NAME: Joyce Pinson
OCCUPATION: Master gardener, food blogger at Friends Drift Inn: Recipes, Gardening and Hot Flashes, and a freelance writer
WHO SHE IS: From her red barn in the itty bitty mountain town of Pikeville, Kentucky, Joyce Pinson is determined to teach the rest of us about the cuisine of Appalachia, an area traditionally known for coal mining. Through her blog, videos on public access TV, local newspaper column and heirloom seed and saving, Pinson is doing her darnedest to give her little-known, misunderstood neck of the woods its proper culinary due on a national level. With the recent launch of a state-funded “Appalachia Proud” food label initiative, Pinson’s dreams may come true that much sooner.
WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: In the competitive, star-fucking world of food writing, Pinson is a relative nobody — but she doesn’t let that stop her. Pedigrees and celeb connections be damned; Pinson bulldozes her way to the table and demands (politely, ‘natch) a moment of your time so she can tell you a story about her paw paws, the pickled purslane she just put up, or why the ramp is a weed worth saving. She’s moxie incarnate.