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A South You Never AteSavoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia$
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Bernard L. Herman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653471

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653471.001.0001

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A Freezer Full of Marsh Hens

A Freezer Full of Marsh Hens

(p.119) A Freezer Full of Marsh Hens
A South You Never Ate

Bernard L. Herman

University of North Carolina Press

Marsh hens (mud hens, sage hens, clapper rails, rail birds) are the emblem of marshland worlds of men hunting vast wetland meadows and marshlands of salt grass, cooking together in clam houses and garage kitchens. This chapter examines the natural history of marsh hens, hunting lore, storytelling, terroir, foodways and regional identity through historical narratives, recipes, and oral histories.

Keywords:   Marsh hens, Hunting, Gendered foodways, Regional identity, Marshlands, Marsh hen recipes, Marsh hen cuisine, Terroir, Natural history

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