Atlanta’s Best Food and Restaurant History Books


Exploring a place’s culinary history and restaurant culture provides essential insight into the foods of a specific city or region of the country, connecting the past to the present while highlighting the next step. of this culinary scene. For those interested in learning more about Atlanta’s food and beverage history, here are some food and food culture books on Georgia’s capital to unwind on a rainy day or on the weekend.

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A culinary history of Atlanta

Culinary historian Akila Sankar McConnell celebrates the history of Atlanta food, iconic dishes, and restaurants in this academic book, beginning with her Native American roots and the city’s founding to the present day. Through recipes and historical records, McConnell shines a light on the food, chefs, bakers, restaurants and markets that have all helped shape Atlanta’s culinary identity over the past 175 years. McConnell is also the founder of Atlanta Food Walk Tours.

To buy: Bookstore | Amazon

Fearless Innovation: Atlanta’s Food Story

More than just a cookbook, chef Taria Camerino shines a light on Atlanta’s culinary diversity and penchant for innovation and entrepreneurship through recipes and ideas from dozens of chefs and culinary personalities. from Atlanta and home cooks. This book shows how the city has always tried (and continues to) push boundaries and break down barriers when it comes to food. Beautifully photographed with 50 food and drink recipes on the back.

To buy: Bookstore | Amazon

Unique Atlanta Dining and Dining

Chow Club Atlanta Underground Dining Author and Founder Amanda Plumb takes readers beyond dishes most commonly associated with Atlanta, like fried chicken, to reveal the city’s vast and diverse global pantry. through restaurants like Heirloom Market BBQ, Canoe and establishments along the Buford Highway. The book also provides Plumb with the platform to offer an overview of the must-see dishes of Atlanta restaurants, give a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s kitchens, and tell a few stories surrounding some of Atlanta’s iconic food institutions.

To buy: Bookstore | Amazon

Views of the waffle house

Atlanta-based digital storytelling publication the bitter southerner commissioned this book dedicated to the Southern 24 hour breakfast institution (and founded in Atlanta) after publishing their popular story titled “Waffle House Vistas” by Micah Cash in 2019. Cash’s photos were taken inside the Waffle House restaurants in the South, including the original restaurant at Avondale Estates, now a museum. The 96-page book includes a preface by New Orleans novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin (“We Cast a Shadow”) and an afterword by North Carolina writer Laura Bullard.

To buy: The southern bitter

Ban in Atlanta: Temperance, Tiger Kings & White Lightning

Even after ending in 1935, many of the social mores, legal constraints, and legislation surrounding the ban still exist in Georgia today. But Atlanta led the fight against total temperance during the gloomy days of Prohibition with rum runners in pumped-up cars cruising the state carrying illegal liquor and moonlight for sale to blind tigers in across town. In this book, Ron Smith and Mary Boyle explore how race, religion, and gender have historically and legally complicated Georgia’s relationship with alcohol since its founding and the role Atlanta has played, and still plays today. hui, so that alcohol circulates freely.

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