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 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.


The Legend of Kanuga Toast

How a church summer camp gave “breaking bread” new meaning.

Home & Garden

Two Berries Are Better Than One

Because having two official state berries — the blueberry and the strawberry — means plenty of opportunities for hands-on experience.