days of the first Cherokee Nation in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

Click here to read an excerpt from Smokehouse, Spoonbread, and Scuppernong Wine

John T. Edge
John T. Edge is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an affiliated institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he dedicates his time to celebrating, promoting, and preserving the diverse food cultures of the American South. His books include the James Beard Award-nominated cookbook, A Gracious Plenty: Recipes and Recollections from the American South, and Southern Belly, a mosaic-like portrait of Southern food told through profiles of people and places. At present, he is at work on A Map of Dixie on my Tongue, a meditation on race and food in the South. Edge also writes for GQ, Gourmet, and The Oxford American, and his work is featured in the book Best Food Writing 2001.

Click here to go to the Southern Foodways Alliance website

Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor
Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor is currently a correspondent on National Public Radio’s Cultural desk and the host of NPR’s Seasonings, a series of holiday specials on food and culture. She was also the host of NPR’s award-winning documentary series Horizons from 1988 until 1995. Grosvenor was born and raised in the South Carolina low-country, where her first language was Gullah, a combination of West African languages and English. Her books include Vibration Cooking or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl and Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap. She has been a contributing editor to Elan Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, Life, Redbook, Ebony, and Viva. Her appearances on various television programs have included The Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show, and The Galloping Gourmet. She most recently hosted the PBS series “Vertamae Cooks in America’s Family Kitchen.” At present, Grosvenor is working on a food folk opera.

Click here to read more about Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor on the National Public Radio website

Click here for Vertamae’s Recipes:
Booker T. Washington’s Gingerbread
Black Pepper Cornbread

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