The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life

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Whether you live below the Mason-Dixon Line or just wish you did, The Southerner's Handbook is your guide to living the good life. Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, this collection of more than a hundred instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial for modern-day life in the South. From food and drink to sporting and style, home and garden to arts and culture, you'll discover essential skills and unique insights from some of the South's finest writers, ...

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Overview

Whether you live below the Mason-Dixon Line or just wish you did, The Southerner's Handbook is your guide to living the good life. Curated by the editors of the award-winning Garden & Gun magazine, this collection of more than a hundred instructional and narrative essays offers a comprehensive tutorial for modern-day life in the South. From food and drink to sporting and style, home and garden to arts and culture, you'll discover essential skills and unique insights from some of the South's finest writers, chefs, and craftspeople—including the secret to making perfect biscuits, tips for betting on the Kentucky Derby, and how to whip up a proper Sazerac. You'll also find:

Roy Blount, Jr., on telling a great story
Julia Reed on throwing the ultimate party
Jonathan Miles on drinking like a Southerner
Jack Hitt on the beauty of cooking a whole hog
John T. Edge on why Southern food matters

And much more. So grab a glass of fine bourbon, head out to the porch, and get comfortable. You're in for an experience as surprising and enchanting as the South itself.

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Editorial Reviews

BBC Travel
“t’s the prefect guide to bringing a little Southern charm to life wherever you go around the world.”
Oxford American
“As flavorful, authentic and irresistible as the land and the people who inspire it, The Southerner’s Handbook is the ultimate guide to being a Southerner (no matter where you live).”
Beaufort Gazette (South Carolina)
“…a collection of essential Southern skills and smart advice that is meant to be as entertaining to read as it is useful to execute.”
Library Journal
10/15/2013
In terms of embracing all things Southern, there's probably no better source right now than the unabashedly titled Garden & Gun (G&G) magazine. The publication has now produced this "guide to living the good life," providing 75 "instructional essays" covering subjects that include how to fry okra, how to "pull off" seersucker, and, yup, how to shoot a dove. Half of the entries are drawn from the pages of G&G, with additional original content from Southern writers including Matt and Ted Lee, Roy Blount Jr., and Daniel Wallace. VERDICT Distills the spirit, with recipes, of Southern living.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062242389
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 7,457
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Garden & Gun is a national magazine that covers the best of the South, including its sporting culture, food, music, art, and literature, and its ­people and their ideas. The magazine has won numerous awards for journalism, design, and overall excellence. Garden & Gun was launched in the spring of 2007 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    What's with the sticker on the back cover? The front cover of th

    What's with the sticker on the back cover?
    The front cover of the book is beautifully designed, but the huge sticker on the back cover completely offsets it. After removing the hideous sticker, a tacky residue remains making it unpleasant to hold and read the book. Consequently, I am not holding and reading it and have just put it on the shelf. Disappointed. 

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Such an interesting and creative mix of stories, tips and essays

    Such an interesting and creative mix of stories, tips and essays! I loved it and plan to make this my "go-to" gift for friends. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    She loved it

    Purchased for my twenty-something daughter for Christmas - she was thrilled. I will probably borrow it after she finishes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Great Book

    I lived in the south for over 40 years. This book makes miss it so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    As a converted Southerner from New York, I found the tongue-in-c

    As a converted Southerner from New York, I found the tongue-in-cheek humor of the book spot on. I loved the essay on sweet tea and falling of a horse particularly accurate. You don't read this book all at once but pick it up when you want to fill an extra fice minutes of your day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Disappointment

    Was disappointed in the quality. The huge sticker on the back tore off part of the book when trying to peel it off.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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