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The Cornbread Gospels Paperback – November 22, 2007
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Let's get the negatives out of the way first:
1. There are no pictures of the finished dishes. I REALLY like pictures.
****EDIT 1/3/2010**** In fairness to Ms Dragonwagon I would like to point out that she added pictures of some of the finished recipes here on the Amazon book page. They are really good photos and will give you an idea of how some of the recipes will look after they are prepared. I'm still cooking up a storm from this book and I'm sure you will too if you decide to try it. Enjoy!****
2. With the exception of the cover, the entire book is black, white, and a kind of pumpkin/orangie color. Not very exciting visually.
3. It is my opinion that much too much emphasis was given to the differences between cornbread as made in the South and cornbread as made in the North. Why go to so much trouble? Just put in the recipes and let me decide if I want to try them.
4. After a while (by about page 100) I really wasn't paying very much attention to the huge amount of information regarding cornmeal and history. Too, too much information.
Now for the positives:
1. It is very obvious that this book was a labor of love for this author. She knows her cornmeal from top to bottom. She even states in the book that this project was six years in the making and I can certainly believe it.
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This is not just a cookbook. It's stories wound around history, looped with facts and hints and tied together with recipes that will join your repertoire and never, ever leave. It's not just cornbread recipes, either! It's muffins and pones and pancakes and go-withs like greens and soups.
I, like so many people that Crescent Dragonwagon met in her travels, grew up with cornbread and have a deep affection for it; not just because I love it, but because of the memories it brings with it each time it's pulled hot from the oven. When I told my mom about this book, the first thing out of her mouth was, "Grandma made cornbread every day of her life." I didn't know that! I knew grandma made it, of course, but I didn't know it was a daily thing for her. I asked mom if grandma had a recipe or if she (and I looked around and lowered my voice at this) made it from a box. Thankfully, mom said grandma always used a recipe, "...yellow cornmeal-always, a little flour, some sugar..." Just as I'd suspected.
At any rate, when I read about the history of cornbread and how it at one time was thought by some to be "poor people food", or that others were looked down upon for eating it, it nearly broke my heart. Cornbread is beautiful to me, and to think that anyone would think different was just not right. I kept reading, not able to stop, and found that thoughts turned around eventually. I didn't know there was so much to know about cornbread.
I couldn't wait to get started on making some of those recipes, so I chose 3 and got started.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am doing lots of cornbread after buying this book early one morning when I couldn't sleep. The thought of cooking for family and friends and great descriptions put my mind to... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Manning Phillips
Great book and a perfect gift for friends who love food and love to cookPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have always eaten cornbread. But the variations of the recipes here are great! Got another book for a married daughter for Christmas.Love the stories and background info. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KHWA
Crescent Dragonwagon's recipe for skillet sizzled buttermilk cornbread is the best ever. I have her "Soup and Bread" cookbook also, and I have found her recipes to be... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wanderlugs
Lots of yummy sounding recipes, just what I was looking for. Every cornbread fan should check this book out!Published 10 months ago by Steph
Fabulous Recipes! There are recipes in this book for every type of cornbread imaginable. My husband loves cornbread and her recipes I have tried are all home runs! Read morePublished 12 months ago by SP
This is a book that makes all other cornbread books look pathetic.
This is a book that includes history about so many recipes, great pictures, well thought out recipes. Read more
This is such a fun book! I really like the illustrations and the recipes are just delicious. Crescent's histories of each recipe are a delight. Read morePublished 12 months ago by helen henry