At the intersection of food and story, The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food offers dozens of stories by Tar Heel writers about the best meal, food memory, noteworthy family tradition, cherished food ritual, dreaded food ritual, fail-safe recipes, worst recipe, worst meal, funniest meal. Written by many of North Carolina's best-known novelists, journalists, and chefs, the book is edited by Randall Kenan. It includes pieces by Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Celia Rivenbark, Michael Parker, Jill McCorkle, and Marcie Cohen Ferris. It also includes stories by chefs and cookbook authors such as Crook's Corner's popular chef Bill Smith. The book features stories on everything from shad roe fries to Thanksgiving turkey disasters to a reluctant carnivore attending a ribfest.