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Julia Reed

Writer on Food, Politics, and the South



Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.” She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, where she writes a food column, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC.


Reed grew up in the Mississippi Delta and began her career at Newsweek magazine’s Washington Bureau. For 20 years she was a contributing editor at Vogue, where her profile subjects including everyone from Oscar de la Renta, Robert Deniro and Sister Helen Prejean to George and Laura Bush and Bill and Hillary Clinton.


She is the author of: But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria: Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry; The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story; Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life with Recipes; and Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena. Her most recent book, One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood, was published by Rizzoli in April 2014.


She lives in New Orleans, where she served as board chair of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for seven years. Currently, she is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Eudora Welty Foundation.
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An Evening with Julia Reed: Writer Julia Reed discusses the inspiration of much of her writing—the comforts of Southern life. Using her recipes and her essays as examples, she shows us the influence that the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans has on her identity and her work.

Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: Julia Reed gives a presentation based on the contents of her hit book, Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes). She provides tips and personal insight into gracious hosting, successful dinner menus, and charming conversation—all with an ease and simplicity that are distinctly present in her depictions of the South.




Praise for Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialities "We had about 45 people attend her event that morning and everyone at her session really enjoyed meeting her. Thank you so much for all your help in bringing Julia Reed to Memphis for our first annual book festival."
- Carley Kirby, Literacy Mid-South

"Julia Reed is another Southern writer with a fine hand for storytelling and cooking. Though you'll want to cook from her book, first you'll want to take it to the porch hammock to read. Each tasty tale - from her collard green chronicle to her Frozen Assets anecdote on ice cream - will whet your appetite for more."
--The Post and Courier (SC)

“[A] charming collection. Reed's wit and her eye for the telling historical detail shine through.”
--The Times Picayune 

"No matter what your tastes, Ham Biscuits has something to tempt your taste buds."
--The Clarion Ledger

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