Famous Kentucky Flavors

Famous Kentucky Flavors

Exploring the Commonwealth's Greatest Cuisines
Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess, photographs by Elliott Hess
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03925-5
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Kentucky has a rich tradition of good eatin', with famous classics like fried chicken and bourbon balls as well as less well-known Bluegrass mainstays like spoonbread, burgoo, and Derby pie. There's nothing worse than pulling off the road for a tasty bite and being confronted with a less than appetizing meal instead. Veteran road trippers Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess are on a mission to help you ditch the dives. They have traveled the state and mapped out the best local foods, festivals, and flavors. From their trek to the Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester to the Hot Brown Hop in Louisville, these gals know the best places to eat and want to take you along for the ride in Famous Kentucky Flavors. Along the way, you'll visit all the classics and will also be introduced to some more unusual fare, including lamb fries, Benedictine spread, and barbecued mutton. Plan your own lip-smacking road trip from bourbon balls to burgoo with Famous Kentucky Flavors.

Author Bio

Cameron M. Ludwick is a bookworm, trivia nerd, and former band geek who still relies on the survival skills she learned at Girl Scout camp to cope with nature. A Kentucky native, she now has bigger hair and lives in Austin, Texas.

Blair Thomas Hess is a born-and-bred Kentuckian who once won a sack-the-pig contest at the Trigg County Country Ham Festival. She resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, with her daughter and her picture-taking, bourbon-collecting husband.

Together, these long-time friends travel across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, exploring its various wonders and uncovering its best-kept secrets. They share these secrets in the My Old Kentucky Road Trip books, which include The State of Bourbon and Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations. Follow the adventure at myoldkentuckyroadtrip.com and on Twitter (@MyOldKYRoadTrip) and Instagram (@myoldkentuckyroadtrip).


“With this fun book, your stomach and imagination take a road trip through some classic and iconic Kentucky foods. The recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and the stories guaranteed to warm your heart as you embark on a journey through some of the tastiest flavors Kentucky has to offer.”
 — Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook and The Essential Pantry

“Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess have provided the perfect primer for the gastronomic wealth of the Commonwealth. Their book is a must read for anyone interested in Kentucky food and beverage tourism.”
 — Albert W. A. Schmid, author of How to Drink Like a Mobster and The Hot Brown

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Table of Contents


Calendar of Kentucky Food Festivals


PART I: Starters

Chapter 1: Beer Cheese

A Road Trip to the Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester

A Road Trip to the Mainstrasse Village Goettafest in Covington

Chapter 2: Spoonbread

A Road Trip to the Spoonbread Festival in Berea

A Road Trip to Georgetown’s Sweet Corn Festival

PART II: Main Courses

Chapter 3: Burgoo

A Road Trip to the Anderson County Burgoo Festival

A Road Trip to the Mountain Mushroom Festival in Irvine

Chapter 4: The Kentucky Hot Brown

A Road Trip to the Hot Brown Hop in Louisville

What in the World is Benedictine?

Chapter 5: Kentucky Fried Chicken

A Road Trip to the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum and the World Chicken

A Road Trip to the Green River Catfish Festival

Chapter 6: Kentucky Barbecued Mutton

A Road Trip to Kentucky’s Barbecue Festivals

What in the World is a Lamb Fry?

Chapter 7: Country Ham

A Road Trip to the Trigg County Country Ham Festival

A Road Trip to Tater Day in Benton

Chapter 8: Kentucky State Fair Food

A Road Trip to the Kentucky State Fair

What in the World is a Hemp Hot Dog?

PART III: Desserts

Chapter 9: Derby and Transparent Pies

A Road Trip to the Pecan Festival in Hickman

A Road Trip to the Banana Festival in Fulton

Chapter 10: Bourbon Balls

A Road Trip to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown

What in the World is a Blue Monday?