CJ Lotz

Home & Garden

The South’s Historic Love Affair with the Laid-Back Glamour of Rattan

How English craftsmanship, Palm Beach elegance, and one Virginia tastemaker sparked a decades-long porch party

Arts & Culture

The Very First Christmas at Biltmore

In 1895, a Vanderbilt bachelor threw a holiday party unlike anything North Carolina had ever seen—and started a Southern tradition

Arts & Culture

Our Q&A with Rick Bragg Went About as You’d Expect

Over a phone call from the road, the Southern author talks his new essay collection, books that inspire him, the unhealthiest scrambled eggs in history, and his spooky Halloween plans


In Praise of Pickle Juice and Probing Questions

Julia Bainbridge, the author of a new drinks book, talks brine, Atlanta and Nashville spots, and why your bartender might know more than Instagram does


An Elevated Oyster Shooter

Tip back a taste of Louisiana


A Powerful Lowcountry Original

Fletcher Williams III draws, paints, and sculpts art from the region’s abundance


Samin Nosrat’s Soft Spot for Southern Food

The Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat star on her upcoming chat with Alabama legends, the wisdom of grandmothers, and why cornbread is so intimidating

Arts & Culture

Buy a Beloved Lowcountry Writer’s Desk, Books, and Pens

The auction of Dorothea Benton Frank’s collections of cookbooks, dishes, and jewelry will support a writing fund in Charleston


Chef Bryant Terry’s Songs to Savor

The Memphis-born, California-based chef cooks up the perfect late-summer playlist


A Banana Daiquiri to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

Plus, the tastemakers India Hicks and David Flint Wood share refreshing hospitality ideas in a beautiful new book

Food & Drink

What to Eat and Drink Around the South—Right Now

A state-by-state guide to bites and beverages, from regional delicacies to recommendations from locals

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New Reads We’ve Been Loving this Summer

A balm of beautiful photos, powerful memoirs, and fiction from beloved Southern authors, including Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, and James Lee Burke

Arts & Culture

Life Lessons and Movie Recommendations from James Lee Burke

The prolific Southern novelist just might be the grandfather the world needs right now


Seven Standout Southern Nurseries

For help planting a paradise at home, go where the wild things grow

Arts & Culture

For the Love of Old Stamps

A North Carolina stamp collector makes snail mail beautiful again—and shares why “this is no place for licking”


Food & Drink

Boiled Peanut Salad with Bacon Dressing

How to work your favorite road trip staple onto the dinner table

Home & Garden

Mountain Farmhouse Magic in North Carolina

An airy home in the woods draws one creative family to Cashiers all summer


Five Wines to Quench Your Summer-in-the-South Thirst

A trailblazing Southern sommelier picks her favorite “crushable” chilled wines in red, white, and rosé

Arts & Culture

John Grisham’s Summer Reading List

The bestselling author on the new cookbook that’s got him excited about shrimp gumbo, the novel he’s re-read at least five times, and his “method” for organizing books

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Arts & Culture

The Best Books of 2020—So Far

Twenty Southern literary treasures, novels, cookbooks, and escapist thrillers.