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The Creativity of Southern Cooking

The region’s cuisine has a complex history of violence, adaptability, and innovation.
Source: Larry Crowe / AP

The food of the South is one of the most complicated, complex, contradictory cuisines in the U.S. This is the region where a monumental mixing of crops and culinary traditions gave way to one of the most punishing, damaging monocultures in the country; where food born in violence and slavery led to delicious, nutritious

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