Ronni Lundy’s Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes (hint: “victuals” may sound more familiar to you if you pronounce it “vittles”) explores the food, people, and places of Appalachia – the Mountain South of the United States – sharing their recipes, traditions, stories and innovation. It’s a book heavy in what many of us would consider “comfort food,” with hearty, Southern-flavored ingredients.
Lundy supplemented her existing knowledge of the region with a 4,000-mile winding road trip to gather more history, photos and anecdotes. Particularly if you know little of this region other than its stereotypes, the historical aspects of the book are fascinating. Photography assists in telling the story of the region, featuring not just photos of the food but also the geography. You’ll learn about common aspects of Appalachian cuisine like beans and corn, as well as the people and how their recipes came to evolve. A favorite recipe of ours were the beef hand pies – the book also suggests making these with venison.
Recommended if you enjoy Southern cuisine, or have a curiosity about the American mountain South.
Learn more: Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes by Ronni Lundy
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