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Following the Smell of Bourbon

“Bourbon will make you do funny things,” says chef Edward Lee. Growing up in Brooklyn to Korean immigrant parents, Lee’s move to Louisville, Kentucky might surprise some. But sixteen years and several successful restaurants, cookbooks, and television shows later, Lee has made his mark on Southern food. He joins us on the podcast to discuss his new book Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine, which guides us a on a tour around the country eating...


It All Started with a Bag of Turnip Greens

Yes, the turnip greens at Taqueria del Sol are legendary (as are the tacos and margaritas), but there is more to this wildly popular Southern restaurant. We caught up with chef Eddie Hernandez and his business partner, Mike Klank, who together have been cooking up delicious Mexican food in Atlanta for more than three decades, to find out how this unlikely duo met, why they're so successful (hint: it's the food), and to dig into Eddie’s new cookbook, Turnip Greens & Tortillas. Plus, at the...


Writing America’s History

Pulitzer-prize winning presidential biographer and Chattanooga native Jon Meacham has written books on the lives of Thomas Jefferson, George H. W. Bush, Andrew Jackson, and the relationship between Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. He joins us in this episode of the Whole Hog to discuss essential Southern reading, the historian’s responsibility, moving back to the South, and his new book, 'The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels'.


The Power of Women in Country Music

The Power of Women in Country Music by From the editors and tastemakers at Garden & Gun magazine.


Season 3: Ep 1 All Over but the Eatin’

Rick Bragg’s new memoir The Best Cook in the World, takes us back to Possum Trot, Alabama, but this time it’s all about the food. We talk to Rick about the dishes he grew up eating; his momma, Margaret; and the legacy of Southern blue-collar cooking. Ham and red-eye gravy over fresh diced tomatoes, anyone?


Season 2 Ep 6: A Year of Southern Culture

On the final episode of the Whole Hog's second season, host John Huey looks back at the year in Southern culture. Matt Hendrickson joins the show to talk about 2017's best music releases, Kim Severson weighs in on Southern food, and Square Books’ Richard Howorth discusses the year's must-read Southern books. For more coverage of the year in Southern food, music, books, and more, keep an eye on


Season 2 Ep 5: S is for Southern

Garden & Gun's latest book, S Is for Southern, is an encyclopedia of Southern tradition and contemporary culture, and this episode of the Whole Hog is its crash course. Host John Huey is joined by editor in chief David DiBenedetto for a rundown of the new book, along with lively readings from some of its contributors. Hear Julia Reed's ode to Doe's Eat Place, a Greenville, Mississippi, institution. And listen in as Roy Blount, Jr. riffs on humidity, Kathleen Purvis retraces bourbon's...


Season 2 Ep 4: On the Road with Jessica Lange and Julia Reed

Jessica Lange is one of the most accomplished actresses of the past four decades, earning acclaim and industry-wide respect for iconic roles in films like Frances and Tootsie, and on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire. But Lange is a talent behind the camera, too. Her photography is featured in the latest issue of Garden & Gun, in which Lange joins author and G&G contributor Julia Reed on a road trip through the Mississippi Delta. Go beyond the feature in the latest episode of the Whole...


Season 2 Ep 2: A Conversation with Lolis Eric Elie

Host John Huey sits down for a wide-ranging conversation with writer and filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie. In a frank discussion that touches on race, cultural traditions, and American history, Elie talks about the influence of his father, civil rights attorney Lolis Edward Elie, and "the difference between symbols and substance." Elie, a New Orleans native, also reveals how he found a touch of the Crescent City out West, talking with chef Marcus Christiana-Beniger, who co-founded a restaurant in...


Ep. 6: On the Trail With a Master Tracker

Join master tracker Dwight McCarter on the trail of missing children in the Great Smoky Mountains and get to know Nashville singer-songwriter Brandy Clark.


Ep 4: Tour Savannah with Author Bruce Feiler, Pastry Chef Cynthia Wong, and More

Author Bruce Feiler takes us back to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, head into the kitchen with Charleston, South Carolina-based pasty chef Cynthia Wong, and G&G assistant editor Jed Portman shares his family's secret for perfect fried chicken.


Ep 3: A Spanish Ham Pilgrimage, Pit Bulls, Bluegrass, and More

Join us on a trip to Spain with John T. Edge and cure master Allan Benton, catch up with author and dog lover Bronwen Dickey, and explore bluegrass' new sound.


Premiere Episode, Part 2: Steel Magnolias, Master Distiller Marianne Barnes, and a Delta Road Trip

We continue our conversation about the real story of Steel Magnolias with Julia Reed and Robert Harling, meet Kentucky’s first female master bourbon taster, head out on a father-and-son road trip in the Mississippi Delta, and hear from some of country music’s newest outlaws.


Premiere Episode, Part 1: Steel Magnolias, Bourbon Punch, and Roy Blount, Jr.

In our debut podcast episode, we’re celebrating ten years of Garden & Gun magazine with special guests Roy Blount, Jr., editor in chief David DiBenedetto, a potent bourbon party punch, and a part one of a conversation with Julia Reed and Robert Harling on 30 years of ‘Steel Magnolias.’