Episode 12: Kathleen Purvis
Kathleen Purvis wasn’t always a food journalist.
She started out as a copy “boy” at the Palm Beach Post in the 1970s, she just wanted to be in the newsroom. She’s been around words and colorful characters ever since.
For more than 25 years, most recently as the Charlotte Observer, she’s been an incredible food editor, columnist and reporter, running a weekly section and online food coverage. In early 2019, she left the Observer to strike out on her own, and has since been nominated for a James Beard Foundation journalism award (her third time as a finalist) and had work published in Southern Living and Garden & Gun, among other media outlets. She’s published three books so far, the most recent is “Distilling The South,” and is a walking encyclopedia of southern foodways knowledge.
Among the people and topics Purvis covers in this episode:
Kristen Wile/Unpretentious Palate
Southern Foodways Alliance
Garden & Gun barbecue story
Tamales La Pasadita
Moccamaster in Extra Crispy
Franciscan Starburst dishware
THE Chrissy Teigen tweet