Georgia Magazine - October 2017 - 5
FROM THE EDITOR
For some, turning 40 is a melancholy milestone, heralding the
onset of middle age and the need
to slow down and take life a little
Happily, that is not the case
for the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo.
This annual farm show celebrates
its 40th anniversary this year and is
once again expected to bring more
than 80,000 visitors and 1,200 exhibitors to Spence Field in Moultrie.
Though it's billed as "North America's premier farm show," the expo
has something for everyone, farmer
or not. Turn to "Sunbelt Ag Expo"
on page 18 to see images from last
year's show and get a taste of what
this year will have to offer.
Agriculture may be Georgia's
No. 1 industry, but the state boasts
first place in another industry that
might not come as readily to mind:
kaolin. Georgia produces the most
kaolin of any U.S. state by far, and
this white clay, found in a wide belt
through the middle of Georgia, is
the most economically important
mineral mined here.
See "Where kaolin is king,"
starting on page 24, to learn more
about this valuable resource and its
many uses, as well as the festival
hosted in its honor in Sandersville.
Finally, take a culinary journey
through Georgia and four neighboring states as we explore food
and beverage trails in the Southeast. Whether you are a die-hard
fan of a particular cuisine or just
in the mood to try something new,
turn to "Destination delicious!" on
page 28 and take a step off the
The Puerto Rican Peach
BY ANA RAQUEL MORALES
s a child, I never imagined
that someday I'd have
Georgia on my mind. I
was born and raised in Puerto Rico and made the jump to
Atlanta when I was 25.
I love being part of
Georgia's melting pot.
Even though I was familiarized with the English language because it was taught
in school, from elementary all
the way up to college, it took
a while for me to adjust to the Ana Raquel Morales has collected more than 6,000
casual, conversational South- cookbooks and enjoys finding new recipes and cookern drawl. It sure was a dif- ing styles to try.
ferent cultural experience as
well, but I decided to use my love for
cooking, music, language and books
to create a bridge between homes.
One commonality between the
two homes is their Southern hospitality, a quality I have always appreciated. In most Puerto Rican and
Georgian homes, people are always
ready to greet visitors with warmth
and delicious meals. Through the
years I have enjoyed entertaining One of Ana Raquel Morales' favorite crossfamily and friends at home, serving cultural dishes is a meatloaf wrapped with
homemade dishes that hail from my zucchini and ripe plantains.
island as well as from Georgia and
other cuisines. One of my favorites, a
After a few years living here, I
meatloaf wrapped with zucchini and had the awesome experience of meetripe plantains, is a perfect example of ing the queen of Southern cuisine,
this cross-cultural amalgam. When I Nathalie Dupree. This event began
entertain, swinging Latin tunes bring my adventures meeting authors of
my Puerto Rican piano to life, and cookbooks as well as books from
my home is filled with a blend of cul- many other genres. Today, my home
tures. As a transplanted Puerto Rican is bursting with more than 6,000
Peach, I have been able to enjoy cookbooks and a few thousand of
fresh peaches, pecans and sweet tea! several other genres. My collection
When I moved to Atlanta in Jan- also includes many books autouary 1988, I brought with me 50 of graphed by their authors, which I am
my prized cookbooks. My culinary delighted to have.
library grew exponentially through
I have been blessed to travel in
the years, as I rejoiced discovering and out of the country, which has en(Continued on page 7)
new dishes to cook.
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