Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 20

C Taste of the Mountains


FRED SAUCEMAN, currently on leave
as this magazine's food writer, is
nothing if not kindly, gently, thoroughly appreciative. His new book,
"Buttermilk & Bible Burgers," lovingly celebrates the places, people
and recipes of scores of distinctive
restaurants from throughout the
mountain South.
Sauceman's eye for detail, his
passion for the undiscovered and his
deep understanding of what it takes
to serve consistently good food day
after day, year after year all infuse
this book with a passion that simply
makes you want to go chat with
each of these owners, enjoy their
food and ambiance, and then consider trying a recipe or two at home.
Toss in the wonderful tidbits of
dining room history and Sauceman's
predilection to have restaurateurs
tell things in their own words, and
you have a book that not only
belongs on the mountain lover's
bookshelf, but also in the car as an
important part of Southern
Appalachian travels.
"Buttermilk & Bible Burgers:
More Stories from the Kitchens of
Appalachia," by Fred W. Sauceman.
Mercer University Press. 192 pages.
$21, softcover. -KR

Can the Blue Ridge's Golden-Winged Warbler Survive?
IN MANY RESPECTS, the goldenwinged warbler is the quintessential
Blue Ridge Mountains bird, typically
faring best at elevations over 2,000
feet, occurring in all the region's states
and preferring rural settings. But three
factors taking place in our mountains
have combined to cause the species'
numbers to precipitously drop.
One is nest parasitism by the
brown-headed cowbird; the second is
hybridization with the golden-wing's
close relative, the blue-winged warbler. The third factor is one we can do
something about says Brian Smith,
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Appalachian Joint Venture
Coordinator with the American Bird
Conservancy (ABC). As part of his job,
Smith is advocating more forest management, including selective timber
cutting and prescribed fire, on the
region's national forest and state
Many people mistakenly believe
that all timber cutting is harmful to
wildlife, but the golden-winged warbler is one of dozens of species, especially songbirds, that require early
successional habitat (created by logging, burning, and forest clearing) for

breeding, feeding and protective
cover. In short, the scrubby, brierinfested thickets and open areas that
result from clearcuts - and from the
processes of development - are what
golden-wings require to survive.
Other birds also benefitting from
successional habitats include woodcock, grouse, brown thrashers,
Eastern towhees, field sparrows,
indigo buntings, common yellowthroats, yellow-breasted chats and
chestnut, prairie, worm-eating and
mourning warblers.

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