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Thompson throws down with great suggestions for the neglected part of the plate.--New Orleans Times-Picayune



A cookable balance of new and old, mama's kitchen and chef touches, supermarket ingredients and southern specialties.--Appetite for Books blog



Once you tuck into this book, you may never want to move on to the main course.--Garden & Gun Editors' favorite



A soulful expression of the true nature of Southern cooking. . . . A Southern gem that is filled with [Fred Thompson's] personality and years of creating great eats.--Edible Piedmont



A worthwhile cookbook that brings so much more to the table than recipe listings.--Southern Food



The recipes in Thompson's 11th cookbook reflect where life has taken him --the down-home classics he learned from his grandmothers, mother and aunts to modern dishes influenced by well-respected Southern chefs.--Raleigh News and Observer



From the get-go, you've got to like Fred Thompson's Southern Sides. Written like a long, literate love letter to Southern fare, the recipes range from small plates to big, meal-sized dishes.--Detroit Metro Times



The ultimate compendium of Southern sides.--WNC Magazine



A bible of classic and contemporary Southern sides. Highly recommended.--Library Journal Starred Review



Fred Thompson's Southern Sides has the most genuine personality of any cookbook to come my way.--Sarah Kucharski, Smoky Mountain Living



The flavors here are big. . . . [Thompson] has a missionary's fervor for the sides and vegetables that he calls, in his introduction, 'the apex of Southern cooking.'--The New York Times



With 250 side dishes, there's something for everyone. . . . So buy a copy or three of Fred;s book – and make sure to use it.--Farm Fresh North Carolina.com



[A] cookbook that brings so much more to the table than recipe listings. . . . Southerners will get a nice dose of nostalgia and comfort from these recipes, and non-southerners will get a great glimpse into a culture that cannot be explained, only experienced. All readers will also continue the rich traditions of these great meals by creating new memories through them.--Okra Magazine



[A] great melding of then and now, complete with the recipe contradictions that so many cookbook authors avoid these days.--LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog



Fred Thompson's Southern Sides is perfect for anyone who already loves Southern side dishes or for those who want to learn more about preparing traditional Southern ingredients.--Savannah Morning News



Sweet potato guacamole? Why, that's just brilliant. Cornbread with ricotta cheese? Why, that's just decadent. Bourbon Creamed Corn? Can't wait to try it. . . . Proves unequivocally that for every season, there's a side.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution Best of 2012



"[Fred Thompson's Southern Sides] explores the dishes that are often overlooked.--Grand Forks Herald

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I have watched Fred Thompson cook, tested a number of both the traditional and highly personal recipes in this no-nonsense and much needed new cookbook, marveled at his spicy pimento cheese, crunchy okra fritters, luscious grits souffle, and broccoli cornbread, and can state unequivocally that Thompson once again proves himself to be a true master of the Southern kitchen.--James Villas, author of The Glory of Southern Cooking and Pig: King of the Southern Table



A book for the ages. Thompson's strong, knowledgeable voice is a reassuring companion in the kitchen. I am smitten with this book.--Martha Hall Foose, author of A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home



At last--a cookbook devoted to the glorious side dishes of the American South. This distinctive book is as wise, warm, and witty as the incomparable Fred Thompson. Turning its pages is the next best thing to being in his company. And it's the book to turn to when company's coming. I'm making room on my shelf of favorite cookbooks for this new classic.--Nathalie Dupree, TV host and author of New Southern Cooking and eleven other books

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807835706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807835708
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By I Do The Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 23, 2012
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My, oh my; this is a great cookbook. You are going to love it! This guy--Fred--well, he's just masterful. He has not only lovingly perfected and given us his many favorites; he's done loads of research and has shared many treasures from all over the "South". I put that word in quotation marks because I use that term with some reservations for this book: I believe this cookbook covers more than just your usual southern offerings. Of course, all your favorite southern dishes are included, but there is a flare here that transcends the idea of "Southern". Just take a look inside at the Contents pages and you can get an idea of what I mean. I really wish you could read the inside flaps of the book jacket--it is superbly written and says so much about the compilation of recipes and Fred's take on the value of side dishes. It's hard to explain, but this is not just another presentation of southern cooking.

It's exciting just to read the recipe titles! Since it arrived in the mail, we've been creating evening meals around these recipes. I know I'll never again be at a loss for answering the question: What to serve with this?

As I turned page after page, there was nothing--nothing!--that did not interest me, (Some second thoughts are in an update at the bottom of this review.). That goes for my husband, too. I ordered it, but he got a hold of it before I did....He has a love of pimento cheese spread and made a batch of "Fred's Opinion on Pimento Cheese" before I got home from work. As I walked in the door, he presented me with a cracker loaded with the beautiful stuff. My husband also loves to bake biscuits and that evening he made a batch of Black-and-Blue Biscuits, with blue cheese, garlic and rosemary--excellent.

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I collect cookbooks. I go to Goodwills, thrift stores, used book stores, etc. I have hundreds of cookbooks. I can tell you that this book will be one that i read and use over and over again. This book has so many tried and true southern sides in one place it literally could replace all the other books that i own. The recipes are easy to read and follow written in a nice large print. There are nice pictures, although not for every recipe. Also most of the recipes don't require expensive specialty ingredients that cost a fortune. This is the type of cookbook that i would actually buy and give as a gift to my friends.
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I checked this book out at the library and loved it. I am so happy to own it. Just the best recipes even if you aren't from the south. It arrived the day after my order. Thanks.
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Beautiful book but I was expecting more recipes on the order of those in the first part. Too many seem complicated for a lazy cook.
The Foreword on products and ingredients is useful. Still glad I own it.
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Thompson knows his southern cooking and his narrative was so genuine I got homesick. If you are looking to make some southern dishes the real way, Thompson will guide you to perfection.
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By Josie on February 16, 2016
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Excellent recipes for vegetables! Finally!! someone gives more recipes for vegetables than meat and desserts!!! YEA Fred!!
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I tried the recipe for Cherry Salad with Southern Cola and it never gelled. It obviously called for too much liquid. Help!
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