By Caroline Sessoms
Posted: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
In the South, if football is religion, then tailgating is the preferred form of worship. In The Southern Tailgating Cookbook (University of North Carolina Press), Charlotte photographer-turned-author Taylor Mathis explores the culinary trends and traditions associated with the practice through photos, recipes, and anecdotes. I went to 35 different games across the country and Southern tailgates were unlike anything else, says Mathis. At LSU, there was a group cooking a pig over an open spitthey arrived at 2 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game! Fortunately, the recipes in Mathis cookbook are more feasible and run the gamut from a sinful Pimento Cheese Club to a healthy Arugula and Kale Salad. $30, Barnes & Noble.