To paraphrase an old saying, “Give a man Mississippi cooking and you feed him for a day; teach a man Mississippi cooking, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Cooking in our state is an art unto itself, and our practitioners are always happy to share their techniques with visitors. You may find yourself bellied-up to the stacks of oral histories, documentary photographs and films produced by the Oxford-based Southern Foodways Alliance, or seated before a master roux maker in the Mary C. O’Keefe Culinary Center in Ocean Springs. Or, you may discover your culinary genius after a day at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, where French-trained chefs share tips and secrets ranging from how to make the most complex sauces to simple ways to keep pasta from sticking to the pot. Feed the mind. Feed the body. Better yet, do both at once when you visit Mississippi.