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May 1, 2012

Southern cooking is more than fried chicken, grits and collard greens.

And food writers and Memphis natives Paul and Angela Knipple have set out to prove it, according to Virginia Willis, Southern author and chef.

In their new cookbook The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South, the food writers look at modern Southern cuisine through the lens of first-generation immigrants to the region.

Through 50 main recipes and stories of more than forty immigrants, the book traces the evolution of Southern food and its role in the immigrant experience.

The book gives a nod to Southern tradition by shaping their global story in the context of the iconic cast-iron skillet, marrying traditions past and present, near and far.

You will find recipes for Father Vien’s Vietnamese-style pickled mustard greens, Bolivian corn casserole and creamy beer soup. You will also learn that fried catfish works great in sushi rolls.

Published by the University of North Carolina Press, the cloth book is $35.

Learn more about the Knipples at


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