When does food become more than just something you put in your mouth when you seek/need nourishment? It’s when you add things like family, friends and traditions to the mix; when that happens, food becomes a celebration of life.
In Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, With Recipes, restaurant and music critic and longtime food and cookbook writer Ronni Lundy moves food writing in a new direction, spinning tales not only about the food/recipes but of the people and stories behind the eats.
She offers up a travel log highlighted not only by the tastes, textures and smells, but also the people she encountered along the journey. These are folks who wouldn’t have the first clue about what a foodie is and quite frankly I don’t think they’d give two shakes! The recipes highlight what some might call down home comfort food, but these folks just call it, what’s for supper.
The offerings aren’t highbrow gourmand worthy, just simple, easy to make things that don’t concern themselves with healthy or vegan or gluten free; but focus on delivering big flavors in unique and different ways. Beautifully illustrated with photos from Johnny Autry, this one is a slam dunk for folks who want to conjure memories of Nana’s apron and the intoxicating sent of down home.