An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

by Ronni Lundy

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Book of the Year Award and Best Book, American Cooking, Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia.

Written by Ronni Lundy, regarded as the most engaging authority on the region, Victuals guides us through the surprisingly diverse history--and vibrant present--of food in the Mountain South. Victuals explores the diverse and complex food scene of the Mountain South through recipes, stories, traditions, and innovations. Each chapter explores a specific defining food or tradition of the region--such as salt, beans, corn (and corn liquor). The essays introduce readers to their rich histories and the farmers, curers, hunters, and chefs who define the region's contemporary landscape. Sitting at a diverse intersection of cuisines, Appalachia offers a wide range of ingredients and products that can be transformed using traditional methods and contemporary applications. Through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Lundy shares dishes that distill the story and flavors of the Mountain South.

Epicurious: Best Cookbooks of 2016

Recent Reviews


Misch Brannock

5 Stars

When visiting a friend in West Virginia I was told too bad you won't have enough time because if you did you could spend a few days in Appalachia. Appalachia is simply the most beautiful place on earth and the foods pretty good also.And…

Read Review

For the Love Of Books

Rosemary Smith

5 Stars

I love to cook, so I love cookbooks, but I especially like cookbooks that tell a story even more. Victuals explores the food, people and stories of Appalachia along with 80 recipes for the kind of food that I dream about eating in front of…

Read Review

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey

Nancy N.

3.5 Stars

This cookbook is visually stunning! Victuals means "food or provisions, typically as prepared for consumption" and in this case this…

Read Review

A Taste of the Mountains

Holly Johnson

5 Stars

Victuals : An Appalachian…

Read Review

A well-rounded cookbook

Brittney Cray

4 Stars

This book offers insight into the people and cuisine of Appalachia. There are around 80 recipes that feature modern and traditional methods. The majority of the recipes are not practical but are highly informative. I had fun learning about…

Read Review