The Southerner’s Handbook

A Guide to Living the Good Life

Editors of Garden and Gun

Book

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.

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, and its two previous books, The Southerner's Handbook and Good Dog, were New York Times bestsellers.

 

Reviews

“…a collection of essential Southern skills and smart advice that is meant to be as entertaining to read as it is useful to execute.” —Beaufort Gazette (South Carolina)

“t’s the prefect guide to bringing a little Southern charm to life wherever you go around the world.” —BBC Travel