A whole new wave of writers and photographers are eschewing traditional platforms to share the modern foodscape in their own ways. Welcome to the age of indie food media. The grassroots Authentic South (authenticsouth.com) podcast serves up a host of genuine characters, from the watermen of Tangier Island to Knoxville's Biscuit Queen. South Louisiana-based Runaway Dish (runawaydish.org) hosts dinners to bring communities together, and documents all the players (chefs, farmers, and producers) in a culinary journal that, in turn, opens up that community to the outside world. And in Short Stack (shortstackeditions.com), a series of single-topic pamphlets (tomatoes, grits, buttermilk), recipes, and their inspiration come together with the soul of a modern community cookbook.
Red Velvet Hot ChocolateWith a sweet cream cheese "frosting" and chopped milk chocolate, this take on red velvet cake will knock the socks off your guests.