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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: Great Series to Dive Into This December

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

Recipe

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

Style

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

Sporting

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

12 Slideshow

Arts & Culture

Miles and Miles of Texas

Austin, Texas, photographer and entrepreneur Jay B. Sauceda shares glimpses of his home state

Drinks

Bloody Good Holiday Punch

A Bloody Bull is an even richer spin on a Bloody Mary. Make it batch-style, like one G&G writer’s family, and prepare to bowl over your party guests

Arts & Culture

Vivian Howard Says Goodbye to A Chef’s Life

The chef, author, and television star reveals her favorite episodes—and previews her new show to come

Southern Women

Meet Artist Dorothy Shain

How the Greenville, South Carolina artist found her purpose in a paintbrush

Arts & Culture

Elvis Rides Again

Notables such as Emmylou Harris and Ethan Hawke hop in the back of Elvis Presley’s Rolls-Royce to muse on the rocker and America in a new documentary