American writer

Rick Bragg  is the author of eight books, including the best-selling Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 recognizing his work at The New York Times, and is a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. He frequently writes about his family in Alabama, where he lives.

All Over but the Shoutin' was a New York Times notable book of the year, won several awards and was selected as one of the best books of the year by several news organizations and reader groups.

Bragg was born in Alabama, grew up there, and worked at several newspapers before joining the New York Times in 1994. He covered the murder and unrest in Haiti while a metro reporter there, then wrote about the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. He later became Miami Bureau Chief for the Times just in time for Elian Gonzalez's arrival and the international battle for the little boy. He is now a roving correspondent based in New Orleans.

He has twice won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, and more than 50 writing awards in his 20-year career. In 1992, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He has taught writing in colleges and in newspaper news rooms. He is also the author of Somebody Told Me, a critically acclaimed collection of his newspaper stories.

Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike.

Kirkus Starred Review
on The Best Cook in the World

A beautifully written memoir... For readers who crave soul with their recipes this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast escaping.

Library Journal starred review
on The Best Cook in the World

Readers of this book will learn about Bragg’s mother’s kitchen, of course, but also about what makes food good, and what role food can play in a family and in a culture. Just thinking about this book is making us hungry.

on The Best Cook in the World

The beloved author of All Over but the Shoutin’ has written a loving tribute to his mother, the South, stories, tradition, and a disappearing way of life.

Saturday Evening Post
on The Best Cook in the World