How does a healthy lifestyle affect our relationship with Southern dishes that many call comfort food? Our Public Conversation "Southern Cooking: Then and Now" addressed that and other aspects of Southern cuisine. Before we knew about triglycerides, high blood pressure and trans fat we ate food that was affordable and available by region and season. In the South those meals were fried, flavored with fatback or slow cooked like barbecue. Panelists and audience members discussed the nuances of Southern cooking, including its evolution and healthiness. "Southern Cooking: Then and Now" was moderated by Peter Reinhart, Chef on Assignment, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte campus. The panelists were Heidi Billotto, food writer and restaurant critic; Penny Craver, co-owner and general manager, Dish ; and Denise Hairston, author and culinary expert. View photos from the event. Commentary: No longer Ashamed Of This Cooking Secret This topic motivated WFAE's Elizabeth Shaffer to reminisce about a cooking byproduct that she didn't want to share with the public - until now. Read. Charlotte Talks Food Shows Soul Food Peter Reinhart, the owner of Mert's and a few cookbook writers talk about soul food. Comfort Food Charlotte's food critics and Peter Reinhart look at dives, joints, eateries and bistros where folks can find comfort food. From mac and cheese to nachos and soup. From Farm to Fork Kathleen Purvis, Peter Reinhart and others follow the food we eat - veggies, meat and more - 'from farm to fork.' Southern Biscuits and Bread Baking Peter Reinhart and others talk about techniques for traditional and contemporary southern bread making techniques. Recipes, too! Barbecue Around America Peter Reinhart and BBQ experts explore different barbecue styles across the country. From The Splendid Table The Splendid Table is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. Listen to the show Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. on WFAE. Recipes With hundreds of recipes from the leading chefs and cookbook authors in the world, The Splendid Table's Recipe Box is a great resource for finding the perfect recipe for any occasion. Newsletters The Weeknight Kitchen by The Splendid Table is a great resource for ideas and inspiration for practical, delicious weeknight meals. It features a new recipe each week from great chefs around the world, and original creations from Lynne Rossetto Kasper. Food Talk You're invited to share recipes, ask questions, and talk with other food lovers in the online discussion group, foodtalk.gather.com. Books A Love Affair with Southern Cooking: Recipes and Recollections by Jean Anderson Written by a Raleigh, NC native, this book includes a collection of 300 classic Southern recipes. The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis Classic tome on Southern cooking arranged seasonally to highlight the use of local ingredients. Meatless Soul Food Cookbook by Denise Hairston Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America by Frederick Opie Various 'Southern Cooking' books by John T. Edge Southern Cooking Writer on Apple Pie, Hamburgers, Fried Chicken and more. Various books by James Villas Southern Cooking Writer on Biscuits, Bacon, Casseroles, Cobblers and more. Blogs and Websites Peter Reinhart's Blog Writings and reflections from an acclaimed baker and teacher. Bake or Break The adventures of a home baker in northeastern Mississippi. Edible Piedmont A regional publication focused on promoting local and seasonal eating. Homesick Texan A Texas native living in New York City shares stories and recipes about Texas home cooking. Pioneer Woman An award winning and wildly popular blog by Ree Drummond, a city girl turned country wife and mom. Tartlette A French expatriate living in Charleston, SC, shares recipes infused with locally sourced ingredients. Restaurants Mentioned at the Forum Dish (Charlotte) - Southern cooking, meat and three Trailsend Family Restaurant (Monroe) - Meat and three Johnny K's (Indian Trail) - Meat and three King's Kitchen (Charlotte) - Meat and three Brown Derby (Monroe) - Meat and three Shuffletown Drive-In - Meat and three The Diamond (Charlotte) - Greek Diner Shane's Rib Shack (Charlotte) - Hand battered okra South 21 - Hand battered onion rings Other Resources Mentioned at the Forum 'Pig to Plate' Series by the Charlotte Observer's Kathleen Purvis A.B. Vannoy Hams Smokehouse, smoked meats BBQ & Blues Festival (Sept. 10-11th Center City Charlotte) Match Meats (soy-substitute meats) Grateful Growers Farm Local source in Charlotte for free-range chicken, pork, eggs, lard and more. Thanks to Charlotte Museum of History for being a partner.