Turning our backs on the grim prospects for Afghanistan is part of a long tradition. We drew a veil over the struggle against insurgents in the Philippines. A combination of amnesia and speculative might-have-beens disposed of the Korean stalemate and the Vietnam defeat, and it seems likely the Iraq invasion and occupation will suffer the same fate. Continue Reading Michael H. Hunt: Afghanistan and an unkind God
Sandra Gutierrez shares her recipe for chile-chocolate brownies from The New Southern-Latino Table Continue Reading Sandra Gutierrez: Chile-Chocolate Brownies
12 great reasons for taking a cooking class with UNC Press authors Sheri Castle and Sandra Gutierrez. Continue Reading Cooking the Books: 12 Great Reasons to Take a Cooking Class
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. Continue Reading Michael H. Hunt: How Beijing Sees Us: Policy Insights from the Past
A “take-notice” salad that will brighten up a special meal. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Late Harvest Riesling Vinaigrette, Candied Bacon, and Spiced Pecans
A light, fresh Thanksgiving dish from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Recipe features pomegranate, persimmon, dried cranberries, and apple. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Winter Fruit Couscous Salad
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. Continue Reading Michael H. Hunt: Republicans on foreign policy: Regional powers and regional problems
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. Continue Reading On the MLK Memorial–Celebrating “A Day That Would Not Be Denied”
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. Continue Reading Karen L. Cox’s book inspires new conversation, new images of the South
Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce, recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce
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 Continue Reading The New Southern-Latino Dinner Party: the Grand Finale!
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. Continue Reading Michael H. Hunt: American prospects: Confessions of a conflicted historian
Food bloggers try recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: spiced pepitas, causa vegetariana, & chile chocolate brownies Continue Reading Our 2nd New Southern-Latino Table Dinner Party!
Author Karen L. Cox evaluates The History Channel show You Don’t Know Dixie and challenges southern historians to participate in pop culture discussions. Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: You Don’t Know Dixie—And If You Do, You Should Be Paying Attention to Pop Culture
A comfort food dessert that makes use of fall’s harvest of apples. Recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Ozark Pudding
Recipes from The New Southern-Latino Table, by Sandra A. Gutierrez: peach salsa, chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, & pecan rum cake with figs. Continue Reading Welcome to the New Southern-Latino Table Dinner Party!
Polanyi’s classic suggests we should ignore the profoundly false choice between markets and the state. Continue Reading Michael H. Hunt: Polanyi’s ‘Great Transformation’: A classic for our hard times
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. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille
On the discovery of Confederate tchotkes in a not-so-Confederate region of the South Continue Reading Karen L. Cox: Confederate Tchotkes and the American Dream
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… Continue Reading A Book to Please Every Palate