Jim Auchmutey spent almost 30 years as a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in stories about the South and its history and culture. He was twice named the Cox Newspapers chain's Writer of the Year and was honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, the Associated Press and the Sigma Delta Chi journalism society.

Jim has also written extensively about food. He has co-authored two cookbooks, is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, and has won awards for his food writing from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists. His next book is a history of barbecue, which he considers a great American art form.

A native Georgian, Jim began his career as an editor for the Presbyterian Church's denominational magazine. It was there that he learned about Koinonia, the Christian community in southwest Georgia where Habitat for Humanity was born, which became the setting for his first nonfiction narrative book, The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness. Jim lives in Atlanta with his wife, Pam, an editor at Emory University.

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