a new book for the editors of Garden and Gun...
The Southerner's Handbook
My brother dropped this little blue book into my hands last weekend-a charming cover, I read down-"by the editors of Garden and Gun."
...good enough for me.
It happens to be my favorite magazine-I am constantly trying to think of a story I can send them that would be worthy of publication.
This is a compilation of sorts-their best stories from the magazine & good 'ole new practical advice 'bout the South-but don't throw any of your old issues out-as I'm want to do with some magazine that do books.
The editor in chief of Garden and Gun, David DiBenedetto writes a beautiful introduction to the book-worth it's purchase alone.There should be a Mr Gerken in everyone's life wherever one lives. Fortunately, I had lots of them in the form of neighbors and especially relatives.
The book's first pages quote Clyde Edgerton:
"Because I was born in the South, I'm a Southerenr,
If I had been born in the North, the West, or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being."
There've recently been a rash of comments creeping up on little augury like Kudzu.
I've just interviewed one of our well known sons (more to come on that lucky break)
I've been riled up by another blogger's unreasonable phobias of the South,
just read about how Britain flocked to GWTW when it came out during WW II,
and found out how the South is still perceived today through that movie's lens, and on and on.
What's it all mean?
The South will always hold an Allure, and a Distaste.
but the book holds a Delight.
There are many, many things in the book as a sixth generation Southerner-I haven't a clue about.
I rarely even say ya'll.
I've never fried chicken-but will take a look into a recipe for great deviled eggs-though I always improvise when I make mine, Grannie did too.
Don't have a home bar-nor do I mix a good cocktail. I improvise there too, but there is a story about a still and moonshine back in the family lore.
Never even held a Gun like my grandfather did (He was from Maryland)-but I've plenty of callouses from a Garden spade-another inheritance, spade & callouses.
SO-I'm sure to learn something from the book,