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Twenty years ago Edith and Creighton Calhoun bought land in Chatham County after retiring from the military. A chance conservation with a neighbor sparked a twenty-year search for old southern apples, or varieties dating back before 1928. Of the 1,600 varieties, only around 300 exist today. Calhoun collects cuttings of old varieties he finds to grow on his land to preserve the apple heritage. His book, Old Southern Apples, published in 1995, is the first comprehensive work on the subject.
Come fall, Metro Magazine food editor, Nancie McDermott heads down country roads seeking one of North Carolina's classics - Brunswick stew. McDermott describes the ingredients and how stew preparation on a large scale brings a community together.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Jean Anderson returned to Chapel Hill four years ago after living in New York and other world cities. She returned as a celebrated cookbook author and internationally respected food and travel journalist. The recipient of many awards, Anderson was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 1999 in recognition of her major contribution to the literature of food.