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Nicole Taylor, a cookbook author based in Brooklyn and originally from Athens, Georgia, doesn’t consider herself a chef in the least. She says home cook is far more fitting as she discovered her love of cooking in the home—surrounded by family, soaking up smells and sounds. Her mastery of flavors and techniques characteristic of soul food, borne from Southern African American tradition with elements carried over from the African diaspora, has been a hard...
Georgia roads are made for rolled-down windows, for the glare of summer bouncing off a windshield, for tape decks in a sun-cracked dashboard. When I was in high school, back when first I knew people my own age who drove their own cars, there was a rule about accepting a ride. Always look in the center console or the glove box. Count the cassette tapes. If you found more Lynyrd Skynyrd than Allman Brothers,...
I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the great state of South Dakota, but because of the Liz Phair song of the same name, it’s long felt like a familiar place. You know how certain songs can bring you back to a particular moment in time? “South Dakota” takes me right back to being 19, heading to The Savannah College of Art in Georgia. I studied for a few semesters, but couldn’t really justify...
It certainly speaks to Brooklyn’s exceptional diversity that we’re reasonably knowledgeable about Georgia--and not just that it’s a Caucasian country, as well as the peach capital of America. We’ve actually had pretty steady exposure to its singularly comforting fare, transmuting our passion for pizza into a love of khachapuri--hearth-baked, cheese-stuffed bread--and more recently, embracing amber wine as well, fermented and aged in man-sized earthenware pots. Yet for the most part, acquiring either has traditionally required...

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