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In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 5:37:55 PM PDT
These are supurb choices! Thank you for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2009 1:27:08 PM PDT
Jody says:
I want to second Texas Teas recommendation of James Villas' book From My Mother's Southern Kitchen. It has bang-on perfect recipes for so many traditional Southern dishes I remember from my childhood, from fancy to comfort AND the dishes come out perfect every single time. I use it all the time.

Posted on May 14, 2009 4:05:44 PM PDT
Pen Name says:
Bill Neal's "'Southern Cooking" is a classic. Sorry, no pictures, just historically accurate classics like cornbread, bbq sauce, buttermilk pie, etc/

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2009 4:40:29 PM PDT
I've tried a few of his recipies and I have to agree they're great. I figure if they show pictures, I can't goof it up! Thanks for your reply.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 7:05:47 AM PDT
Sarita says:
Sorry I'm late to the table! Vegan Soul Food cooking anyone? Here's a review of a good one -- Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Food Kitchen:

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090909/FOOD/309099993/-1/XML21

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 3:31:59 PM PDT
Kathy W says:
Paula Deen & Friends cook book is good. Every recipe isn't traditional southern cooking, but most are. Deen provides some time and effort saving steps to recipes that, at the end of day, taste authentic. There are plenty of pictures, too. I hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 2:34:46 AM PDT
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L. Immler says:
In addition to the cookbooks already mentioned, I'd also like to include "Heritage of Southern Cooking: An Inspired Tour of Southern Cuisine Including Regional Specialties, Heirloom Favorites, and Original Dishes by Camille Glenn from Workman Publisher, but avoid the 2003 or later editions, because they are severely abridged. I highly recommend you get the 1986 edition; this is the date it was first published. She is a true historian of the south and of traditional southern recipes. The older edition contains roughly 550 recipes from all over the South. You won't be disappointed. You can find copies of the older editions from ebay, abe books and other used bookstores.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2009 11:28:57 AM PDT
I have to weigh on on the Lee Bros. cookbook. I have quite a few Southern cookbooks and a big collection of recipes, but Lee Bros. is the one I find myself returning to time and again. All good wishes,

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 6:24:05 PM PDT
Janet01 says:
for a southern twist on italian, highly recommend frank stitt's "bottega favorita, a southern chef's love affair with italian food". beautiful photographs, lovely stories, and delectably easy recipes using fresh, local, everyday ingredients, dishes even my children adore. great thread, mangia y'all!

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 6:29:55 PM PDT
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"Talk About Good II" by the Ladies Auxiliary of Lafayette

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2009 9:38:56 AM PDT
Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis...hands down..the best. The Fried Chicken is divine as is the BLT salad. Gorgeous photos and the story of this unlikely friendship makes this the winner.

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Posted on Oct 2, 2009 9:47:59 AM PDT
biblio says:
I own many of the books mentioned and have read almost of them. I love all the comments but have to say right now my hands down favorite is The Cracker Kitchen by Janis Owens. Some of the recipes are straight out of my Cracker childhood, a few are new to me (I wouldn't know where to Even thoughput my hand on a "Cooter" but I would be willing to try!), and the Cold Coconut Cake is worth the price of the book.
I tried several recipes from Bon Appitet, Y'all and found the recipes useless; I liked Screen Doors and Sweet Tea but wouldn't call it a keeper. I do use White Trash Gatherings I and II once in a while and have bought it for many friends (had to-they kept borrowing it). Try the Chubby Hubby Meatloaf, I try to keep a container of the sauce in the refrigerator. Another great find is Sweets, Soul Food & Memories by Patty Pinner, a collection of recipes from Southern cooks transplanted to Flint , Michigan. Although this discussion is about Best Southern Cookbooks and my favorite, I do keep one cookbook handy for a few of the recipes (Sweet & Sour Baked Beans): Amish Country Cooking edited by Bob & Sue Miller. That bean dish has given me a reputation at bring-a-dish dinners that I don't deserve. Adore all the comments, keep posting.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2009 5:00:43 PM PDT
Oh, I HAVE to agree! I can hardly make it from the couch (with these books in hand) to the kitchen without druling all over myself. I love to know what the recipes are 'supposed' to look like. If I'm successful, I reward myself by consuming it alone for a job well-done. Believe me, you need to have clog-free arteries and be in excellent health if you do any sampling!

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 9:52:33 AM PDT
As a South Carolinian going back many generations, I say the Lee Bros. cookbook is the single best one there is, hands down. Not so many photos, but very easy to follow.
James Villas is good too. His casserole cookbook is incredibly under-rated; it gives you some surprisingly new takes on hearty food.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 9:10:07 AM PST
Check out the award winning cookbook from New Orleans called Da Cajn Critter."Da Cajn Critter is a "gumbo" of recipes from family, friends and my own concoctions," says Pamela, "just like the diverse people and great food culture of New Orleans, these recipes come from Louisiana, all over the United States, and even Italy. "I think cooking is about so much more than preparing food," asserts Pamela. "It's about people relaxing, having fun, and connecting with one another. Everyone of our lives is like an old family recipe. It is filled with different ingredients and experiences that over time create a unique and distinctive flavor. Every recipe gathers all the things that we love and seek to share with others."

Pamela created Da Cajn Critter to enlighten the rest of the world on the joie de vivre of life in New Orleans: the food, the lifestyle, and the art of `makin' groceries." Her book contains a number of heirloom recipes, some that date back several generations from a century ago. Her book provides 185 recipes.Da Cajn Critter

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009 12:14:23 PM PST
What a cute cookbook! :D Fun and VERY easy to read. Thanks for the suggestion

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 8:37:37 PM PST
M. Grotzky says:
I love Edna Lewis's classic The Taste of Country Cooking since it was new. No pictures, which is too bad, but the stories are wonderful. I also very much like Nancie McDermott's Southern Cakes, which does have photos, and if you can find the Southern Living Christmas cookbook for 2008, the Lane cake is truly remarkable, with a rich and subtle flavor.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 9:07:25 PM PST
R. W. Carnes says:
My family has been in the South for over a 100 years and the recipies I've inherited are very close to those you'll find in Southern living. I also have a very small, thing cookbook that has classic recipes from the Old South. Yes, it is called something like Recipies from "gone with the wind" but what can I say. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2009 9:13:07 PM PST
R. W. Carnes says:
Have you ever looked at "The Ultimate Southern Living cookbook". I actually bought this book at a Southern living party. It is organized by types of food (poultry, beef, fish, appeitizers, etc...) And gives so much more info about wine pairings and even cutlery and how to stock a kitchen. You should check this one out. : )

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 11:19:21 AM PST
Ryan Felts says:
The Lee Brothers book is amazing. Just get it - you won't be disappointed. I use it very regularly and it has never failed.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2009 1:22:55 PM PST
Thank you for your suggestion. Can't believe how lucious the Southern Cakes book is! Great idea!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2009 1:24:02 PM PST
I must agree with you regarding Southern Living. Thank goodness they're willing to share to the grit-loving folks of the U.S.!
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