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Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook Hardcover – April 29, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307351408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307351401
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The warm, languid air of the South filters through this engaging book, in which Foose shares the traditional recipes that she ate while growing up on the Mississippi Delta and has returned to after training as a pastry chef in France and traveling the world. Gently humorous stories about family and friends form a seamless part of her instructions for community recipes like Strawberry Missionary Society Salad, as well as pleasant surprises like Tabbouleh, Curried Sweet Potato Soup, and Chinese Grocery Roast Pork that take Southern food beyond stereotypes. Fried chicken and grits do appear, but for such classics Foose emphasizes relatively simple, wholesome preparations that are rich without loading on more butter and oil than necessary. Although recipes for Gumbo Z'Herbs, Chile Lime Skirt Steak, and creamy succotash are mouthwatering enough just to read about, many cooks will be tempted to flip straight to the last chapters, where her enticing breads and pastries provide the book with a winning flourish. The cook may be Southern, but the appeal of the dishes she presents should reach well beyond people who grew up in the land of four-hour lunches and sweet tea savored on a porch swing. (Apr.)
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"This is one cookbook I would proudly have in my kitchen! It has great information and wonderful recipes!"
Paula Deen, Food Network host and bestselling cookbook author

“Martha can truly cook. Some familiar but never predictable recipes–pimiento cheese, gumbo, cornbread–besides being too good to leave out, are joined in this sterling cookbook with many others less commonly seen but no less superlative, all unmistakably Southern, like Delta hot tamales, for example, or West Indies salad (from Mobile, circa 1940s), salmon croquettes, biscuits with tomato gravy, and black bottom pie. Her book is one to be cherished, shared, and consumed.
—John Egerton, author of Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History

“If you’ve got a rocker on the front porch, get into it; if not, settle into your favorite chair. In either case, fix yourself a long drink and give yourself the pleasure of spending a little time with Martha Foose on her Mississippi farm before you head into the kitchen. Martha is that delightful combination of charming storyteller and darn good cook and in this book you get generous servings of each–both are delicious.”
Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking From My Home to Yours

“Martha Foose's Screen Doors and Sweet Tea is a treasure-chest of superb recipes like Green Chile Rice, Lady Pea Salad, and Sweet Tea Pie. And her stories of growing up in Mississippi have the unmistakably Southern cadence of tales swapped across the dinner table. The book has given us a new appreciation for the genius of Delta cuisine, and even better, it has us yearning to cook, gather friends, and tell stories.”
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

“This book takes me back to the things I loved about my childhood in the rural south. I can’t wait to get copies for my mother and aunts. I love it.”
—John Besh, chef-owner of Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lüke, and La Provence

“This is it. The real thing. Honest eats. And diverting tales. From Martha Foose's Mississippi Delta, that queer and otherworldly land of catfish and cotton.”
—John T. Edge, author of Fried Chicken: An American Story

Customer Reviews

Beautiful pictures, great stories, delicious recipes!
Scarlett O'Hara
Anyone who loves cooking , the south, and southern hospitality should surely enjoy this book!
Linda K. Hancock
Loved the book and the warm stories reminiscent of a wonderful past by the author.
M. Stilwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Cindy N. Sturdivant on June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I actually bought this book to support Martha and the local bookstore in my hometown of Greenwood, Ms. Thinking it was just another cookbook to add to my collection...Wow, What great stories and the recipes are awesome..I had been looking for a good egg and olive sandwich and pimiento and cheese,
No more, found it in this delicious cookbook..Can't wait to try other recipes. This book has inspired me to get back to cooking...I suggest that anyone that wants a cookbook, you can actually use and enjoy....Don't miss this one!!!!....5 thumbs up..

Thank you Martha.
Cindy Sturdivant
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Yolande van Heerden on May 5, 2008
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I was determined to make a red velvet cake the other day and thought, What Would Martha Do? As in Martha Foose, not what you're thinking....Well, lo and behold, I dare you to try out her Red Velvet Cake recipe, nothing like you have ever tried before, and leave all that food coloring back at the store. Her recipe rocks and I learned alot.

