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Southern Plate Hardcover – September 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (September 30, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061991011
  • ASIN: B00676RB9O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)

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By H. Doe on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have followed Christy's blog for a long time. I found her site when I was searching for a recipe for sweet tea, which I'd never made. Her recipe was SO easy, and tastes incredible! That same day, I made her strawberry pie, which was as easy as, well, pie. Christy can't be topped. Her recipes are ideal for "regular" cooks like me, who are cooking for families on a budget, trying to satisfy picky eaters, and trying to make great food around time constraints.

Christy has a way of explaining things that make it SO easy to follow her recipes. I am a pretty good cook, and I enjoy trying new recipes with varying levels of difficulty. Some cookbooks just don't guide you through some of the more challenging steps or the directions are unclear, and I waste time standing there trying to interpret what they mean. But reading and preparing Christy's recipes is like having a good friend standing by you, guiding you through and cheering you on as you go.

I will also be getting a copy for my daughter, as she's just "out of the nest" and learning to cook on her own. Since I can't be there myself to help her cook, I'm going to send Christy's book as my "proxy", and that's the next best thing to being there!

Thank you, Christy, for helping me feed my family good food that they like easily, quickly, inexpensively, and with love!
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I'm a Northerner who relocated to the west coast. =) I enjoy Southern food and love the recipes in this cookbook because of their simplicity and great taste. I have always enjoyed cooking, but would sometimes not make a certain dish because the recipe called for too many ingredients as well as spices I'll hardly ever use again. I like to prepare good, wholesome food, that doesn't break-the-bank to prepare. That's exactly what I found in Southern Plate. Christy's stories are so heartwarming and full of love. When you're done reading about her family, you feel like you've known them all your life and can't wait to sit down and share a meal. I've ordered a few copies of this book and can't wait to give them to friends/family. I know this book with be a "go to" book for many years to come. Kudos to Christy for a job well done.
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Reading Christy Jordan's new book is just like sitting down and talking to a close friend or family member. The recipes are wonderful (very similar to what I grew up eating) but it's her stories that make this book come to life. She reminded me of how proud I am to be from the South. In the hustle and bustle of today: working, raising a child (& a husband!) it is SO easy to forget your past. And Christy is kind enough to remind us to slow down, take a breath, and appreciate what we have. I have never cried while reading a cookbook, but her story about her granddaddy is so similar to mine (and many others I am sure) that it just brought tears to my eyes. Oh, and did I mention the recipes are wonderful? If you are not southern (bless your heart!) now you can be! Just cook from this book! I have never met Christy, but I sure do feel like I have. And it's SO nice to have a new friend.
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You are looking for a cookbook appropriate for an elementary school home economics class. I seriously wanted to like this book, and I seriously wanted to have some great southern recipes, and I spend a few weeks reading through reviews and looking at various southern recipe cookbooks before settling on this one. This book happened to have a lot (!!) of five-star reviews, and to be honest I have absolutely no idea why. It seems more so a book to read about the author's tips on how to host gatherings, or stories about what her mother or grandmother used to feed her, or tiny stories here and there about the author's life in the south, all with random photos of her children or family or people in her life. Cute, yes, of course. But cookbook this is not.

To dedicate two pages to a fried chicken recipe that has 2 ingredients: chicken and saltine crackers - is beyond me. Really? That is the best southern fried chicken recipe? And even if not claiming the "best" - this is book worthy? Anyone who has even the most basic understanding of cooking knows this trick and knows there can be better ones. You could get a better recipe off of a Ritz cracker box. Even still - granted I am not from the South (hence, I was looking for a southern cookbook) - but I don't believe this recipe epitomizes, or comes close, to Southern fried chicken. The next page is for a sauce to serve with the chicken, which is pretty much just equal parts ketchup and mayo. Is this really what Southern comfort food cooking is all about? Sheesh -like I said, an elementary class would benefit.

What this book also reminds me of is the Sandra Lee / semi-homemade / not really cooking concept.
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I only recently discovered Southern cooking after making some delicious jambalaya, gumbo, and potlikker noodles (recipe I got from Bon Appetit magazine). So, I was on a quest to find a good 'Southern cooking' cookbook.

I borrowed this book from the library based purely on the number of good reviews on Amazon. 230+ five star reviews can't be wrong, right? Well, I guess the people reviewing it were looking for something completely different in a cookbook than I was...

75 percent of recipes in here use processed, prepackaged products and mixes (e.g. cornbread mix, muffin mix, can of mushroom soup, etc..). There's a lot of shortening and margarine being used. What's wrong with butter? Is that what you call classic Southern comfort food?

If you are a novice cook and/or like to use a lot of shortcuts in your cooking, then this book might be for you. If you're like me, and like to cook mostly from scratch, then it isn't...

The book went back to library the very next day.
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