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Initial post: Apr 8, 2009 4:45:42 PM PDT
Any suggestions for 1)idiot-proof Southern cookbook; 2)lots of pictures; 3)true Southern recipies. Thanks for your help!

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 7:07:18 AM PDT
Lisa Dalinka says:
Lee Bros cookbook won cookbook of the year from James Beard Foundation...I have make a few of the recipes with good results. I wouldn't call it idiot-proof and there aren't a ton of pictures, but it is a very good cookbook.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 7:07:21 AM PDT
Lisa Dalinka says:
Lee Bros cookbook won cookbook of the year from James Beard Foundation...I have make a few of the recipes with good results. I wouldn't call it idiot-proof and there aren't a ton of pictures, but it is a very good cookbook.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2009 7:26:47 AM PDT
Thank you for your input!

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 8:59:47 AM PDT
C. Dimery says:
I love "Bon Appetit Y'all" by Virginia Willis, has great recipes, pictures and even better stories. I've had a good turnout with the recipes. Another good one is "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" by Martha Hall Foose... again great pics, recipes and stories. I am southern, from NC, and I also love Paula Deen. Her cookbooks are more homey type recipes.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 1:25:50 PM PDT
R. King says:
I am a Tennessean living in Florida, and I would second "Bon Appetit Y'all", and also suggest "A Love Affair with Southern Cooking" by Jean Anderson. There aren't any pictures , and she's not southern by birth, but she's a perfectionist and her research is exhaustive. Check out "Southern Living" magazine and it's website and cookbooks, and there's also "Taste of the South" magazine. Don't forget Nathalie Dupree, her "Southern Memories" has been my go-to for years. Sara Foster puts a new spin on southern classics in her cookbooks, especially her first, "The Foster's Market Cookbook". Hope these suggestions help.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 7:43:20 AM PDT
J. says:
The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook: Over 1,250 of Our Best Recipes (Southern Living (Hardcover Oxmoor)) (Hardcover)
This is the one I go back to time and time again. Most Southern Living cookbooks are good, but this one was purchased by several "country" friends in Louisiana as well as myself 3 years ago and get the most use. Good "used" price too.

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 8:57:47 AM PDT
Della says:
Although the Southern Living books have great recipes, and wonderful full color pics of alot of them, they do have one really annoying aspect that makes them very difficult to endorse fully: namely they are organized much like they would be with just a collection of the magazines in a binder. They go by month, rather than type of recipe as most of the other cookbooks that I have do. (poultry, meats, breads, desserts, etc.) Makes looking up recipes a REAL pain, and the index is only useful if you have a specific idea of what you want to cook. Wastes alot of time that could be devoted to actually cooking the recipes..... :-(

Posted on Apr 10, 2009 2:26:07 PM PDT
Laura B says:
My favorite Southern cookbooks are Mama Dip's Kitchen, and Sylvia's Soul Food and Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook. Not lots of pix, but just real good, honest country cooking.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 5:01:46 PM PDT
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Texas Tea says:
I'd like to suggest "My Mother's Southern Kitchen" by James Villas. I am a gourmet cook & have lived all over the world but I'm also Southern. Martha Pearl Villas (the "Mother" in the cookbook) gives advice on most of the recipes and they are truly "down home" and "idiot-proof." I have over 500 cookbooks but I turn to this one whenever I need something that's real and "comfort food." There are even hand-written notes of hers included! Frankly, I wouldn't do without this gem! It's dated 1994 but I bet you can find it!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2009 5:05:29 PM PDT
Thank you so much!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 12:14:57 PM PDT
Lilith says:
I don't know about being idiot proof and I can say it doesn't have any pictures, but Southern Cooking by Mrs. S.R. Dull is very true to southern cuisine. Also, "The Glory of Southern Cooking" by James Villas is excellent. It has old, heritage recipes and modern ones that reflect the diversity of the south today.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 5:20:26 PM PDT
P. Barnett says:
The very best would have to be "White Trash Cooking" and "White Trash Cooking II" - both by the late Ernest Matthew Mickler. For a pure look at southern cooking, southern people, and the real south, please give these two priceless books a try. Do not be put off by the titles, you will see that there is nothing derogatory about them.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 5:29:33 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2009 5:46:53 PM PDT
Great suggestions. I'm 'kin' to White Trash and these would be right up my alley! Thank you for your help.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 6:51:45 PM PDT
Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis's "The Gift of Southern Cooking," hands down. I think it's reasonably good for beginners, it's beautifully illustrated, and it's a great read in addition to being a terrific cookbook.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 8:10:47 PM PDT
T. Griffin says:
the Southern Living books are excellent as pointed out already. Also, Bill Neal's books are excellent.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2009 4:00:26 PM PDT
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2009 4:49:08 PM PDT
AGinLA says:
I have several Southern Living Cookbooks and I like them becuase they have 3 indices. One by month, one by dish name and one by ingredient.

Posted on May 1, 2009 8:16:13 PM PDT
Out West says:
Another southerner here and you've received some great suggestions. I LOVE Bon Appetit, Y'all by Virginia Willis. A French twist on classic southern cuisine. Fried Catfish Fingers with Country Remoulade convinced me that I NEEDED this book and I have over 100 cookbooks. Um, not all southern, of course. Go to Leite's Culinaria's website to try one or two of Ms Willis's recipes (I'm the reviewer with the Andy Griffith quote on the catfish recipe, oh my gosh, its beyond good). Southern Living's website to try their recipes. Or, my favorite way.. the public library.. to see if you will really use the book before you plunk down the cash.

Posted on May 2, 2009 8:47:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2009 8:49:19 AM PDT
C. Williams says:
There are some great suggestions above. Martha Foose's book -- "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook" -- is a 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees. Her recipes remind me of my grandmother's cooking, updated. The prior recommendation I endorse most wholeheartedly though is Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis's "The Gift of Southern Cooking." Very accessible; excellent recipes.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2009 9:22:03 AM PDT
Thank you for the reply. I purchased "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" and simply love it!

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2009 9:32:30 AM PDT
Great suggestion! I can't wait to try it. (Loved your comment!)

Posted on May 4, 2009 12:15:16 PM PDT
Hey there - Wanted to pop in and thank y'all for including my book in the mix! What a surprise!! Many, many thanks. I love Scott and Miss Lewis', as well. Of course, I worked for Nathalie, so I have an allegiance there. Damon Lee Fowler writes great, great cookbooks, too.

Wanted to share this - just wrote it actually, and if you like Southern and my stories, you might like the retelling of this tale for Mother's Day.

Best VA

http://virginiawillis.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/fried-chicken-a-love-story/

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2009 4:31:13 PM PDT
Southern Sideboards by Jackson (MS) Junior League is absolutely the best ~ I am from the south and own a successful restaurant in Iowa, and we use lots of their recipes. No pictures, but I have never tried a recipe that wasn't superb. Try the Fresh Apple Cake, the Shrimp and Artichoke Salad, and the truffles! For a great "mom in the kitchen" cookbook try The Ivy Bake Shoppe Cookbook.
Martha Wolf
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