Before I got started on this Red Velvet Cake venture, I mixed up a Mailbox Cocktail. Mmmm, that's all I can say and that's all there is to say: Mmmmm. My new favorite drink.

And then I read the story of Young Steve and the long wait by the mailboxes for the Regulation-Size B.B. Gun Pistol to arrive; and I was there along with ya'll on Pluto. For I know so well, those advertisements in the back of the comic book pages, the ones I grew up on in the seventies when we had no TV in South Africa, the ones that bragged about the possibility of sea monkeys, X-Ray glasses, T.V. watches, daisy guns and pup tents; those ads that were the epitome of American Spendour to me and now to Young Steve.

Thanks, your story in a blink took me back there to that time of sweet dreams and the possible, what fun. I think I will mix another Mailbox Cocktail and try out some more Pick-Up Party Food.

I TOTALLY recommend this book for anyone ready to live with the South in their heart and kitchen.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Arkansas gal on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am not one to write reviews on books, but after purchasing, reading, and cooking some of the recipes in this book, I had to put in my two cents worth. This is one of the best- if not the best cookbook on Southern cooking I have read in a long time. I am an avid cookbook collector, and the owner of a cafe in Arkansas. Not only are the recipes fantastic, but the stories and pictures make it all the more enjoyable. If you cook one thing out of this book, you must try the Lemon Icebox Pie. This is one of the best pie recipes I have made. I can't wait to try the banana pudding in the mason jars. If I could, I would give this cookbook 10 stars!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Peacock on September 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a native Mississippian, I can attest that this is one of the most authentic and beautifully written/photographed Southern cookbooks to hit shelves in years. I so appreciate all the effort that went into it so that, selfishly, it could become part of my "go-to" collection of the very best recipes out there. The beauty and simplicity of the recipes remind me very much of the Scott Peacock/Edna Lewis classic, "The Gift of Southern Cooking." This book, and chef, is also truly gifted. BUY THIS BOOK and you'll be delighted. Now....on to those tamales....and greens....and grits.....and fine stories to match.....
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Semicolon on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I want to say up front that I don't like cooking. It ranks right up there with ironing clothes as a task to put off at all costs. HOWEVER, there is something about this book that makes me want to get in the kitchen and get re-aquainted with my measuring spoons and spice rack.

If the beautiful photographs don't get you goin' then the great stories that accompany each recipe surely will. I was so inspired by "Aunt Marynaise" that I went out and bought a food processor just so I could make homemade mayo. (My mom-in-law would be soooooo proud!)

You won't be sorry you purchased this book!

Martha, my spice rack and measuring spoons thank you, and so do I!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. Fischer on June 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow- I collect & use many cookbooks, but this one in particual almost reads like a best selling novel. Along with some of the best southern inspired recipes as a main course, the reader gets treated to a side dish of recipe history and a dessert of wonderfully helpful notes! Some of my personal favorites include the Chicken Thighs & Dumplings--little pillow dumplings adrift in the richest of stews, honest devil-ed eggs, watermelon salsa (just incredible!) and the best ever, natural Red Velvet cake. Wash it all down with a McCarty Pottery Julep or a Mailbox cocktail! Well Martha, very, very well done!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert St. John on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I buy, and recieve, hundreds of cookbooks each year. This might be the best cookbook I purchased this year. My publisher says that if someone cooks six recipes out of a cookbook, it is a major success. The first time I thumbed through Foose's book, there were several dozen recipes I wanted to prepare.

Foose got her start at the La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles, and moved on to several bakeries in Mississippi. However, where Foose shines in this, her first publishing effort, is on the savory courses that take place well before dessert-- Inside Out Sweet Potatoes, Lady Pea Salad, and Chicken Thighs and Dumplings to list just a few.

From the banana pudding she cooked for Oprah (in individual Mason jars) to Catfish in a Paper Sack, the book is filled with recipes new, true, and Southern
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