Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Southerner's Handbook

The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Lifewill be released on October 29th and is available for pre-order. The book is comprised of tips and tricks from contributors of Garden & Gun Magazine.

There's more to being Southern than just living below the Mason-Dixon. It takes some know-how. From throwing a crawfish boil to betting on a horse at the Derby to, yes, even whipping up a stiff drink, we've rounded up the experts and put together a list of tips, tricks, and secrets to help make sure you're up to speed.

When it comes to Maryland being a Southern or Northern state, there's definitely confusion (see #13). Would you say Maryland is Southern or Northern?

17 comments:

Annie said...

Northern!

Belle on Heels said...

Depends on where you are! When M went to college/grad school in Connecticut, people definitely did not consider him Northern. But my family (Virginia, SC, and Alabama) definitely considers M's family Northern. M just says he's Mid-Atlantic :)

Just Ask Beth said...

Northern for sure!

Tom Buchanan said...

I agree that Maryland is "Mid-Atlantic". As you probably know, during the Civil War, Maryland had both Northern and Southern sympathies. Just listen to the first verse of the state song, Maryland, My Maryland about "the despots heal". The despot is Lincoln, who sent troops to shore up Baltimore because there was much Southern sympathy. Even the Maryland flag is said to be a combination of symbols (Lord Baltimore and Crossland family crests) which at the time were used separately by Northern and Southern supporters. Of course, you know what JFK said about Washington, DC -- it had southern efficiency and northern charm.

RiversideLilly said...

I am from Connecticut. My husband is from Baltimore. Trust me- It is the South!

j.mosby said...

Experience southern traditions is an exciting new change for me! Food, music, architecture, and southern customs are fresh and very much in vogue thanks to Garden & Gun magazine! Most of there subscribers are from other parts of the states not just the south. When I've traveled to Charleston, SC or New Orleans, LA, there's something about the warm hospitality of the south that makes me want more!

Portuguese Prepster said...

this is adorable! what a great coffee table book.

Portuguese Prepster said...

and I would say technically Northern with some Southern elements! I'm from Northern VA right up near DC, so I feel the same way...Technically northern but now that I live in NYC it sure seems Southern!

Summer is a Verb said...

I agree with my hoodie Riverside Lilly, I'm doing time in CT and there's a definitive distinction in mentality from MD my Maryland...I am a rockfish out of shorebilly water here...XXOO

Nat said...

I think the south sees us as northern and the north sees us as southern! I like the description that were mid-Atlantic

Patsy said...

I'd go with Northern, we don't require a handbook ;-)

lizziefitz said...

I am from Maryland moved to Charleston 4 years ago. I can tell with 100% certainty that natives are convinced Maryland is NORTHERN.

Maureen said...

Having grown up first in Virginia, then Maryland where I lived well into adulthood I think the entire DC/Balt area has a definite Southern vibe and in the best possible sense of the word. My daughters live in Germantown and New Market and visiting them is a delightful trip down Southern memory land every time!

Anonymous said...

Do they serve sweet tea at restaurants or tea at all in MD?

In Atlanta, no tea at all means Northern. An option of sweet or unsweet tea means a mix of Northern and Southern people, as in Metro ATL.
Only sweet tea means Southern/outside
ATL....There are Mason-Dixon lines.. and also Tea Lines!

Happy Fall, y'all!!! :)

bisbee said...

Originally from NYC, I know that we are considered Southern by my old neighbors. However, I consider myself to be living in the North, even though it really is Mid-Atlantic. VERY different from the real South, which is a plus for me!

MP said...

Southern Ingenuity and Northern Hospitality.

Sundresses and Smiles said...

This is on my wishlist!!

As for Maryland, I'd say it's Northern, however, I think parts of Maryland have a Southern feel. As a native, what do you think?