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Classical Southern Cooking Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Classical SOUTHERN Cooking

Rooted in meticulous scholarship, a passion for good cooking, and a deep love for the unique culture of the South, Damon Lee Fowler's critically acclaimed and award-nominated Classical Southern Cooking is now fully updated and revised. Hailed as a bible of Southern foodways, this compilation of more than two hundred recipes from the old South includes many surprises from history's table such as Roast Quail with Oysters, Baked Sweet Potato Puffs, Stuffed Spinach Soup, and Candied Citrus Peel. Also included are all the icons of Southern food, from humble to sublime-boiled peanuts, golden fried chicken, fluffy biscuits, crusty breads, mint juleps, and rich pound cake.

Classical Southern Cooking presents the history and substance of cuisine from the old South in a uniquely casual and anecdotal way that has earned it a reputation as a modern classic.

Damon Lee Fowler is a nationally recognized authority on Southern cooking and its history. He is the author of six critically acclaimed cookbooks: Classical Southern Cooking; Beans, Greens, and Sweet Georgia Peaches; Fried Chicken; Damon Lee Fowler's New Southern Kitchen; Damon Lee Fowler's New Southern Baking; and most recently, The Savannah?Cookbook. His books have been nominated for two Julia Child cookbook awards as well as a James Beard Foundation award. Fowler is the feature food writer for the Savannah Morning News as well as the founding board member and past president of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He lives in Savannah.

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"Damon Fowler's wit and wisdom amplify the basis of Southern cooking, keeping it current and alive." -Nathalie Dupree, author, Shrimp and Grits

"The best cooking is always that which tastes of real lives lived in real places. It is those timeless flavors that Damon Lee Fowler brings us in recipes that are savory even just to read. Whatever food language you cook in-Italian, French, Mexican, or Swahili-you'll enjoy having this great book." -Marcella Hazan, author, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

"Fowler is the quintessential historian of all things southern and culinary. His dedication to research is breathtaking and his writing brims with grace and humor. This splendid new edition of Classical Southern Cooking belongs in every kitchen-southern and non-southern. Grab it before it sells out!" -Jean Anderson, author, A Love Affair with Southern Cooking

"Whether he is fleshing out the timeless traditions of the past, tracking down the best pecans, butter beans, and peaches, or adding new dimension to Carolina pilau, fried sweet potatoes, and fruit cobblers, Damon Fowler is one of the deans of Southern cookery, history, and culture. Everything about this comprehensive book is genuine, heartfelt, and, indeed, mouthwatering-a true celebration of America's finest and most exciting cuisine." -James Villas, author, The Glory of Southern?Cooking

"This is it: the real thing, the genuine article, the way it is and was and hopefully ever shall be. Cookbooks with this broad a scope are few and far between; this refined and honest; almost non-existent. What's more, culinary writing like this (with a sense of humor to boot) is unheard of. Damon Lee Fowler's Classical Southern Cooking is truly the celebration it claims to be." -John Martin Taylor, author, Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; annotated edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423602250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423602255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Southern cooking is famous the world over. It defines comfort food. Simple, elegant, satisfying. The height of Southern cooking was before the "War of Northern Agression", and this book details this flavorful art. Starting with "Understanding Southern Cooking" and "The Classical Southern Kitchen" the author continues through every type of food in the Southern repetoire.
Recipes are from cookbooks of the era as well as manuscripts and family records. The only changes made are those necessitated by modern equipment and availability (most of us no longer cook over an open hearth.) Side notes explain the recipes,culture and alternatives. This is Southern cooking at it's best!
If Amazon.com ever gets this book back in stock, buy it. Buy extras for friends and relatives. My collection of cookbooks is measured by the yard. Nothing I have equals this one for ease of use, pleasure of reading, or soul-satisfying results.
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I want this book! I borrowed a friend's copy and read it nearly cover to cover! Wonderful, real and truly southern recipes with stories and background to make the history of them live for newer southern cooks! A must have for anyone who loves heritage quality and usable recipes!
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This is a terrific cookbook that has been out of print for some time. Not only is it full of wonderful recipes, but it presents a bit of history too. One problem though: Amazon is listing this as a hardcover-it's not. They seem to be the only ones making this mistake and it needs correcting.
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This is THE BIBLE of Southern food preparation! This book is authentic and full of entertaining real life stories to support the recipes. Historically accurate and as true to the cuisine as it gets.
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I have been looking for a cookbook of this type. As a Southern Gentleman, I wanted something to recapture some of the meals and memories of being fed by Southern women. While this book has all the classics, it also has new things for me to try out and turn into classics for my family. I may have "discovered" Mr. Fowler a little later than some others, he will certainly be welcome in my kitchen anytime!
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What you want to know about southern cooking you will find in this beautifully illustrated cookbook.
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Fowler cooks like my grandmother; his food is what I aspire to. And the writing is not bad either.
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