The Appalachian Martini


Thursday took a turn when my neighbor Kat showed, hauling a basket full of liqueurs and cocktail-making devices, a bar kit so heavy she’d reinforced the handle with gaffer tape. Sure, I knew…

A Pawpaw Confession

Photo courtesy of WFIU Public Radio.

I’ve written about my childhood diet, a steady stream of Little Debbie snack cakes and 7-Eleven frozen burritos. Sure, my family ate pinto beans with corn bread some nights, but we didn’t…

Appalachian Appetite Winners

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When I launched Appalachian Appetite, I didn’t know what to expect. I just had a rattling question I couldn’t answer—what is Appalachian food today? Ten weeks and one hundred thirteen photos later, I’m…

Is Appalachian Food Becoming Hip?


The good folks at West Virginia Public Radio recently invited me to discuss the revival of Appalachian culture, the growing interest in our food traditions, and The Revivalist’s food photo contest….

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