William Dickey / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey / Food styling: Rebecca Kracke Gordon

Enjoy this selection of recipes from some great cooks.

Crunchy Fried Green Tomatoes makes tasty use of produce just now showing up in stores.

Everyone loves great food, regardless of its heritage. Jewish culture in the South has put its spin on the region’s cuisine. Marcie Cohen Ferris explains these traditions in her book, Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (The University of North Carolina Press, $29.95), from which these superb dishes are adapted. Give them a try; we think you’ll find the only culture that matters here is the one of good taste.

"Flavorful Sampler" is from the April 2007 issue of Southern Living.

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