Susan Puckett is the newest Atlanta mag food columnist

In the May issue of the magazine (one we’re all especially proud of), we debuted a standalone food section called Appetite. The restaurant coverage by Christiane Lauterbach and me remains the same, but we’ve added some new features, including an expanded feature on wine/beer/spirits and a local food find by blogger Deborah Geering. We’re also welcoming a new voice to the magazine: Susan Puckett, former longtime food editor of the AJC and champion of Southern foods.

Her column is called Home Plates: Every month, Susan asks a local culinary professional—who’s also a Southerner—to prepare a recipe that holds meaning for them, and she reports on the process and the story behind it while they cook. We kicked off the column with hometown hero Kevin Gillespie, who adapted his family’s banana pudding recipe (which uses pound cake rather than vanilla wafers). In the expanded online version, you can also read his clearest, most gluttonous memory of the dish as a child.

Welcome, Susan, we’re thrilled to have you!