But first, a little unfinished business: In mid-April, I had a giveaway for Southern Living’s “Little Jars, Big Flavors.” The winner of that contest never claimed her book so I have randomly selected another winner. Sherry, who left comment No. 18 on this blog entry, you are the new winner. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 540-981-3343 to claim your book.
This week’s giveaway is another work from Southern Living called “Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings” by Morgan Murphy. It is the sequel to Murphy’s original “Southern Living Off the Eaten Path.” Morgan used to be the magazine’s travel editor, and these books are billed as “part travel guide, part cookbook.”
For the latest work, Murphy traveled through 16 Southern states, tasting iconic dishes and meeting characters along the way. In this book, he recounts some of the stories from his adventures and also shares 150 different recipes, from the Black and Blue Martini at The Porch in Dallas to Charred Poblano Creamed Corn at The Admiral in Asheville, NC. I love that Murphy’s book is sprinkled with road-trip soundtracks (“If It’s the Beaches” by the Avett Brothers and “Orange Blossoms” by JJ Grey & Mofro for Florida) and quirky local sayings (“It’s so dark out you have to light a second match to see if the first one caught”).
For a chance to win this book, leave a comment on this blog entry answering this question: If you could get in the car and take a road trip anywhere in America right now, where would it be and what would you hope to find to eat when you got there? The deadline is noon on Friday. I’ll pick my favorite answer and announce a winner by 5 p.m. on Friday.