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.
A “take-notice” salad that will brighten up a special meal.
A light, fresh Thanksgiving dish from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Recipe features pomegranate, persimmon, dried cranberries, and apple.
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.
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.
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.
Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce, recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle.
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
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.
Food bloggers try recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: spiced pepitas, causa vegetariana, & chile chocolate brownies
Author Karen L. Cox evaluates The History Channel show You Don’t Know Dixie and challenges southern historians to participate in pop culture discussions.
A comfort food dessert that makes use of fall’s harvest of apples. Recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle.
Recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: peach salsa, chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, & pecan rum cake with figs.
Polanyi’s classic suggests we should ignore the profoundly false choice between markets and the state.
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.
On the discovery of Confederate tchotkes in a not-so-Confederate region of the South
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 …
Revisiting Henry Luce’s essay on American ascendancy, Michael H. Hunt considers the current era of American decline.
A great way to use those summer tomatoes: Roasted Roma Tart recipe from Sheri Castle’s New Southern Garden Cookbook.
Southern historian Karen L. Cox explores a Charlotte neighborhood designed with a ‘Gone with the Wind’ theme.