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In Mississippi, Southern Italian Food Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Though I've had more than my fair share of oysters Mosca and chicken grande at Mosca's, the justifiably famous Creole Italian restaurant just outside New Orleans, I'd never really thought of the American South as having much in the way of an Italian restaurant tradition. But in the last two days I've eaten two terrific and totally different Italian meals in Mississippi that were each in their own way absolutely true to themselves and the towns they are situated in. L&M's Kitchen and Salumeria is the brainchild of Dan Latham, a native Mississippian and Ole Miss and French Culinary Institute grad who cooked and made salumi at Otto, Babbo, and Pó, Mario Batali's restaurants in New York City's Greenwich Village.... More

Oxford Food Historian Arrested For Jaywalking

One of my favorite food historians, author of Near A Thousand Tables: A History of Food Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, was recently arrested for jaywalking in Atlanta. This guy is an Oxford don. His wife is a beautiful Englishwoman, and they live in a classy Mayfair flat filled with books from floor to ceiling. Their son was the Comte de Provence in Sofia Coppola's recent Marie Antoinette. The slightly built historian said the officer kicked his legs under him and pinned him to the ground, causing his glasses to fall off. Two other officers assisted in holding him down, said Fernandez-Armesto, who said he suffered a gash on his forehead and a bruise on his wrist as he attempted to break his... More

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