Newsroom: May Issue Release



Birmingham, AL –The May issue of Southern Living magazine features a modern, Southern spin on burgers, a bite-sized summer menu, eight plants you have to grow now and more.

Highlights of the May issue include:

FOOD: A Modern, Southern Spin on Burgers (p. 134) – Shrimp burgers with sweet ‘n' spicy tartar sauce and pecan-crusted pork patties with dried apricot chipotle mayo are just two options Test Kitchen Professional Norman King can whip up for this Southern spin on burgers. Norman can also share grilling secrets for a perfect patty.

Small-Plate Party (p. 118) – This bite-size but hearty menu offers big flavor with little fuss. Test Kitchen Professional Marian Cairns can show how to make mini crab cakes with garlic-chive sauce, orange basil ice and other tiny, tasty menu items.

Picnic Essentials (p. 152) – Go beyond the ordinary by serving jerk chicken and rice and beans at your next picnic. Test Kitchen Professional Kristi Crowe can demonstrate how to make them.

GARDENING: EIGHT PLANTS YOU GOTTA GROW! (p. 69) – When your yard puts you to sleep faster than C-SPAN, Southern Living's garden editors name eight plants that are a shot of espresso. They include ‘Mimi Penny' French Hydrangeas, ‘After Midnight' Cornflower and more. Associate Garden Editor Rebecca Bull Reed can share the prescription for success for each.

TRAVEL: Disney Deal: Rent for Less (p. 40) – You don't have to break the bank to stay in Disney. One affordable option is renting a fully furnished home in Orlando. After checking out hundreds, Southern Living recommends the best. Broadcasters: Travel and Livings Editor Tanner Latham reveals our picks, shares how to find the homes, and where to book them.

Perfect Summer Escape: Hilton Head (p. 18) – With Memorial Day around the corner, Southern Living reminds beachgoers that Hilton Head isn't just about the surf and sand. Associate Travel Editor Jennifer Cole explores the island's six marinas and shares the best place to get fresh oysters to hidden, hole-in-the-wall hangouts.

Memphis in May (p. 28) – Capitalist pigs. Natural Born Grillers. Pork Illustrated. No, they're not rock bands. They're barbeque cooking teams, and these clever names represent hoards of seriously smoking swinemeisters, serious about winning the Memphis in May World Champion Barbeque Cooking Contest (May 14-16), according to Southern Living. "This is NASCAR with sauce" said one thrilled griller earnestly.

ATLANTA: The Spanx Queen's Picks for Great Atlanta Shopping (p. 44) – Spanx Founder Sara Blakely says of her shopping habits: "I'm not a browser." She shares her six favorite stores in Atlanta ― from where to get high-end heels to a place that sells vintage t-shirts.

HOME AWARDS: Salvaging One's Home in South Carolina (p. 100) – See how one couple turned a former barracks into a stylish home in Beaufort, SC, taking honors for the "Best Before and After" in Southern Living's 2009 Home awards. See why.


ST LOUIS: New Town, Old Soul (p. 88) – Southern Living showcases a new neighborhood west of St. Louis the redefines the American suburb.

New Orleans' Natural Side (p. 26) – Southern Living highlights the Big Easy's natural side and cites what the perfect 60 minutes would look like in New Orleans.

Southern Living, the premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South, reaches more than 16 million readers each month and enjoys a circulation of 2.8 million. Published 12 times a year by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation, Southern Living celebrates the heart of Southern life.