GREENVILLE, Miss. -- Julia Reed, who wrote about food and culture in the South and promoted her native Mississippi Delta, has died. She was 59.
The editors of Garden & Gun magazine said in a post on the magazine’s website that Reed died Friday of cancer.
She was a contributing editor to the magazine, which chronicles life and culture in the South.
Reed grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, before embarking on a writing career that took her to Washington, D.C. and New York.
In a tribute on the magazine’s website, historian Jon Meacham described her as a “tsunami of talent, charm, and energy.”
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Our hearts are beyond heavy to report that Julia Reed passed away today from cancer. Her larger-than-life presence was only matched by her talents and tireless advocating for the renaissance of her beloved Mississippi Delta. Her writing has been a cornerstone of Garden & Gun for more than a decade, and her voice in the pages will be irreplaceable. Beyond that, she was a trusted friend, confidant, and the greatest dinner party companion ever. Our thoughts are with her family. Read a remembrance of Julia by her good friend Jon Meacham, at link in bio.