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Product Details

  • Series: Chapel Hill Books
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (May 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807854743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807854747
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Neal] was considered one of the nation's most talented young chefs. This book insures his influence on today's [cooks]." -- Cookbook Digest, November-December 2003

An authoritative journey through the baking and related confectionery cooking of the South. -- New York Times Book Review

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"Bill Neal is a genius at the stove."--Craig Claiborne

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have a several thousand cookbook collection - spanning some 40+ years. I have read each one and KNOW them. This book grabs your attention and holds it. I have a Top 100 Cookbooks (my very, very favorite ones) bookcase. A book has to pass rigid cooking/baking tests to get there. This book is there!!
Note: I have had FUN doing this all these years.
The recipe for "A Good White Bread" is about as tasty as white bread can ever be. (Hint: Make 1 BIG loaf with it) The "Pain de Babeurre" rolls are probably the best we have ever had. They raise big, fat, and are very soft inside. Where do I stop?
Get the book - trust me, you won't be sorry!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Bill Neal was one of the first cookbook authors I am aware of to incorporate culinary history, as well as cultural lore and perfectly chosen old photos into his "how-we-cook-it-in-the-South book." Thus, in BISCUITS, et al. he offers a compendium of history and culture truly representative of the Southern U. S., not merely a cliched pastiche of collarded, chitterlinged, cornbreaded and mint-juleped facts and details to pad out the receipes. Native American is distinguished from Colonial cookery, African-American from Appalachian, and Creole from Charleston as the author takes pains to convey, for example, why cooks in different regions of the South tossed different ingredients in with the cornmeal to produce their distinctive cornbreads--then he reproduces each of the recipes! At the same time Neal weaves the various influences together where appropriate; for example, from the introduction to Sweet Potato Yeast Bread: "This Mississippi bread has just about everything going for it . . . delicious and nutritious. . . Similar recipes are published in local cookbooks throughout the Southern coastal regions, wherever blacks live in large numbers. The bread is most likely of African and West Indian heritage [which use other] starchy tubers such as cassava, tanyah (elephant's ear), yams, and arrowroot." Reading this book is a pleasure unto itself, and all the recipes I have tried are outstanding. Specifically, the Appalachian Corn Bread cooked up as small fritters on a cast-iron griddle was food for the gods! (Hint: I snuck in one secret ingredient.) Bill Neal, if you read this review, e-mail me at mammamia8@aol.com so that I can tell you the secret ingredient (and ask you to marry me). P.S. Also, have you published other books since '95? Next on my list to read: Through the Garden Gate and Gardeners Latin. Signed, Mirabila X.(Oh, don't forget to give me the password, being my last name, so I'll know it is really you!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexanderplatz on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Bakers who have exhausted BILL NEAL'S SOUTHERN COOKING will find a mother lode of Southern baking recipes in BISCUITS, SPOONBREAD, and SWEET POTATO PIE. I agree with another reviewer who praises the recipe for "A Good White Loaf." It's one of the recipes I return to when I absolutely want to be sure that the bread is going to come out perfectly (Thanksgiving, e.g.).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful old timey recipes. I will have this book on hand all the time. An amazing step b ack in time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RMH on April 23, 2013
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Every cook who wants to know how to make biscuits the right way needs this book! Bill Neal was the master of Southern kitchen "know-how"! Great recipes,....I love this book!
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