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.


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.


The Julep Solution

On spring and summer days, when it’s too humid to feel refined, look to the classic drink of Dixie.



The vine that twines over fences and through childhood memories lends its aromatic scent and unmistakable taste to grown-up fare.