About Jesse Yancy

Jesse Yancy 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.



Author Archives: Jesse Yancy

Water Buffalo

December 16th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

We are what we eat: our food is very much an indication of who we are, of our place on


The Cinnamon Wall

November 11th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

When it comes to Southern foods you’ll find me a hide-bound traditionalist. Never can I envision myself breading fried chicken


Sweet Potatoes: A Review

October 30th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Like many towns in the upland South, Vardaman grew up around a timber railhead. Some of the lordliest white oaks


“Pimento Cheese”

September 30th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Robert Moss, who is from that most eccentric of Southern cities Charleston, South Carolina, describes himself as a culinary historian,


Redneck Eggs

September 10th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Any time you enter a beer joint or beer store in the South, you’re likely to find a big jar


Serving Food

August 25th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Anyone who prides themselves on their patience and understanding should wait tables for a week or so to find out


“Nipping the Bud”

June 10th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

The afternoon had been long, impeded by discoveries of even more cracks to caulk, more questions to quell, more smoke,


Local Food: Jacked Around

May 27th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

In the mid-80s, I moved from north Mississippi, where I’d spent my entire life, to north Florida, where nobody spends


Local Food: Art Noodles

March 26th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

When I was working at Audie Michael’s, a restaurant on the Square in Oxford (current site of the City Grocery),


Local Food: Take a Leek

March 12th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Before my ancestors were shipped off to Virginia for lampooning the local gentry and skipping out on enormous bar tabs,


Local Food: The Oyster and I

February 24th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

Unlike some, I don’t remember my first oyster as epiphanic. That’s no reflection on the oyster, which I’m certain was


My Uncle L.

February 11th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

The deadline for Theatre Oxford’s 2014 National 10 Minute Play Contest is February 15, 2014, and writers from across the


Paying Our Dues to the Blues

January 27th, 2014 | by Jesse Yancy

The Blues have shaped American music for over a century, and many people the world over consider blues music Mississippi’s


Local Food: Taking Stock

December 23rd, 2013 | by Jesse Yancy

Stocks are to cooking what Hank Williams is to country music: a source of basic, soulful satisfaction. Back when people


Eudora’s White Fruitcake

November 19th, 2013 | by Jesse Yancy

Among Mississippi cookbooks, The Jackson Cookbook, first issued by the Symphony League of Jackson in 1971 and followed by a well-deserved



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