Sugar and Rice - Digesting the Gulf Coast Region

By / Photography By Richard Knight | August 29, 2015
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Digesting the Gulf Coast Region

For its name alone, Sugar & Rice is a notable fit in an issue themed Naturally Sweet. So how sweet is it that readers’ appetite for the award-winning magazine helped celebrate its first anniversary when issue 4 rolled off the press this summer. Sugar & Rice explores the Gulf region through long-form articles, personal essays, art and photography. “We wanted to create an object that has the substance to go with the stories it tells. And the funny thing is, people are actually keeping it on their bookshelves, or they put it on their coffee tables,” says Executive Editor David Leftwich. Themes for the second series include the perspective of kids (issue 5); “scale” interpreted from different angles, including the scale of food justice and balancing sustainability (issue 6); and La Boca (the mouth), an issue that zooms in on Cuba and its cultural, historical and, let’s not forget, culinary influence on the Gulf Coast. “We’re planning on going to Cuba. Part of our research will follow the history of pre-revolution connections between Cuba and the rest of the Gulf—stories like those of a Cuban sugar baron who studied at LSU and worked at sugar mills near Baton Rouge,” says Leftwich. In addition to being a food journalist and editor, David loves to cook and has collaborated on several fundraiser dinners. If he had to choose, however, between writer’s pen and chef’s knife, the pen wins. “Being a chef is too hard on the physique, “he laughs.

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