About James Villas

James Villas

James Villas is the author of nearly two dozen cookbooks, including the James Beard award-winning Pig: King of the Southern Table and his most recent title, Southern Fried. He’s also the former food and wine editor of Town and Country, and his work has appeared in Esquire, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times. Born and raised in the South, Villas now lives in East Hampton, Long Island.

An oval plate with four pieces of Southern fried chicken wings.

Southern Fried Chicken Wings

Perfectly battered. Nicely seasoned. And easy as heck. That’s how we like our fried chicken wings, thank you very much. This recipe delivers all that.

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A wire basket lined with a napkin and filled with bacon Cheddar biscuits.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits

These Southern-style biscuits are just the thing for almost any occasion. Go on, we dare you. Try to think of a time you wouldn’t want them. (See what we mean?!)

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A white bowl filled with Tennessee shrimp and grits, topped with a sprig of parsley.

Tennessee Shrimp and Grits

Classic shrimp and grits gets a Tennessee facelift with the addition of tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, and a splash of Worcestershire.

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A red bowl filled with triangle-shaped bacon buttermilk scones.

Bacon Buttermilk Scones

Made with bacon and onion and buttermilk, these savory scones are traditionally served with soup, though when you let go of expectations, you’ll find they make a swell breakfast, too.

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A spiced peach shortcake on a white plate with spiced peaches layered between two biscuit halves and topped with whipped cream.

Spiced Peach Shortcakes

Ethereally airy biscuits. Sweetly spiced stone fruits. This riff on classic shortcake swaps strawberries for the unexpected to really quite surprising and clamor-for-more effect.

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Two Southern pecan pies in pie plates with a bowl of whipped cream in between them.

Southern Pecan Pie

Though not as sweet as most, this Southern pecan pie is still traditional through and through.

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North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich

North Carolina Eastern-Style ’Cue

This Carolina ‘cue ‘wich draws on pork that’s quite literally falling apart tender, teased into tantalizingly tender shreds, and mopped with a vinegary sauce.

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A white bowl filled with Delaware creamed succotash with a wooden spoon resting on top.

Delaware Creamed Succotash

For this creamed succotash, use only fresh corn and on the cob and fresh lima beans. The succotash is best served the day it’s made for best flavor.

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