About Joan E. Aller

Joan E. Aller

When California native Joan E. Aller moved to the mountains of east Tennessee, she immediately felt like she had come home. Aller has dedicated herself to preserving the beauty, culture, and traditions of the region through photography, painting, and writing, as well as by collecting the best recipes southern Appalachia has to offer. Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly is her first cookbook.

A bean pot of baked beans with a wooden spoon placed on a wooden chair

Appalachian Cider Baked Beans

A stick-to-your-ribs recipe in which plain old pintos are doctored up with apple cider, onion, salt pork, molasses, and mustard. Amen.