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Vol. 1, No. 4: Southern Humor

Pass the Grits

by John Shelton Reed

“Do you ever eat grits? (If yes) How often do you eat them?”

The national food of the South is celebrated in a Roy Blount poem and a Stan Woodward film—but who eats it? (Or is it “them”?) A 1991 Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of 1,171 southerners found that roughly one in four eats grits “frequently,” another one in four “sometimes,” one in five “seldom,” and one-third “never.” Southerners were asked about their likes and dislikes of certain regional foods—including grits. Here’s how it fared.

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