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My Southern Food: A Celebration of the Flavors of the South Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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About the Author
Devon O'Day is the producer of the number one country music morning show in America and is the host of the syndicated Country Hitmakers, which is heard in 130 markets. A successful songwriter, O'Day wrote the number one song by George Strait, "The Big One." She is the spokesperson for the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association, and speaks about animal rescue to corporations and organizations around the country. She is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University and lives with her horses, dogs, and cats just outside Nashville.
Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He is the author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.
Top customer reviews
The photographs accompanying the recipes are an added value. Very tempting, but it is the writing that excels most cookbooks. It is readily apparent that Devon and her sister are among the best ambassadors for Southern Cooking and hospitality. A bit of my soul is stirring in its desire to move to NOLA and live like a good old boy.
If those two points aren't enough, the deeply discounted price of 99 cents makes this a must-have in my Kindle library. Read that as 'five stars.'
Also appreciated are the clear, easy-to-understand instructions for producing each dish, or drink, or what have you, starting with Sweet Tea, but continuing through every item.
To her credit, she also includes estimates of the quantities produced.
AS TO THE SHORTCOMINGS
I had some minor issues with formatting. What i mean is, some ingredients listings show on a particular page, but continue on to a following page. This is minor, of course, but it is something I prefer to avoid.
Links from the TOC to any given item: They worked just fine for me while reading on a PC using Amazon's free Kindle app, but the ease of use could be improved if the title of the recipe were included as the hot link, rather than merely the icon at the end of the line. Again, this also is extremely minor.
What is more vital, for many folks, such as me, is that no dish includes nutritional information. Also missing is the preparation time.
Because I enjoy good writing and the enthusiastic, engaging writing, I am recommending this book to all serious cooks. The recipes are that enticing and the writing is that terrific. Even so, I do encourage a future revision to include nutritional information.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.