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Julia Reed

Writer on Food, Politics, and the South



Julia Reed is the author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena; Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes), The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story, and But Mama Always Put Vodka In Her Sangria! Her Books take a fun and unique look at the world of cooking.


Julia has been writing for Vogue since 1988, profiling various political figures from Al Gore to Condoleezza Rice. She is now a contributing editor for Newsweek, covering New Orleans politics and the monthly “Food and Drink” column. She also contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review, New York Times, London’s “The Spectator,” and Southern Accents. Reed makes regular appearances on MSNBC and CNN.


Although Julia Reed grew up in the Mississippi Delta, she began attending the Madeira School outside of Washington D.C. at 16. She interned at Newsweek’s Washington bureau for six years as she attended Georgetown and American University.  Currently, she lives in New Orleans (First Street) with her husband, John, and their dog, Henry. She is chairman of the board of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and serves on the boards of
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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.



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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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