A Taste of the Mountains

Holly Johnson

5 Stars

August 17, 2016

Victuals : An Appalachian Journey (Ronni Lundy)

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, the book 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.

Having grown up in Appalachia (pronounced with a short 'a'), I can tell you that these stories are a true taste of home.  The recipes are an added bonus!  Mountain folk are hard-working, and occasionally hard-scrabble, people who work hard to eke a living out of the hills.  It's the most beautiful place you'll ever visit, and the recipes representing the area in this book are comprised of earthy, nutrient-rich whole foods.  They're not fancy; they're filling.  Just like the people who developed them.  There are several different types of recipes, and even a section on preservation, but it's the photographs that steal the show here!!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.