Ronni Lundy

Journalist & Cookbook Author

Victuals, An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes

Born in Corbin, Kentucky, Ronni Lundy has long chronicled the people of the Southern Appalachians as a journalist and cookbook author. She is the former restaurant reviewer and music critic for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, former editor of Louisville Magazine, and has contributed to many national magazines.


Born in Corbin, Kentucky, Ronni Lundy has long chronicled the people of the Southern Appalachians as a journalist and cookbook author. She is the former restaurant reviewer and music critic for The Courier-Journal in Louisville, former editor of Louisville Magazine, and has contributed to many national magazines.

Her book Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken was recognized by Gourmet magazine as one of six essential books on Southern cooking. In 2009, Lundy received the Southern Foodways Alliance Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. She has contributed to Eating Well, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Esquire, and other magazines.

Ronni's most recent book, Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes, guides us through the surprisingly diverse history – and vibrant present – of food in the Mountain South. While Appalachia is often stereotyped and dismissed as a homogenous place, here, through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Southern food authority Ronni Lundy provides a deeper look at the region’s complexity, from its wide range of native crops to the people bringing vibrancy to the food landscape. In 2017, Victuals won the James Beard Award for American Cooking and the James Beard Award for Best Cookbook of the Year.

Recipes from Ronni Lundy


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