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The New Southern Basics: Traditional Southern Food for Today Paperback – May 1, 2001
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This book belongs in the library of anyone who is interested in Southern cooking, or American regional cooking, or just good cooking period.
Damon Lee Fowler (author, Classical Southern Cooking).
I was looking for a cookbook that had the recipes that my Grandmothers, from Southern Illionis, would cook when I would visit every summer.
What you will find most amazing about this cookbook is that you will have many of the ingredients in your panty. (Even if it's not stocked with fancy foodstuff!)
My husband thinks the meatloaf recipe is simply the best and raves and raves about it! The cheese straws I made for a Thanksgiving were all devoured in one night! As did they love the pimento cheese. The beef stew is wonderful as is the pot roast, chicken and dumplings, chicken salad, and the maccaroni and cheese is great. I've made the beef stew. Oh my goodness, was it good! Oh and the recipe for Banana Nut Bread is the best I've ever made, per my neighbors, my doctor, his wife, and even my Mama. Forget about my kids, I make double and triple batches and it's gone within a few day! For a Christmas get together I made the fudge pie and bought peppermint ice cream.(I had been out all day and was so tired, it really is an easy dessert!) The men loved it even more than the kids!
If Mrs. Stamps ever reads these reviews: Please get another cookbook out with some "More Southern Basics".
When I use this cookbook I am always thinking about my Grandmothers. They loved their men and their children, grandchildren and great grand-children, and most of all they loved who they were - Women raising a family, being smart, yet furgal when it came to providing for those they loved. And so proud.
Can a cookbook evolve all this emotion?
Yes it can and it does.
That said, the maccaroni and cheese, greens with tomatoes, pumpkin bread, date nut cookies, white bread, cucumber sandwiches, and real french dressing were all successful and quite good.
This is a nice book to play with, but I wouldn't recommend cooking anything new for the first time when you're having company over. You also might want to cross-reference any recipes that catch your interest with recipes from other cookbooks or the internet just to be safe.
What I found not only by eating at her restaurant but by actually reading the cookbook is that her passion for cooking is clearly evident. While the recipes can stand on their own, what
makes this cook book so special are the details about Martha and her family that accompany the recipes. It is clearly evident that cooking is not just a vocation for her but a passion. These recipes aren't just thrown together, they have a history to them.
Even if you buy this book for just one recipe - it's worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I believe I have already written a review on this cookbook however will write another one. I received cookbook as a gift and I have used it many times. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Deborah C
After eating at Belle Meade and getting hooked on the cheese grits and fried chicken, I had to buy the cookbook. This one does not disappoint. Read morePublished on December 1, 2007 by Sasha
Great book for learning the basics of southern cooking. Recipes were easy to follow and delicious. Would definitely recommend.Published on August 23, 2007 by Collector of all things Cookinng