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Remembering Bill Neal: Favorite Recipes from a Life in Cooking Hardcover – October 4, 2004

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"An homage (with recipes) to the late Chapel Hill, North Carolina, chef who inspired a generation of talented cooks." -- Food & Wine, December 2004

The recipes are an evocative reflection of Bill Neal's personal taste. -- Saveur, November 2004

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Shows us how this gifted chef ignited America's interest in Southern regional flavors.--Chapel Hill Magazine

|Buy it.--Charleston.net

|Fifteen years after his death, it is more clear than ever that Bill Neal was one of America's most gifted, innovative, and important chefs. Today his followers are legion--I have eaten versions of his famous 'shrimp and grits' everyplace in this country, from California to New York to Arkansas. Our exciting Southern cuisine owes its current rejuvenation to Bill, especially to his Crook's Corner years. But let's hear it for Moreton Neal, too--a wonderful cook and a wonderful writer, she has put together an invaluable book of recipes for great food and a life well lived.--Lee Smith

|Moreton is probably the only one who could have resurrected [Bill Neal's] spattered and crumbling notes.--Raleigh News & Observer

|[Remembering Bill Neal] is more than a cookbook--it is a nostalgic love story that touches every sense. From Pimento Cheese and Crackers to Country Pate there is something for every occasion, tase and cooking with family and friends.--Southern Pines Pilot

|Bill Neal blazed the trail of combining our Southern ingredients and traditions with the sensibility of French cooking--from down-home deviled eggs to sweetbreads with Drambuie. Bill's favorite recipes from a 'life in cooking' mirrors the philosophy that inspires me and the food of Highlands Bar and Grill and countless other Southern chefs.--Frank Stitt, Chef/Owner, Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega, Chez Fonfon

|[Neal] writes engagingly about [Bill Neal's] early years and about the challenges and rewards of a culinary career. . . . A memoir and recipe compilation that complements Neal's own cookbooks.--Duke Magazine

|Neal approached the postlapsarian state of southern cooking as an anthropologist as much as a food writer.--Book Forum

|Moreton's book takes us on a journey of the beginnings of great food in the Triangle. . . . This cookbook is a bittersweet love story, filled with an emotional journey and tales of struggle and success. Add this book to your collection-read it and then splatter the pages cooking the recipes with a spirited love of food.--Raleigh News & Observer

|This charming delight of a book serves up a glimpse into the life of Bill and Moreton Neal along with a side of enthusiasm for exploring one's own creativity in the kitchen.--Macon Magazine

|Reflects the range, diversity and creativity that brought Bill Neal to prominence as an influential chef, writer, and restaurateur who helped introduce Southern regional fare to a national audience.--Chapel Hill News

|This book is part memoir, part cookbook, collecting many of Bill's favorite recipes (including the famous Shrimp and Grits).--Charlotte Magazine

|Moreton Neal has done us a huge service by sharing so many of Bill Neal's unpublished recipes and by dishing them up with such fond memories of their college years together, their travels at home and abroad, their restaurant days, and their family life. I absolutely love Remembering Bill Neal and heartily recommend it.--Jean Anderson, James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame

|My dear friend Bill would be delighted with this charming collection of recipes and reminiscences by his former wife Moreton. She's captured his love of words, food, and good times, as well as his down-to-earth nature and his everyman's approach to the classics--often shunned as old-fashioned by today's celebrity chefs. I'll start with a French 75 and deviled eggs, then have the chicken with okra, and the pineapple upside-down cake for dessert!--John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking and owner of the culinary website HoppinJohns.com

|An homage (with recipes) to the late Chapel Hill, North Carolina, chef who inspired a generation of talented cooks.--Food & Wine

|A bitter-sweet love story, filled with an emotional journey and tales of struggle and success. Add this book to your collection – read it and then splatter the pages cooking the recipes with a spirited love of food.--News & Observer

|Mr. Neal is making a posthumous comeback. . . . [His] ideas have percolated through the South, where almost every ambitious chef keeps copies of his books on a kitchen shelf. . . . [Neal] tirelessly pleaded the cause of his native region's culture. All of it interested him, high and low, new and old.--R.W. Apple Jr., The New York Times

|[The book] gives insight into Bill Neal's life through recipes and memories, in the words of someone who knew him throughout the period of his greatest culinary achievements.--Chapel Hill Herald

|The recipes are an evocative reflection of Bill Neal's personal taste.--Saveur

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st edition (October 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807829137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807829134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2006
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Bill Neal was and is the consensus visionary leader of the Southern cooking renaissance. This book by his ex-wife and business partner provides a unique vantage point to his development as a chef and food writer. The recipes contained therein are a motherlode of food ideas and formulas. Buy this one and celebrate food and the best of the American family that carries on even when divorce splinters its legal union. This is great food and family values all in one place. Precious reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momthegreat on December 7, 2012
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I have read about Bill Neal and heard about his style of cooking. I was prompted to buy the book after trying the Shrimp and Grits recipe that was on a bag of Crooked Creek grits that I had bought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMH on April 23, 2013
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Moreton Neal shares the best of her late husband , Bill Neal. Anecdotes, treasured recipes from La Residence, Crook's Corner and his home files make this a treasure for any cook!
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