Randal Cooper

engineer, actor, intellectual, mal vivant


Frying chicken


There’s a rule of thumb that says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of any skill. If you’re above the age of thirty, there’s a good chance that your grandma…


The mystery pear

Or, the best secret pie you can make.


When I was old enough to ride in a grocery cart and consume solid food, but not quite old enough to distinguish…


Hoes gotta eat too.

The best way to make cornbread.


“If God had meant for cornbread to have sugar in it, he’d have called it cake”—Mark Twain

Purple Hull Peas

The bane of Southern childhood, the thing you want on your cornbread.


“Listen, if God had meant for purple hull pea lovers to keep suffering

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The mystery pear

Frying chicken


There’s a rule of thumb that says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of any skill. If you’re above the age of thirty, there’s a good chance that your grandma…


Grits and why they suck


Is there anything more vile than poorly prepared grits? What other dish can combine the flavor of soap with the texture of tapioca balls finely dusted with popcorn…


P‘minnuh Cheese


When I was eight or nine years old, I “invented” a sandwich that I called a “cheese, pickle and mayonnaise” sandwich, as an alternative to peanut butter and jelly.

You can guess the recipe.

I stopped eating that sandwich about the same time I stopped eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (although the mere mention of PB&J has me craving…