April/May 2015: 50 Perfect Southern Things

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Food
Kim Severson

An oven-friendly take on Mexican-style lamb barbacoa

Food
Clay Risen

Small-batch distilleries are helping rum reclaim its rightful place in the well-stocked Southern bar

Food

If there's ever an excuse for an ice-cold margarita, Cinco de Mayo is it. This year, pour something for the brew lovers, too: Sean Brock's spicy version of a classic beer cocktail

Food
Cathy Barrow

Local chefs are rediscovering homegrown ingredients

Food
Jenny Everett

Though less well-known than their crab counterparts, soft-shell crawfish are a superb springtime delicacy

Music
Robert Hicks

Making music the old-fashioned way—on the porch

Music
Matt Hendrickson

With his sophomore release and full-fledged recording studio, Matthew E. White has brought the spirit of Stax to Richmond

Home & Garden

This season's evening looks are as vibrant as the people, places, and music of Mississippi's storied Blues Highway

Home & Garden
John Kessler

How event designer Keith G. Robinson revived an antebellum estate in the heart of rural Georgia

Home & Garden
Erik Reece

In a small shop in Kentucky, Gray Zeitz creates books the old-fashioned way

Home & Garden
Frances Mayes

A love letter to the fragrant South

Sporting Life
T. Edward Nickens

Preston Gough's collection of pedigreed knives is a study in Southern craftsmanship

Sporting Life
CJ Lotz

Five sure bets for where to watch this year's run for the roses if you aren't Louisville bound

Sporting Life
Ben Crenshaw, as told to Joe Bargmann

Approaching his final Masters, the golfer reflects on the course that taught him almost everything he knows

Sporting Life
Richard Nalley

Wherein a couple fall in love with a dog and out of love with each other

Sporting Life
Kirk Deeter

One of sportfishing's most storied tournaments returns to Tuna Alley

Sporting Life
Padgett Powell

Since first encountering an indigo snake as a boy, the author has been haunted by this all-but-extinct vestige of the Southern wild, once as much a part of the landscape as the longleaf pine. For fifty years he has walked the woods in search of an indigo, with an eye to the ground and, at long last, a little help from perhaps the only group in the world trying to save them

Sporting Life
Ace Atkins

Forget standings and scores. In these parts, college football is about more than winning or losing

Arts & Culture

Some may call it bragging. We call it counting our blessings

Arts & Culture
Guy Martin

Thoughts on skinny-dipping, tailgating with style, and making Mom happy

Arts & Culture
Roy Blount Jr.

Why we need a world full of bees

Arts & Culture
Allison Glock

Thirty years after walking away from music, Bill Withers joins the ranks of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame royalty

Arts & Culture

Etiquette expert Elizabeth Edwards, of Arzberger Stationers in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares the ABCs of a well-written thank-you note

Arts & Culture
Jed Portman

Goings-on in the South and beyond

Travel
Hank Shaw

Heading north for a Southern dream on God's River

Travel
Hampton Sides

Maybe it's the river, maybe it's the ribs, maybe it's the music or something else. Whatever it is, the South's capital of soul has a way of bewitching you

Travel
John T. Edge

Chef Kevin Gillespie's dim sum spin on fine dining is a force to be reckoned with

Travel
Clay Skipper

Explore the city's renowned institutions and the best of what's next

Travel
Clay Skipper

Why these Memphis natives rule

Travel
Nic Brown

A gorgeously overgrown graveyard in coastal North Carolina preserves centuries of stories