Collards: A Southern Tradition from Seed to Table by Edward H. Davis,John T. Morgan

By Edward H. Davis,John T. Morgan

Food is vital to southern tradition, and collard vegetables play a vital function within the South’ s culinary traditions. A dinner party to the famished, a gift to the robust, and a convenience to the weary, collards have lengthy been held expensive within the food-loving southern center. In Collards: A Southern culture from Seed to Table, Edward H. Davis and John T. Morgan offer this emblematic and cherished vegetable the full-length survey its attention-grabbing and complicated background merits.


The booklet starts off with collards’ vague origins. Like an exceptional detective tale, the quest for collards’ domestic state leads the authors either to Europe and West Africa, the place they resolve a story as awesome and complicated as that of southern humans themselves. Crossing again over the Atlantic, the authors traverse miles of yankee again roads, from Arkansas to Florida and from Virginia to Louisiana. They vividly recount visits to houses, gardens, grocers, farms, and eating places the place the numerous sorts of collards are venerated, from the generic eco-friendly collards to the yellow cabbage collard and infrequent crimson cultivars.


In uncovering the secrets and techniques of becoming collards, the authors find prize-winning patches of the plant, interview “ seed savers,” and supply worthwhile information for kitchen gardeners. in addition they describe how collards made the jump from kitchen backyard staple to hugely valued advertisement crop.


Collards captures the tastes, smells, and prize-winning recipes from the South’ s ultimate collards gala's. They locate collards on the houses of farmers, jazz musicians, governors, and metal staff. relatives to cabbage and broccoli yet better to either in dietary price, collard vegetables go beyond human divisions of black and white, wealthy and bad, subtle and rustic, and concrete and rural.


Food traits might come and cross, yet collards are a convention that southerners go back to many times. Richly illustrated in colour, Collards demonstrates the abiding centrality of this eco-friendly leafy vegetable to the foodways of the yank South. In it, readers will rediscover an outdated friend.

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