Kathleen Purvis

Purvis is the food editor for The Charlotte Observer. She is the author of two Savor the South Cookbooks: Pecans and Bourbon. Purvis has been cookbook awards chair for the James Beard Awards since 2000.

Dining

5 Serious North Carolina Pizza Joints

Artisan pizza, with its thin crust and cheese that tastes of the woodsmoke in which it was baked, outshines its boxed-and-ready cousins. These five restaurants deliver the traditional Italian version with North Carolina ingredients.

Central

A Wood-Fired Pizza Revolution

A taste of Naples has come to Winston-Salem. At Peyton Smith’s restaurant, the humble, cheesy pie you think you know is transformed into something you’ll never forget.

Food

Bundles of Love

For a Venezuelan family in Charlotte, Christmas cooking goes on all month, and then some. But one special tamale-making ritual really brings home the holiday.

Central

The Great Punch Comeback

A new generation has discovered the festive wonders of Grandma’s punch bowl. And holiday spirits have never been brighter.

Life

Two Churches, One Table

Thanksgiving has always been about coming together. For a pair of churches in Wilmington, this year’s holiday menu is inspired by a new cookbook that connects two communities: one historically black, and the other predominantly white.

Life

The Queen of Spruce Pine

This enterprising young woman with strong convictions has created a down-home market marvel through her farm and food.

Recipes

The Baker’s Basics: Filling For All

For pies and people alike, what’s on the inside matters most. With enough ingenuity and imagination, any pie — from humble to haughty — is a welcome treat.

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