The editors of one of my favorite magazines (Garden & Gun) have come out with a book entitled The Southerner’s Handbook which is a really good read. There are essays on manners, hunting, gardening, clothing, food, drink, etc. by different authors. My personal favorite was “Sweet Tea: A Love Story” by Allison Glock. I have the same memories as Glock of soda not being allowed in our house but sweet tea was fine-even though as the author says it’s “akin to drinking icing”. Read this for a more in depth understanding of southern novels and life.