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Published on October 18th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy


12 Dishes Every Southerner Should Know How to Cook

JesseYancyColumnHeaderIf you ever find yourself inclined to take on a project that is sure to stir up a lot of fuss, ask a group of people about food. I submitted a preliminary list of twelve kitchen essentials for a Southerner to my friends, among them many talented cooks, and it was like throwing a June bug down into a flock of ducks. The pot roast was devastated by a barrage of detractors who claimed that it’s just got Yankee written all over it, the red velvet cake was gunned down as a Waldorf recipe and the pecan pie was mined by a sweet potato. So I substituted a pound cake and sweet potato pie for the red velvet and pecan, stewed greens, which almost lost out to butter beans, for the roast, and achieved some degree of consensus. This list deserves a Purple Heart, at the very least.


Buttermilk biscuits


Pimento and cheese


Fried chicken


Pound cake


Fruit cobbler




Cornbread dressing


Chicken and dumplings


Sweet potato pie




Banana pudding


Stewed greens

This article was originally printed in The Local Voice #213 (published September 25, 2014).
To download the PDF of this issue, click here.

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About the Author

Jesse Yancy is an editor, writer and photographer living in Jackson, Mississippi. A native of Bruce and a graduate of Ole Miss, Yancy is an 8th generation Mississippian who has lived and worked throughout the state.

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