The Food Culture of Kentucky:

Home-cooked meals, hometown restaurants and locally sourced ingredients.

Green tomatoes at the Bardstown Road Farmers' Market in Louisville, Kentucky

Green tomatoes at the Bardstown Road Farmers’ Market in Louisville, Kentucky

Catfish fiddler & frog legs at Farmhouse Restaurant in Calhoun, Kentucky

Catfish fiddler & frog legs at Farmhouse Restaurant in Calhoun, Kentucky

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon at J's Bar in Owensboro, Kentucky

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon at J’s Bar in Owensboro, Kentucky

The Woodford Reserve Bourbon distillery in winter in Versailles, Kentucky

The Woodford Reserve Bourbon distillery in winter in Versailles, Kentucky

Sides of local beef at the McLean County Locker in Calhoun, Kentucky

Sides of local beef at the McLean County Locker in Calhoun, Kentucky

Hand-cut steaks and roasts at the McLean County Locker in Calhoun, Kentucky

Hand-cut steaks and roasts at the McLean County Locker in Calhoun, Kentucky

Sorghum and molasses at Frank's Meats and Produce in Louisville, Kentucky

Sorghum and molasses at Frank’s Meats and Produce in Louisville, Kentucky

Broadbent's Smoked Country Bacon at Trunnell's Farm Market in Utica, Kentucky

Broadbent’s Smoked Country Bacon at Trunnell’s Farm Market in Utica, Kentucky

Bourbon Barrel Stout beer at Lilly's Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky

Bourbon Barrel Stout beer at Lilly’s Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky

The neon sign above Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

The neon sign above Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

A sign for Free Range Eggs on a farm in Masonville, Kentucky

A sign for free range eggs on a farm in Masonville, Kentucky

Whole country hams for sale at Finchville Farms in Finchville, Kentucky

Whole country hams for sale at Finchville Farms in Finchville, Kentucky

A bowl of grits at The Waffle House in Owensboro, Kentucky

A bowl of grits at The Waffle House in Owensboro, Kentucky

The menu of the Big Dipper hamburger stand in Owensboro, Kentucky

The menu of the Big Dipper hamburger stand in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-cooked roast pork, potato salad and pork-n-beans in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-cooked roast pork, potato salad and pork-n-beans in Owensboro, Kentucky

Kentucky Tavern Bourbon in Owensboro, Kentucky

Kentucky Tavern Bourbon in Owensboro, Kentucky

Heirloom melons for sale at a farm stand in Masonville, Kentucky

Heirloom melons for sale at a farm stand in Masonville, Kentucky

Bleugrass Chevre (goat cheese) at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky

Bleugrass Chevre (goat cheese) at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky

Dinner with local soda Ale-8-One at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky

Dinner with local soda Ale-8-One at Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky

Crystal clear “white dog” Bourbon whiskey in Versailles, Kentucky

Fried Chicken at Indi's Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky

Fried Chicken at Indi’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky

Locally grown okra at Reid's Produce in Owensboro, Kentucky

Locally grown okra at Reid’s Produce in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-made lemon ice box pie in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-made lemon ice box pie in Owensboro, Kentucky

The Bardstown Road Farmer's Market in winter in Louisville, Kentucky

The Bardstown Road Farmer’s Market in winter in Louisville, Kentucky

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, cooked apples and peas in Henderson, Kentucky

Fried chicken, potatoes, cooked apples, tomatoes & peas in Henderson, Kentucky

Pecans at Reid's Orchard in Owensboro, Kentucky

Pecans at Reid’s Orchard in Owensboro, Kentucky

Pecan pie at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

Pecan pie at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

JD Country Milk from Russellville in Lexington, Kentucky

JD Country Milk from Russellville in Lexington, Kentucky

Biscuits and Gravy at Livia Supply in Livia, Kentucky

Biscuits and Gravy at Livia Supply in Livia, Kentucky

Apple butter at Trunnell's Farm Market in Utica, Kentucky

Apple butter at Trunnell’s Farm Market in Utica, Kentucky

Mutton barbecue at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

Mutton barbecue at Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-made pancakes, country ham and scrambled eggs in Owensboro, Kentucky

Home-made pancakes, country ham and scrambled eggs in Owensboro, Kentucky

 

Nate Gray has captured images of food, cooking and culture throughout the world. His photographs have appeared in several publications including USAToday.com, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian.com, AsiaSociety.org, Salon.com, Frommers.com, Getty.edu, CNNTravel.com and others. (cphotoj.com)