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Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories (Southern Living) Hardcover – October 2, 2012

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"Rebecca Lang is continuing to define Southern food for a generation. Around the Southern Table is a great addition to the shelf of cookbooks you actually use. It's a table replete with local goodness and smart, current sustenance, set with great recipes and marked with sage asides."

Hugh Acheson
James Beard Award-winning author of A New Turn in the South

"Well, I'd pull up a chair to Rebecca Lang's table and stay there all day if she'd let me. She sets forth vibrant concepts with easy-to-follow recipes. Hats off."

Martha Hall Foose, James Beard Award-winning author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course

"Around the Southern Table brings heirloom furniture, comfort food and family together. With this sincere cookbook, Rebecca Lang graciously welcomes you to sit down at her delicious Southern table."

Chef John Besh, Acclaimed New Orleans chef and author of My Family Table

"Around the Southern Table is the treat of treats, a collection of classic Southern recipes given the most imaginative spins. The food photographs are so luscious, you'll want to fork them right off the page."

Jean Anderson
Author of A Love Affair with Southern Cooking and From a Southern Oven: The Savories, The Sweets

About the Author

Rebecca Lang is a professionally trained chef, a lifelong Southerner, a food writer and blogger, the author of three cookbooks, a contributing editor for Southern Living and and a Southern cooking expert featured weekly on the nationally syndicated TV show Daytime, which airs in 85 million households.

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Product Details

  • Series: Southern Living
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848736532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848736538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rebecca Lang is the author of Around the Southern Table (Oxmoor House, 2012), Quick-Fix Southern (Andrews McMeel, March 2011), Southern Entertaining for a New Generation (Cumberland House 2004) and Mary Mac's Tea Room (Looking Glass Books 2005). She is a Contributing Editor for Southern Living and has been featured in over 50 cooking segments on the nationally syndicated show Daytime. She is a Contributing Editor for and is the author of the popular column, "Girls' Night In," on the site.
Her food writing has appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Disney's Family Fun magazine, Flavors Magazine, Edible Atlanta, Legacy Magazine, and Athens Magazine. She has also written for several other newspapers throughout the South, including the Fernandina Beach News Leader and the Athens Banner-Herald. Her blog has been featured on the James Beard Foundation's blog as well as the Food News Journal.
Rebecca has worked on the editorial aspect of over 30 books. She began her editorial career as an assistant food editor for Oxmoor House. She also worked as a freelance project manager and text designer for Looking Glass Books.
Having taught hundreds of classes, Rebecca is an accomplished cooking instructor. She teaches at various locations in Atlanta and also travels the country teaching classes to groups as large as 1,200 students.
In addition to her work with Southern Living, Rebecca's television appearances include Home Plate and many local and regional appearances including Good Day Atlanta, Better Mornings Atlanta and Fox 42 in Omaha, Nebraska. She also appeared numerous times on the nationally televised show Every Day with Marcus and Lisa. Rebecca has been a guest on Martha Stewart's Everyday Food on Sirius and XM Radio. She has been quoted in Glamour magazine and the London Evening Standard.
Rebecca has been a food stylist and hand model for various print and television commercials. She has worked with Black & Decker, Krystal, LongHorn Steakhouse, Mrs. Smith's, Shoney's, and Good Eats.
Rebecca was an assistant food stylist for Home Plate Cooking and was the editor and indexer for Atlanta Cooks at Home. She has also developed recipes for Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2004 and the next book in the series in 2005. Her recipes are included in Christmas with Southern Living 2004 and 2009.
Rebecca is a former apprentice of Nathalie Dupree and a graduate of The University of Georgia. She earned a culinary arts degree from Johnson and Wales University. She has served on the board for the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and is a member of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, The Southern Foodways Alliance, the James Beard Foundation, and Georgia Organics.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. De Young VINE VOICE on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well I am SOOOOOOO Happy to be the first to review this beautiful book! Past the wonderful recipes, the beautiful
photographs,the wonderful asides, and energy of this book, I am delighted it is written by a young Southern Mother
whose Grandmother Tom, was the inspiration for her pursuing cooking in the Southern Style. I fear we are losing the
fabric of home and family dinner every night with all the hustle and bustle of Mom working outside the home. This can be
the GO TO book for young working Moms to use to learn to or to refresh with when they cook. We need to hang onto recipes
from Grandmas like Tom...and set a proper table, value vintage linens and dishes, and create charm and a warm setting for
memory making family times around the table. This book will feed your stomach and your soul with it's charm, recipes, and
the visuals that encourage you to try to give your family an experience at mealtime. Congratulations Rebecca and thank you
to Southern Living for giving her the opportunity to teach her generation that Charm is not forgotten or a thing of the past.
This is Southern Cooking at it's finest from Pimento Cheese through to mouthwatering desserts like Chocolate Bourbon Pecan
Pie. I have died and gone to heaven!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By smarsh on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredible book! From the very first page you are invited to share the warmth that is Southern hospitality with native southerner, food writer, and cooking instructor Rebecca Lang. I can honestly say I could sit down and read this cookbook cover to cover and be in absolute bliss. Rebecca's recipes are absolutely mouthwatering...I can't wait to try the over-the-top egg sandwiches, Georgia shrimp bisque, and sweet potato chips with gorgonzola sauce...yum! A novice at Southern cooking,I was thrilled to see that the book includes recipes for classics like herbed buttermilk biscuits and homemade grits. In addition to all the delicious recipes, Lang offers up memories of her childhood and additional snippets about life in the Southern kitchen. I would highly recommend this book for food lovers of any kind!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grandma TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As you may know, I collect cookbooks. I have more than 600 in hard copy alone, thousands more in Kindle versions. And since I read my Kindle cookbooks on an iPad, things like full color or lots of pictures are not an issue for me as they are for many Kindle users. Lately, I've found myself adding to my collection in two specific areas - cookbooks from the UK and cookbooks that feature Southern food - so I thought that I had really hit the jackpot when I bought the Kindle version of Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories a couple of days ago. The book is full of vibrant color photos. There is an illustration for every recipe, with a link to each dish right in the photo. There is indeed an index, though you may have to page left towards the cover rather than right into the body of the book to access it. The recipes sound downright scrumptious. However, Southern Living Around the Southern Table: Coming home to comforting meals and treasured memories seems to have had a tragic accident, one that has critically disabled it!

