Southern Food - John Egerton
Sad, sad day. This hurts my heart.
John Egerton has died author of 'Southern Food: at Home, on the Road, in History' and 'Side Dishes', founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, historian and writer of one of the finest books on the civil rights movement in the period _before_ the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Speak Now Against the Day. He understood that food _is_ lived history everywhere, but especially in the south.
If you don't recognize him it's likely because he was not a celebrity. If you do, well, I guess your heart hurts too.
He was a writer of clear, powerful words. He loved all of the south, knew and faced our failings with clarity, celebrated our changes and dug into our past foodways to search out our future.
I met and corresponded with him about politics and food and he wrote a dedication in my copy of Southern Food:
'to Karen - herewith a little corn, a hog or two - and the rest is history'
please post here if you knew of him.
Please read these tributes, and seek out his work. you will be moved and changed for the better.
Thank you for your post. John Egerton's passing is very sad news.
I enjoyed hearing Mr. Egerton speak at the UNC Library, 13 or 14 years ago, and we discussed chocolate gravy; he signed my copy of Southern Food with this: "To Gina, who grew up on chocolate gravy."
I learned of this while I was in Staunton, VA, this weekend, eating as much Southern Food as I could.
Egerton's books are among my favorites. He was a great and gifted writer and historian, and I am saddened by his passing.