Book Review: ‘Southern Makers’ + [Giveaway]

I hope you had a fantastic and food-filled Thanksgiving and are enjoying a less-than-stressful Black Friday!

In addition to a fantastic meal devised by my fiancé and I, I had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Great family.  Great friends.  Great life.  And you.  I am so thankful for my readers who have delighted in my posts as I began the journey of creating and publishing Flour and Fancy in September.  Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing your thoughts, thank you for sharing the content on this site with others, and thank you for engaging me via social media.

Thank you.

In that spirit of sharing, I wanted to share a book that debuted in mid-October that I am completely enchanted with: Southern Makers: Food, Design, Craft, and Other Scenes from the Tactile Life by Jennifer Causey.

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Jennifer Causey is a talented photographer and storyteller who, after writing books that chronicled New York makers and New Jersey makers, decided to adventure in the south and capture the essence of food, design, and craft in four southern states: Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.  And she does this beautifully with vivid images and rich storytelling as she captures the essence of creative folk in these four areas.

As a former Nashvillian of almost ten years, I was, of course, immediately drawn to the section on Tennessee that focuses on that region of the state.  And yet, I was entranced by the other artisans captured in the pages as well.  Each artisan featured – including denim designers, woodworkers, brewers, chocolate makers, bakers, and many more – is captured in a way that truly exhibits the essence of the work and the pride and passion behind it.  Through her 25 interviews with each person featured in the book, we feel a connection to their craft and inspiration in their words.

Beyond the words are the photographs.  Causey truly captures the rich beauty of the south and the rich traditions that define this part of the country.  Each image is stunning and entrancing.

This book should not be missed by anyone who loves the south, is enchanted by great photography, or just wants to step into the creative process of a group of talented and energetic artisans creating beauty.

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And because I adore this book almost as much as I do my readers, I want to give away one copy to one lucky reader!  Here’s the details:

The Southern Makers Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! Congratulations to mistyfuji with winning entry #2!

Legal: To participate, you must be 21 years of age or older and a U.S. resident.  Void where prohibited.  Winner is selected at random and will have 72 hours to respond to contact or another winner will be chosen.  All opinions in this review are my own.  For a full list of official rules of this contest, please see our legal statement.

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11 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Southern Makers’ + [Giveaway]

  1. My favorite creative outlet is cooking and repurposing things into better things. 🙂 I rather make something than buy something because I just feel happier in the long run.

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