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 spit—they 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.
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