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Southern Secrets

The Manual of Southern Know-How

T Bone Burnett’s Smoking Southern Playlist

Let the Texas-Born music legend get your soundtrack started with his ideal lineup

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Train Your Own Gun Dog

Get your bird every time by laying a strong foundation

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Make an Appealing Tomato Aspic

Three Southern chefs on bringing back the classic dish

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Fry Super Crispy Okra

A culinary feat every Southerner should master

The Manual of Southern Know-How

Mastering Muscadines

You can add no more Southern a fruit to your yard than the thick-skinned, juicy muscadine grape. Here are three tips for growing your own

The Manual of Southern Know-How

Expand Your Southern Canon

It’s time to crack the spines of the new literary classics

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Cast into the Wind

A champion angler on the secret to working a breeze in your favor

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Do New Orleans Like a Local

Let New Orleans native and award-winning screenwriter Lolis Eric Elie guide you away from Bourbon Street to the avenues experiencing a resurgence around the city

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Pour the Perfect Bloody Mary

Charleston, South Carolina, restaurateur Brooks Reitz shares a family secret

Arts & Culture

G&G’s Manual of Southern Know-How

From mixing the perfect Bloody Mary to casting into the wind, our experts have you covered at every level—newcomers and natives alike—on the skills every Southerner should master

The Manual of Southern Know-How

When to Write a Thank-You Note

The wry author and Alabama native shares the Dos and Don’ts

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Bag a Bourbon Boat Drink

Meet the frozen bourbon margarita

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Thump a Watermelon

An expert’s guide to finding a fruit that’s ready to eat

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Press Your Silver into Service

Georgia-based author and interior designer James Farmer makes the case for using the good stuff every day

The Manual of Southern Know-How

How to Escape Pluff Mud

An Alabama outdoorsman on the art of getting unstuck