Every good Southerner has a love affair with okra that the rest of the country can’t quite understand. Why? Because most people don’t know how to cook it. You, on the other hand, have a handful of slime-busting tricks up your sleeve (from selecting small pods to cooking over high heat). You know that it’s the king of the vegetable kingdom—especially when it’s fried. Here, 35 finger-licking ways to prepare it.