Cooking the Books: 12 Great Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

12 great reasons for taking a cooking class with UNC Press authors Sheri Castle and Sandra Gutierrez.

Michael H. Hunt: How Beijing Sees Us: Policy Insights from the Past

What is China going to do? Now that our Middle East wars are winding down, this question has fixated the U.S. policy community and policy commentators. Even aspirants for high political office feel compelled to have an answer. A substantial historical literature offers solidly grounded insight on how Chinese officials and commentators have viewed the United States from the nineteenth century to the 1970s. Let me suggest three conclusions drawn from my reading of that literature. Each is pertinent to any attempt to interpret recent developments and predict the future.

Sheri Castle: Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Late Harvest Riesling Vinaigrette, Candied Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

A “take-notice” salad that will brighten up a special meal.

Sheri Castle: Winter Fruit Couscous Salad

A light, fresh Thanksgiving dish from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Recipe features pomegranate, persimmon, dried cranberries, and apple.

Michael H. Hunt: Republicans on foreign policy: Regional powers and regional problems

Regional issues continue to tie politicians in knots. Michael Hunt responds to the GOP debate on foreign policy, as both an historian and as a citizen.

On the MLK Memorial–Celebrating “A Day That Would Not Be Denied”

Here are some beautiful images of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, as well as a thoughtful meditation by UNC Press author Blair L. M. Kelley on the subject of King’s work and legacy.

Karen L. Cox’s book inspires new conversation, new images of the South

Historian Karen L. Cox’s book Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture is prompting lively discussion and an art exhibit. Includes video.

Sheri Castle: Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce, recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle.

The New Southern-Latino Dinner Party: the Grand Finale!

Food bloggers try recipes from Sandra Gutierrez’s The New Southern-Latino Table: Chile-Cheese Biscuits with Avocado Butter, Carrot Escabeche & Jalapeño Deviled Eggs, & Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Michael H. Hunt: American prospects: Confessions of a conflicted historian

U.S. politics threatens to become an endless, self-defeating round of missions impossible with each failure pushing public frustration ever higher. Yet for the historian, there is hope.

Our 2nd New Southern-Latino Table Dinner Party!

Food bloggers try recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: spiced pepitas, causa vegetariana, & chile chocolate brownies

Karen L. Cox: You Don’t Know Dixie—And If You Do, You Should Be Paying Attention to Pop Culture

Author Karen L. Cox evaluates The History Channel show You Don’t Know Dixie and challenges southern historians to participate in pop culture discussions.

Sheri Castle: Ozark Pudding

A comfort food dessert that makes use of fall’s harvest of apples. Recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle.

Welcome to the New Southern-Latino Table Dinner Party!

Recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: peach salsa, chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, & pecan rum cake with figs.

Michael H. Hunt: Polanyi’s ‘Great Transformation': A classic for our hard times

Polanyi’s classic suggests we should ignore the profoundly false choice between markets and the state.

Sheri Castle: Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille

Sheri Castle’s recipe for Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille from The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Featuring veggies abundant at the height of summer: squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, herbs.

Karen L. Cox: Confederate Tchotkes and the American Dream

On the discovery of Confederate tchotkes in a not-so-Confederate region of the South

A Book to Please Every Palate

For the month of July, we’re shining the spotlight on all of our great foodways and cookbook titles here at UNC Press. We’re very excited about our forthcoming fall lineup that’s peppered with delightful foodie treats. Here’s a little amuse-bouche: Editor Stephen A. McLeod, with the help of staff members at Mount Vernon, brings us …

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Michael H. Hunt: How to think about the end of the “American Century”

Revisiting Henry Luce’s essay on American ascendancy, Michael H. Hunt considers the current era of American decline.

Roasted Roma Tart

A great way to use those summer tomatoes: Roasted Roma Tart recipe from Sheri Castle’s New Southern Garden Cookbook.