For some reason that I simply cannot fathom, the publisher (Southern Living) has chosen to disable all of the user friendly functions that are true necessities for making Kindle cookbooks work!

There is NO SEARCH. If you want a list of all the recipes that contain sweet potatoes you are going to have to go through the book by hand and write them down on PAPER!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Victoria on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The stories contained in Rebecca Lang's "around the southern table" are heartwarming, nostalgic, and sweet. Being a northwestern girl married to a southern man for 25 years, I was drawn to the book hoping to find some recipes that I could make like "Granny" used to. Unfortunately, this book is not that type of cook book. While it does contain some really nice recipes that I may be adventurous enough to try some day, it falls short in what I was looking for. The recipes are not for novice cooks, or ones with little confidence in the kitchen.

I had my husband look through the book, and he said there were a few things in it that he recognized. It is not, however, a realistic view of everyday southern cooking.

If you are looking for a book with beautiful pictures of food, and some nice stories thrown in, than this is the book for you. If you want an actual southern cookbook, keep looking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Prescott Lee on October 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I met Rebecca Lang at the Taste of Charleston event in September, 2012. Rebecca has taken every traditional Southern recipe and added her own special flair. She has given precise and easily to follow instructions for each recipe, as well as added her own personal comments to every recipe. My favorite recipe is the Divine Pimiento Cheese! I have never really liked Pimiento Cheese, but my husband loves it so I always try to make it for him. Rebecca added one little ingredient that I had never used. Grated onion! The onion makes all the difference! I can now say that Pimiento Cheese is a favorite of mine because of Rebecca Lang! Thank you, Rebecca, for writing such a beautiful, informative and useful cookbook. I have been cooking for 40 years and you have taught me a lot. I also admire the love of family and tradition that Rebecca has shared in this book.
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