After her first cookbook was published in 1994, people who grew up in the mountains wrote her, "happy to see the foods they made, the life they lived, celebrated. They wrote to me in the present tense," she notes. Folks from elsewhere, though, "congratulated me for recording a dying culture, a people from and fading into the past." Victuals rebels against that. Lundy isn't, as she says, "talking about a dying anything" when she writes about Appalachian foodways.