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.
But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!Adventures in Eating, Drinking, and Making Merry
St. Martin’s Press
In her new book, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!, Julia Reed, a master of the art of eating, drinking, and making merry, takes the reader on culinary adventures in places as far flung as Kabul, Afghanistan and as close to home as her native Mississippi Delta and Florida’s Gulf Coast
Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties
An Entertaining Life (with Recipes)
St. Martin's Griffin
Julia Reed spends a lot of time thinking about ham biscuits. And cornbread and casseroles and the surprisingly modern ease of donning a hostess gown for one’s...
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.
- 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