Amanda Heckert

Amanda Heckert is a deputy editor at Garden & Gun. A native of Inman, South Carolina, she previously served as the editor in chief of Indianapolis Monthly and as a senior editor at Atlanta magazine. She lives in Charleston with her husband, Justin, and their dog, Cooper.

Arts & Culture

Southern Streaming: A Jason Isbell Doc, a Texas Axe Murderer, an Alabama School of Horrors, and More

Ten great series, films, documentaries, and podcasts to tune into this April

Arts & Culture

Top Southern Shows to Stream in March

Top series, films, documentaries, and podcasts to tune into this March

Arts & Culture

Southern Streaming: What to Watch in February

Southern-accented series, films, and documentaries to tune into this February

Arts & Culture

Southern Streaming: Great Stories to Dive Into This Month

Cozy up with these Southern-inflected films, series, and podcasts

Food & Drink

Love and Loathing in Fruitcake Land

Why the much-maligned dessert deserves a place on your holiday sweets spread—yes, really. No, really, I’m serious!

Arts & Culture

Southern Streaming: Great Series to Dive Into This December

Six Southern-inflected podcasts, documentaries, and dramas to watch


Shelby Drink Your Juice

A Steel Magnolias–themed cocktail for all the Shelbys out there—and Clairees, Truvys, Ouisers, Annelles, and M’Lynns

Food & Drink

A Kinship Between French and Southern Baking? Mai Oui!

The author of the new cookbook Gâteau makes the delicious case

Champions of Conservation

A Grassroots Force

Along Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley,” longtime resident Gail LeBoeuf and her friends prove getting involved can make a difference


E.M. Reitz’s Soulful New Line

The Charleston designer’s new women’s wear line embraces effortless cool

Arts & Entertainment

Reese Witherspoon’s Best Southern Roles

From “Felony Melanie” to June Carter Cash, the Oscar winner’s performances endure with humor, heart, and a heap of natural Nashville-nurtured talent

Food & Drink

The Best Cornbread Dressing in the World—My Grandmother’s

An ode to the Southern Thanksgiving staple and the family recipes that endure

Arts & Culture

The Joy and the Power of High on the Hog

Based on a book by the culinary historian Jessica B. Harris, the new Netflix series celebrates the influence of African American culture and ingenuity on the country’s cuisine

Arts & Culture

Brooke Baldwin’s Big Leap

The longtime CNN news anchor and Atlanta native bids goodbye to her news job and hello to her new book, Huddle

Food & Drink

The South’s Other Sno-Balls

Baltimore’s sweet summer tradition goes back more than a century

10 Slideshow

Arts & Culture

Greetings from Yesteryear

The culinary historian Jessica B. Harris shares her stunning vintage postcard collection in a new book

Southern Focus

Close-Up of a Would-Be King

The art of being Elvis


Tips for Betting the 145th Kentucky Derby

ESPN senior researcher Chris “The Bear” Fallica shares a few historical trends to keep in mind before this year’s Run for the Roses

How to Survive the Kentucky Derby

Everything you need to know to master the Run for the Roses

Food & Drink

What Locals Serve at Mardi Gras

New Orleans insiders reveal what’s really on their tables—and bars—during Carnival