New book aims to bring southern food to the masses

Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:18am EDT
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By Bernd Debusmann Jr.

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Scott Jones is on a mission to popularize the down-home cooking enjoyed by millions of Americans living in the southern United States.

The former Hollywood development executive for Paramount and Disney, who is now the food editor for Southern Living magazine, said his love of food led him to quit his job on the West Coast and return to the South.

"The pull of food was stronger than that of the motion picture business," he explained. "Now I want to show what real people are cooking in real kitchens and speak to the food of the region."

"1001 Ways to Cook Southern", which was compiled by the magazine, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, as well as desserts and side dishes.

Jones spoke to Reuters about the new book and what makes southern cooking so appealing.

Q: What is it about southern cooking that has made it so popular in the United States?

A: "There are a number of things that have influenced southern cooking and its popularity. It has a lot to do with the ingredients, with the land, the history and the culture. There are a lot of cool things going on in food right now, and I think people are taking notice. Southern food also is local food and it shows sustainability, which people like."

Q: Could you explain how Southern food shows sustainability?   Continued...