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Butter Beans to Blackberries: Recipes from the Southern Garden Hardcover – May 11, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press; 1st edition (May 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865475474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865475472
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A captivating paean to dishes made with vegetables and fruits harvested from Kentucky to Florida, from Maryland to Texas, the latest by Lundy (Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken) is packed with more than 150 recipes and a string of colorful yarns that recall her three-year, 13-state effort to seek out Southern culinary customs. Yankees will encounter a roster of unfamiliar ingredientsAshoepeg corn, poke, calamondinAand Southerners will be reminded of food that has comforted generations of ancestors. Recipes are as homey as Hoppin' John and its lesser-known relative, Limpin' Susan Edisto, which counts okra among its components, and as interpretive as Middle Eastern Ratty-Too (the family favorite ratatouille) and New South Moussaka, made with broiled eggplant slices but without b?chamel sauce. Lundy asserts that Skillet Corn (creamed) is preferable to corn on the cob and explains how to "milk" the fresh cob to collect all the juice for that side dish; True Grits require old-fashioned, stone-ground white corn grits. Although bacon drippings are a feature in Real Cornbread and Fried Green Tomatoes with Cream Gravy, Lundy doesn't go overboard with fats. This warming fare will induce a homesickness for the SouthAeven in those who don't whistle "Dixie."
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Fried chicken and biscuits aside, the Kentucky-bred Lundy writes that what Southerners are really passionate about are their native fruits and vegetables, from butter beans and crowder peas to peaches, scuppernongs, and those blackberries. Most of these get their own chapter here. In addition to mouthwatering recipes from both home cooksincluding many of Lundys own family favoritesand chefs, there are dozens of boxes about, for example, the Lee Brothers, who will ship five-pound gunnysacks of boiled peanuts to homesick Southerners and others; colorful descriptions of farmers markets, festivals, and events like the St. George Rolling in the Grits Contest; and Road Notes about the people and places Lundy has visited on tasting trips throughout the South. The author of The Festive Table (LJ 9/15/95), Lundy writes well and enthusiastically, and her latest book is both thoroughly researched and delightful. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The recipes in "Butterbeans to Blackberries" are good enough to make bona-fide vegetable haters ask for a second helping, but this cookbook is so much more than a compilation of tasty recipes. Lundy is a Southerner who not only loves cooking and knows all those hidden secrets of Southern cooks, but she weaves the recipes around the unique people who make the South a special place. Her stories of the characters she runs into are every bit as delicious as the recipes. She's an authentic and fresh voice out of the South and her next move should be a novel of some of those characters (with a few new recipes thrown in for good measure!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book and a variety of recipes found in this book. The author added stories that were amusing and made you want to read this book from cover to cover. Having a husband that drives long distance truck, the resturant referrals were great and have proven to be accurate!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book of Ronni Lundy's that I read and it inspired me to find and buy all the rest of her books. If you have Southern roots or know anyone who has, the stories and recipes will be even more meaningful to you. The South produces some of the best vegetables in the country and Southerners of all races have been developing ways to best showcase them. Buy this book for the recipes but keep it for the stories too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a cookbook you read. Every word!
It has also reminded me that there are no meat-and-three cafes in all of California that I can find. And all the cornbread tastes like cake. Somebody is missing the boat here. You would make a good living if you opened this type of restarant. You could use this cookbook to get started!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Dukes on November 17, 2009
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Book was delivered in "new" condition in a speedy manner. I was really impressed with the price and the product.
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