Publication of ‘The Happy Table of Eugene Walter’ to be celebrated Oct. 5

AUBURN – Two events are planned for Oct. 5 to celebrate the publication of “The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink,” a book based on recipes and writing by the late Eugene Walter.

The Auburn University Libraries will sponsor a book talk at 3 p.m. in Special Collections and Archives at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The Gnu’s Room will host a dining experience at 7 p.m. with recipes from the book prepared by chef Galen Haggerty. Books will be available for purpose at both free public events.

Walter, a native of Mobile and often described as a citizen of the world, was a pioneering food writer, champion of Southern foodways and culture and legendary figure among food lovers.

Walter was working on “The Happy Table” at the time of his death in 1998. The book was assembled and edited by Donald Goodman, literary executor of Walter’s estate, and food writer Thomas Head, former executive wine and food editor of Washingtonian magazine. It will be published this fall by the University of North Carolina Press.

“The Happy Table” will introduce a new generation of readers and cooks to Walter’s culinary legacy and intrigue those interested in southern food. In addition to offering readers a wealth of Southern eating and drinking recipes and traditions, collected by Walter over a lifetime of cooking, gardening and throwing one-of-a-kind parties, the book celebrates Walter’s appetite and talent for life and its pleasures.

The events are co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the Auburn University College of Liberal Arts. For more information call 334-844-4946 or visit

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