Reviews

“Stan Woodward’s It's GRITS! is a passionate and amusing testimonial to that hardy staple of Southern cuisine often pronounced ‘gree-its’. In a tour of the country, Mr. Woodward finds many, for the most part Southerners, who believe there’s ‘nothing better than good ol’ grits,’ and a benighted few, generally Northerners, who have never heard of the specialty. 

Along the way, there are grits served with ham and eggs, grits with possum or racoon, grits with peanut butter. One man unveils a frozen ‘gritsicle’ containing peanuts. There are even kosher grits, served in a South Carolina restaurant that observes Jewish dietary laws ‘even though it has a Mexican motif.’ Up North, a friendly man on the street turns out to be Craig Claiborne of The New York Times. Allowing that ‘it’s about time some of these Yankees woke up to the good things in life,’ the former resident of Sunflower Mississippi whips up a grits souffle enlivened with some cheddar cheese. Served with white wine, the humble grits achieves unexpected elegance. Mr. Woodward’s film, with music by Nat Irvin, Jr., serves its subject well.”
- John J. O’Connor, The New York Times


“[It's GRITS] is an engaging, sometimes hilarious celebration of one of America’s most interesting and singular (or is it plural?) foods. This is a film to be taken seriously by anyone who cares about America’s culinary heritage.”
- Craig Claiborne, Food Editor, The New York Times


"I believe Stan Woodward is the greatest filmmaker in the American South." 
- Dr. William Ferris 
Center for the Study of the American South
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill