Appalachian Foods: Defining a Culture

Southern Appalachia is a culturally distinct mountain region that extends from the Maryland panhandle through West Virginia and Kentucky to the mountains of North Georgia. Thanks to the region’s severe topography and strong people, a unique and underappreciated regional cuisine emerged. In this talk, Sohn will discuss Appalachian food and culture: stack cakes, soup beans, biscuits and gravy, chicken ‘n dumplings, apple butter, and other mouthwatering dishes as well as food-related topics like cast iron, corn, and can houses.

Should your group wish to prepare a meal or snacks for the talk, Sohn will assist you in choosing recipes from his award-winning Appalachian cookbook Mountain Country Cooking, as available as Hearty Country Cooking.