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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Reissue edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385472706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385472708
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

It has been more than 15 years since the Darden sisters began compiling the oral histories of elderly family members, and together with cherished recipes they have put the sum total down on paper. Much more than a cookbook, it is a rich cultural legacy that reflects the authors' African American heritage and records the impressive accomplishments of relatives. Then, too, southern origins are reflected in recipes passed down among generations, including hearty seafood and fish dishes, classic barbecued pork, and delicacies such as fresh strawberry ice cream and fudge. Even Aunt Lil's recipe for violet face cream is included in this delightful m{‚}elange. Alice Joyce

From the Publisher

Spanning over a century of African-American life and culture, this classic oral history celebrates one remarkable family's heritage as told through photos, reminiscences, and recipes--now back in print after six years.

B & W photographs throughout


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I've bought many copies of this book for gifts.
JK
There are wonderful and delicious recipes, but my favorite parts in the book are the family stories behind the recipes.
Dianna Smith
The recipes were delicious and very easy to follow.
Wyndia V. Wortham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JK on June 15, 2000
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I've just ordered my third copy of this book, having worn out two little paperbacks. I bought my first copy many years ago and was captivated. This cookbook is a perfect blend of memories and recipies--one doesn't overpower the other. I've cooked most of the recipes in the book, and their cornbread recipe has become my standard for home and 'pot luck'. I've bought many copies of this book for gifts. Mine have been worn out from loaning to friends. A great achievement on the part of the writers. A book to keep.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I first came across the cookbook when I checked it out at my local library in Salinas, CA many years ago. It was the first cookbook that I had ever come across of it's kind. About three years ago I came across it again in an Afrocentric bookstore in Chicago and the memories I had of reading the family memories and testing the recipies came rushing back! I immediately bought one for myself this time. Since then, I have given it as gifts to several of my own family members and I am teaching my own children to make delicious food from the book. Now, I can proudly say that my sweet potatoe pie is to "live for" and is much requested by family & friends. Even more important than the recipies is the passing on of a rich family legacy and a perfect example of what a loving, supportive, strong family life is all about. "Spoonbread" relives the African American experience of yesteryear. One, which should not be forgotten.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine's mostly excellent recipes have delighted my family for more than fourteen years. Many of the recipes, such as the like-no-other macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, and pineapple upside-down cupcakes have become "my" standards. This book, along with a basic Betty Crocker cookbook, taught me how to cook. A must-have for anyone wanting to serve hot, nourishing meals that keep everyone coming home!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. L. ROBINSON on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am so tired of cooking something out of this book and then have people try and steal it! :-) Honestly I ran across "Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine" many years ago when it was a paperback bought several copies as X-MAS presents. It's X-MAS time again and I getting ready to order several more... I still have my original paperback torn and tattered from use but it's the ONLY one I'll use when it comes to soul food.... EVERY recipe I have used has been off the chain.... from mac and chesse to pig feet it is ALL GOOD! **** This book also reflects the pride and love of a family for not only food but also for one another... the autobiographical features on family members will make you reflect on your own family.... very touching.... "Spoonbread" is truly a labor of love for food and especially FAMILY!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
My book is old and literally falling apart because whenever I reach for it to get a recipe, I end up down nostalgia lane as I get lost (again) in the lives of this incredibly beautiful family. It is my very favorite cookbook, and I have a large collection of very good cookbooks. The recipes are true vintage soul food at its finest. It will help establish you as a cook who takes second place to NOBODY. You hear me?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I came across this book over 12 years ago while searching for a book on southern cooking. I was trying to duplicate a friend's recipe for Southern Fried Chicken (she would not divulge the ingredients in her granny's recipe to anyone)! When I saw this book with its wonderful recipes and family remembrances I knew this was it. The first recipe I tried was the fried chicken, ofcourse - and - it was even better than my friend's. What a lovely book. The family remembrances are so touching. My copy was lost several years ago and I hope that the publisher will re-issue the mass market paper back again.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
This 25th Anniversary Edition of SPOONBREAD AND STRAWBERRY WINE,
is much more than another cook-book of Southern cuisine. It is a tribute
to a one-of-a-kind family, told through soul-satisfying memories and
recipes; a classic collection of home cooking, remedies and reminiscences.
The inspiration for this book evolved from a family history project by
sisters Norma Jean and Carole in the late 1970s. After extensive travel
they had uncovered rare photographs and forgotten rituals of their
family's rich African American heritage, which they used to embellish the
recipes.
With warmth and animation the sisters introduce the pioneers who inspired
this book and their lives. Their grandfather, Papa Darden, a former slave
who sold his renowned strawberry wine for five cents a glass in his general
store. Aunt Lil, who made what she called tried-and-true homemade beauty
cream, and Aunt Maude, who could recall George Washington Carver's peanut
butter ice cream. SPOONBREAD AND STRAWBERRY WINE boasts of a rich family
history, herbal cures, health and beauty tips, but the centerpiece of
this special book is the feast of family recipes.
Norma Jean and Carole Darden have produced an event that is heartwarming,
fascinating and appetite-pleasing. I urge you to invest in a copy and share
a history that is as rich and succulent as the recipes that line the pages.
Reviewed by aNN
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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