The U.S. Census Bureau defines the American South as encompassing some 16 states and the District of Columbia. That includes a vast swath of the nation, from the northeastern border of Delaware (almost on the edge of the indisputably Yankee capital of Philadelphia) all the way down to the tip of the Florida Keys and west to El Paso, Texas.
The cooking of the South varies as much from place to place as the region’s landscape does, but in general it adds up to what is arguably the country’s most identifiable and richest indigenous cuisine, and arguably the most influential — a case that could be made on the basis of the popularity of fried chicken alone. (These are the 30 best fried chicken places in America.)
Of course, like America itself, it draws from many cultures — Native American, English and Scottish, Spanish and French — and