The Summer 2014 issue of South Writ Large celebrates the many forms of food and drink. Food does more than sustain; it binds us to places and people, offers an outlet for emotional expression, and connects us with kin, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Although it is merely the quotidian stuff of life, our bellies—and our souls—would be emptier without it. While a famous dish acts as a magnet that draws hungry visitors from afar, another treasured recipe reminds the weary traveler of home as she journeys through unknown lands. The preparation of a meal or a beverage slows us down, reminding us to savor the processes of creation and discovery. Food enlivens our day-to-day existence, enriching our lives in countless ways.