Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ripped from the Headlines: Gumbo for Flannery O’Connor

A week with Flannery O’Connor hasn’t been easy. Her parade of bizarre, grotesque, dysfunctional characters at times scared the be-Jesus out of me as I tried to pinpoint the perfect gumbo for her. The eighth of 52 American authors I’m … Continue reading

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Dining with Zora: Writer, Food Sociologist, Anthropologist

“I’ve been in sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots,” says author Zora Neale Hurston in a rare audio recording. As one of 200 Florida writers during the Great Depression, she wrote about American folklore and food as part … Continue reading

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Dining with American Writers: Cooking with Fire

Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Anne Porter collected cookbooks, clipped recipes, and even attended cooking classes at Paris’ Cordon Bleu culinary school. Locating this Texas writer’s favorite recipe gives me a clue to her palate preferences. Her tastes, like her simmering … Continue reading

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Dining with American Writers: Gumbo with the Pulitzer King

America’s First Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren, authored 10 novels, 14 collections of poetry, critical studies and textbooks. He is the only writer to win a Pulitzer for both a novel and poetry. Even though three-time Pulitzer-Prize winner Robert Penn … Continue reading

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Dining with American Writers: Eudora Welty & “America Eats”

Eudora Welty stories rarely feature lavish food scenes, so selecting the right gumbo to serve Miss Eudora meant turning to her personal life for clues. The Pulitzer-winning Mississippi writer surprised me. She might not write about food, but recipes were … Continue reading

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