The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food

The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food


Edited by Randall Kenan

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At the intersection of food and story, The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food offers a collection of food-related stories are set in North Carolina, though geography is sometimes secondary to the main theme, which is food in any form: meals and manners, cooking and ingredients, recipes and recollections. Novelist Michael Parker writes about his mother's reluctant, but exclamation-point-laden food column for her husband's newspaper; Celia Rivenbark remembers her summer job at the only sit-down restaurant in her eastern Carolina hometown; chef and former vegetarian Cathy Cleary reveals what led her to sit down to a pork dinner. Bridgette Lacy celebrates mid-summer "Mater Days" in newsrooms of daily papers where she worked. Writer and goat farmer Tom Rankin writes about taking his goats to be slaughtered by a halal butcher from Afghanistan in Sanford. John McElwee takes us to the annual celebratory Blue Monday shad fry along the Cape Fear River. The collection is edited by Randall Kenan, an award-winning novelist and food writer. Some of North Carolina's favorite writers regale us with stories: Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Marianne Gingher, Jill McCorkle, Jaki Shelton Green, Wayne Caldwell, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Michael McFee, Zelda Lockhart, Crook's Corner's popular chef Bill Smith, noted cookbook author Nancie McDermott, and many others.

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Randall Kenan is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an award-winning novelist, journalist, and food writer. He has written about food for a variety of publications, most notably a profile of culinary food historian Michael Twitty for Garden & Gun. He also teaches a course on food writing at UNC.

His books include Visitation of the Spirits, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, and The Fire This Time. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005, and was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2007. He also is the recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize and the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A native of Duplin County, Mr. Kenan now lives and pursues his culinary interests in Hillsborough, North Carolina.