Ever wonder why Mississippi has such great tamales? Or why people there marinate dill pickles in Kool-Aid?
“Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey through the Soul of the South” ($24.95, University of Georgia Press) author Susan Puckett will explain all that and more tonight at the Georgia Center for the Book in a talk that’s part of Decatur Arts Festival week.
Puckett, a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, lives in Decatur and was the Food editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 18 years. She’s written for national food and culture magazines and is an author of six previous books, including “A Cook’s Tour of Mississippi.”
Adding to the evening’s festivities, AJC chief dining critic, John Kessler, will be joining Puckett on stage for a conversation about the book and the food of the Mississippi Delta.
Here’s what Puckett posted about all that on her Facebook page: “If watching Kessler trip me up with questions like how to prevent boll weevils from infesting the pimento cheese isn’t entertaining enough, there WILL be samples from the book and cheap wine afterward!”
Talk and book signing at 7:15 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium.
Find more info about the event here: georgiacenterforthebook
— By Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.