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Who was Julia Reed? Somebody Feed Phil pays tribute in Mississippi episode

Season 4 of Somebody Feed Phil sees a tribute paid to his friend Julia Reed. Let’s take a look at who she was and the times she and Phil shared together.

Somebody Feed Phil first kicked off in 2018 on Netflix. The show sees comedian and actor Phil Rosenthal trying out tonnes of food all over the world.

Each episode Phil travels to a different location and season 4 saw him head to the Southern state of Mississippi to get fed. Cornbread, shrimp and grits, lobster, alligator and barbecue sauce were just some of the things on the menu!

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Julia Reed: Somebody Feed Phil

Somebody Feed Phil season 4, episode 4 saw Phil doing the usual – chowing down on a whole lot of great-tasting food.

But, the episode ended slightly different than those that have come before. A tribute was paid to his friend Julia Evans Reed.

For anyone who watched the New Orleans episode of SFP in season 1, you’ll have seen Julia before. Phil describes her as a “society lady, author and ambassador for the south“.

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Together, Phil and Julia ate hot tamales in season 4. But between filming the episode and the series launching on Netflix in 2020, Julia sadly passed away at 59 years old.

Screenshot: Tribute to Julia Reed Somebody Feed Phil – Netflix

Who was Julia Reed?

Julia Reed was born in 1960 in Mississippi but went to boarding school in Virginia.

She had a successful career as a writer and editor. Julia wrote her first article for Newsweek magazine at the age of 19 in 1980 which covered how her headmistress had shot a doctor.

Following her role as columnist and editor at Newsweek, Julia went onto to write for Vogue as a features editor. She later moved onto Garden & Gun in 2008. She continued to work there until her passing in 2020.

As reported by Jon Meacham in Garden & Gun, Julia was always known for representing her home state. In 2019 she was named Cultural Ambassador: “…sharing Southern traditions, culture and recipes through her popular columns and books….Reed is also an instrumental organizer of the Delta Hot Tamale Festival.

Screenshot: Tribute to Julia Reed Somebody Feed Phil – Netflix

Phil Rosenthal and Julia Evans Reed

As Julia Evans Reed was a food writer based in the south, it’s clear to see that she and Phil would have something in common – a love for southern food.

Julia was clearly a much-loved member of the community with Garden & Gun publishing a tribute to her following her death on August 28th, 2020. Sadly, she passed away from cancer.

During her life, Julia wrote many books including ‘Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties‘, ‘Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long‘ and ‘Julia Reed’s New Orleans: Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll‘.

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