A Taste of Spartanburg

Photographer: Ian Curcio

Author: Ana Parra

Interviewer: Amanda Richardson

Foreword: John T. Edge

Hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-938235-35-1 )
$25.00

Meet fifteen local chefs and fifteen farmers in this colorful celebration of the emerging foodie and farm culture in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

Publication Date: Nov 2017
Dimensions: 9 x 9 in.
140 pages

A Taste of Spartanburg: Local Chefs, Local Farmers, Local Recipes is a celebration of the emerging foodie and farm culture in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Within these colorful pages meet an eclectic mix of local food producers who uphold the upcountry small farming tradition—from dairymen to hydroponic gardeners and from peach orchardists to heirloom corn millers. Learn the secrets and visit the kitchens of a talented and personable assortment of local chefs: bakers, pasta-makers, food truck entrepreneurs, and soul food cooks, among others. And discover recipes that speak to our South Carolina cultural heritage: peach biscuits, Carolina red barbecue, stew meat; as well the cuisine that reflects our international flair: apple strudel, spaghetti carbonara, Thai steak and more.

This is our farm-to-table story. It’s told through the phenomenal portrait photography of Ian Curio, who spent a year of his life in kitchens and gardens, from horse country to backcountry. It’s reflected in the field experiences and feature stories of journalist Ana Parra, founding director of the Hub City Farmers’ Market. It’s infused in the entertaining interviews by food enthusiast Amanda Richardson, who created the Hub City Bites culinary blog.

With a foreword by beloved Southern food writer John T. Edge, A Taste of Spartanburg is a book for and about people who love food. Use it to explore what’s grown here and to try your hand at using local ingredients in dishes made at home. Savor this volume and raise the flag for Spartanburg’s chefs and farmers!

Ian Curcio

Ian Curcio

Commercial portrait photographer Ian Curcio's photographs have been published nationwide for advertising, editorial and corporate clients including UPS, Michelin, BB&T and Marriott. His artwork anchored the book Hub for the Holidays, published by Hub City Press in 2011. Born in Spartanburg, SC and raised all over the world, Curcio is most happy when he's traveling with his family.

Ana Parra

Ana Parra

A journalist and local food advocate, Ana Parra formerly served as the director of the Hub City Farmers Market, implementing the first Mobile Farmers Market in South Carolina. Her written work has been featured in the Hub City book For Here or To Go, Edible Upcountry and the Greenville News. She is currently the community relations specialist for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and spends her free time tasting her way through the Upstate and other delicious corners of the world with her husband and two sons.

Amanda Richardson

Amanda Richardson

Originally from Rock Hill, Amanda Richardson is a Wofford graduate and 12-year resident of Spartanburg. She is a full-time fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina. In her spare time she has combined her passions for food and Spartanburg into a restaurant review and food blog called Hub City Bites, which highlights local restaurants and bars to fuel the foodie scene in Spartanburg.

John T. Edge

John T. Edge

John T. Edge has served as director since 1999 of the Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation, he is author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South, which Penguin will publish in May of 2017.