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Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A complete illustrated guide to Southern cooking Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848735153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848735159
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This lavishly illustrated guide to all things culinary offers a colorfully compelling approach for initiating novice cooks into the delights of the American southern table. Assuming little prior experience, the volume starts off with a list of necessary equipment to get a kitchen operating: pots, pans, knives, tools, appliances, equipment, and even table settings. Each item is pictured and described briefly, with careful advice on how to choose the most appropriate and utilitarian model. An inventory of common ingredients illustrates most frequently encountered foods and their seasonings. Then come directions for basic cooking methods: steaming, braising, frying, grilling, and more. Armed with the proper implements and with the requisite techniques, the starting cook can move forward confidently into the book’s dozens of recipes. Although these recipes come out of the great fund of southern dishes, they comprise such a range of basics that any American may profit. --Mark Knoblauch

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"Home Cooking Basics illuminates fundamental culinary techniques in this unrivaled guide to classic Southern cooking."
Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appetit, Y'all!

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Photos and detailed instructions help guide the cook through the process.
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Another thing I love is that the recipes are easy to follow and offer substitutes if you don't have ingredients or have allergies.
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I'd highly recommend and feel that this cookbook would be a great gift for a new bride to a great home chef.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is intended for people with little or no cooking experience. I bought it for a friend of mine who loves Southern food, knows almost nothing about cooking, and says that he wants to learn how to cook. It is the perfect book for that type of person. The photos and information make cooking seem inviting and easy, rather than intimidating. The book is divided into three main sections covering basic background information, methods, and recipes.

Approximately the first hundred pages provide basic information on kitchen equipment, ingredients, and prep work. These sections include attractive yet informative photographs. The accompanying descriptions are clear, organized, and easy to understand. The chapter on kitchen equipment covers specific types of cookware, bakeware, knives, tools, electrical appliances, barware, and table settings. It includes a picture of each item, a description of what it is used for, and what to look for when buying one. The chapter on ingredients follows a similar format. Again, each item has a picture and a description of how it is typically used in cooking. Information is included on spices, sugars, salts, vinegars, fats/oils, grains, nuts/seeds, cheeses, beans, vegetables, fresh herbs, fruits, meats/fish, and wines. It is very thorough and covers just about every ingredient that would be encountered in Southern cooking. For example, the cheeses are divided into categories (fresh, blue, soft, melting, grilling, and grating), and a total of 39 types of cheese are pictured and described. The chapter on prep work includes definitions of common terms (chop, dice, julienne, etc.) and goes on to provide specific instructions (with photos) for common tasks. For example, how to peel and core and apple, cut up a chicken, separate eggs, and blanch vegetables.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BenniBoop on January 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up in the 'new book' section of the library as I often just read cookbooks (as well as home cook and bake most of what we eat). And I especially enjoy regional or ethnic cuisine as the topic.

What a disappointment.

The recipes are circa mid-nineteenth century using cans of this and tubes of that. For instance the Brunswick Stew uses 2 cans of lima beans and more frozen lima beans with canned cream-style corn and a quarter cup of sugar to make it even sweeter. What a waste of a perfectly good whole chicken!

The green bean casserole is 'updated' using bottled Alfredo sauce instead of the cream of mushroom soup that my mother did in 1955 - but it is still a terrible casserole.

I have traveled in North Carolina, Florida and other parts of the south and have often experienced excellent creative food in the southern tradition. There is none of it in this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Shannon on November 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love cookbooks so I own a lot of them. I love this new cookbook! Even as a seasoned cook I found the Southern recipes I've tried so far excellent. I always appreciate a reference point for the basics and can build on it from there. It's good to get back to the basics. I'd highly recommend and feel that this cookbook would be a great gift for a new bride to a great home chef. I would definitely buy this cookbook as a gift but it's a get addition to any cook's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Nolen on June 10, 2013
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The pages are designed for text to overlay pictures. Because of the poor formatting of the kindle version, many passages of text are difficult or impossible to read. The pictures, which are designed to be full-page, display at about 2 inches square, which makes the text in them difficult to read and the illustrations much less helpful,
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NHzTime on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Unfair Rating! Unfortunately, the other reviews are not related to the cookbook, but about the reader/viewer the person is using to access the book. I just saw this book used on a show where they made several of the recipes in this cookbook to help us prepare side dishes for Thanksgiving. They looked absolutely delicious. Can't wait to get my own book. Thanks oodles!
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I bought two copies. One for my daughter and the other for my daughter-in-law. They give basic how to instructions and great recipes. I even bought an e-copy for myself so I can learn some new things to try.
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By magicneko on March 4, 2014
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Not they type of recipes I was thinking of but everything else is great. I do love the recipes that came with it.
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By Pam Hartley on January 17, 2014
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I loved the illustrations. I am In my late sixties and I have been cooking for years, but, you can always learn new tips. I love cookbooks and this is a favorite.
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