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Frank Stitt's Southern Table Hardcover – August 1, 2004
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About the Author
Frank Stitt is the chef and owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Café, and Chez Fonfon, all located in Birmingham, Alabama. He has won the James Beard Award for the Best Chef of the Southeast and was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s "Who's Who of Food and Beverage" in 2011. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance for his elevation of Southern cuisine and his early advocacy of locally-grown food. He is the author of Frank Stitt's Southern Table and Frank Stitt's Bottega Favorita.
Top Customer Reviews
She asked us to get her a copy of this book.
I made several recipes for an annual party we have - the stuffed pork roast, collard greens and white beans, ratatouille, etc. People couldn't stop raving about the food. There was barely a bite leftover, and I made more than enough for everyone to have seconds and thirds!
One other note - I tend to alter most recipes - tweak them a bit, make substitutions, change this or that. With this book I find that 1. I don't WANT to change anything, and 2. the recipes are perfect as written.
For anyone who loves great food, you will love this book. The 'coffee-table' size is no problem for me... and I love the added tidbits which give you an idea of who Frank Stitt, the person, is.
I'd give it ten stars if I could. It's my favorite cookbook out of about 150 or so that I own.
The book begins with a highly personal Foreword by North Carolina novelist Pat Conroy who must have a more than casual eye for good food, as he just happened to run into Frank Stitt about 24 years ago across the aisle on an airplane as Conroy happened to see Stitt taking notes from what Conroy recognized as cookbooks by some very high end authors. Stitt was just on his way back to Birmingham, Alabama to open his own restaurant and confided to Conroy that he was a very, very good chef.
Stitt's introduction fills out his culinary pedigree, citing the fact that he apprenticed at `Chez Panisse' with Alice Waters, from whom he received an introduction to leading French food writer Richard Olney. Stitt became Olney's assistant and through him met Jeremiah Tower and leading English food writer Elizabeth David. When Stitt opened his own restaurant `Highlands' in Birmingham, he combined traditional Southern cooking with these heavy French and Provencal influences with superfresh ingredients to create a cuisine with a skill which has landed him near the head of the class of American chefs.
All this pedigree and all these paeans to fresh ingredients do not mean this is a good book. It only certifies that Stitt has in him what it takes to write a good book. The proof is in the reading, not in the reputation. For starters, he has to prove that he has added sufficient value to overcome book's drawback of being better suited for the coffee table than the kitchen counter.Read more ›
The book has chapters covering various topics: adult beverages, appetizers, seafood, poultry, meats, vegetables, desserts, a section on commonly used sauces, dressings, etc., and some tips on kitchen equipment and techniques. there are lots of very nice photographs throughout the book including pictures of the various dishes, local farmers, and other people.
You will find the food can be very Southern (e.g. Spoonbread), or the recipes are infused with the French flavors that Frank Stitt leans toward. Most of the recipes are actually not that complicated or difficult. Some are super easy like potato cakes. Since i cook mostly sweet treats, I have focused on some real jewels here. One of the coolest sweet thangs here is Brown Butter Almond Financier - a slightly more complicated recipe than the usual cake, but well worth the effort.
It's quite fashionable to talk about buying local produce these days, but Frank Stitt has been pushing this idea for years and years. He emphasizes fresh ingredients and using what you have locally both for the benefit of the flavor and the benefit of the people who make our food. I also like that Frank Stitt can be very practical at times - when discussing buying a mandoline, he recommends an inexpensive plastic model over the expensive steel versions.
By the way, the best food i've ever eaten isn't in a restaurant. my mom makes that food.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite cookbooks out there! The meals are a bit time consuming so we tend to consult this more for special occasion meals. Read morePublished 14 days ago by KDF
Purchased this guide as a gift for my husbands birthday and he loved it! A great recipe book if you really want to prepare a feast!Published 7 months ago by Brittany Bratt
This is the best restaurant related cookbook I've ever bought or perused. Great dishes and great stories. I leave it by my chair and refer to it often. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Harry B.
A brilliant chef. His cuisine is, to my mind, inspired by the best of French cuisine. There are Southern touches but his dishes have not that much to do with the "South."Published 16 months ago by Rose M Morse