Review: Book: Edible North Carolina- Marcie Cohen Ferris/ K. C. Hysmith

Title: Edible North Carolina

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Maric Cohen Ferris/ K. C. Hysmith

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Genre: Food and Drink

Page Count: 296 Pages

ISBN:  978-1469667799

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Edible North Carolina: A Journey across a State of Flavor: Ferris, Marcie Cohen, Hysmith, Katherine, Miller, Baxter, Howard, Vivian: Books

Link to Goodreads: Edible North Carolina: A Journey across a State of Flavor by Marcie Cohen Ferris | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Marcie Cohen Ferris gathers a constellation of leading journalists, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, scholars, and food activists—along with photographer Baxter Miller— to offer a deeply immersive portrait of North Carolina’s contemporary food landscape. Ranging from manifesto to elegy, Edible North Carolina’s essays, photographs, interviews, and recipes combine for a beautifully revealing journey across the lands and waters of a state that exemplifies the complexities of American food and identity.

While North Carolina’s food heritage is grounded in core ingredients and the proximity of farm to table, this book reveals striking differences among food-centred cultures and businesses across the state. Documenting disparities among people’s access to food and farmland—and highlighting community and state efforts toward fundamental solutions—Edible North Carolina shows how culinary excellence, entrepreneurship, and the struggle for racial justice converge in shaping food equity, not only for North Carolinians, but for all Americans.

Starting with Vivian Howard, star of PBS’s A Chef’s Life, who wrote the foreword, the contributors include Shorlette Ammons, Karen Amspacher, Victoria Bouloubasis, Katy Clune, Gabe Cumming, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Sandra Gutierrez, Tom Hanchett, Michelle King, Cheetie Kumar, Courtney Lewis, Malinda Maynor Lowery, Ronni Lundy, Keia Mastrianni, April McGreger, Baxter Miller, Ricky Moore, Carla Norwood, Kathleen Purvis, Andrea Reusing, Bill Smith, Maia Surdam, and Andrea Weigl.

Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region and Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South, is professor emerita of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I thought this was a cookbook when I made the request to read it. That is not what it is at all. It is about the food that is grown in North Carolina. It was full of information and I went to North Carolina when I was a child. So I wanted to know more about the food there and that is why I requested the book in the first place.

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars


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