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Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less (Quick-Fix Cooking) Paperback – March 8, 2011
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Lang groups the book's 115 recipes into ten themes including Tailgates and Gatherings, Busy Weeknight Suppers, and Girls' Night In making it easy to locate a recipe that fits the mood. As the title implies the recipes are geared toward meals that take thirty minutes or less to prepare (cooking times may be longer). "Quick-Fix Southern" is fun, light and breezy, and full of food that one wants to eat. Chapter three, Sipping on the Screened Porch is all about drinks to be made for imbibing on hot summer nights on the screened porch, or off. Lang, being a Southerner by birth, throws in stories of her family, and food traditions as well as the history and lore of the South.
To make her format of 30 minutes or less work Lang adds in quick cooking tips, and shortens cooking times and techniques where possible. On page four of the book there's a heading Keys to Quick Cooking.Read more ›
At time of writing this review, I'm the only negative voice in a sea of 5-star reviews -- maybe I didn't receive the same book as the other reviewers, but this cookbook was something of a disappointment for me.
First of all, I have something of a rating rule for cookbooks: there has to be a picture for almost every recipe or it can't be a 5-star book for me. If there are no pictures for any of the final products, then the book is 3-star or lower, right off the bat. Is this a fair rule? It essentially means that if Jesus and Gandhi collaborate on a cookbook entitled "World Peace Through Heavenly Cuisine" or something, but they don't include pictures, it won't be getting more than a 3-star rating from me. But I'm okay with that, because for me personally, I need pictures in order to understand (a) whether or not I want to make the dish in the first place and (b) how I can tell when my finished dish is correct. That's just how I roll.
So right off the bat, I have a concern with this cookbook that some readers won't share: there are no pictures in here of any finished recipes. Oh, there are pictures in the book -- monochrome snapshots of the ingredients -- but none of the recipes. For instance, the "Eggs In A Basket" recipe which is eggs and toast has a picture of...eggs. In a basket. The BLTVA Sandwiches recipe has a picture of a single piece of bacon. And so on. If you're the sort of cook who eats with their eyes -- for instance, if you're looking at this book because of the luscious biscuits on the cover -- then this will bother you; if you're not, then that's fine, too. (Maybe the lack of pictures in my version stems from the fact that I was reviewing an ARC...Read more ›
The book was filled with wonderful tips for cooks of all skill level and for Southerners and Yankees (I mean, non-Southerners) alike. Who knew you could make your own buttermilk? Her tips for helpful substitutions and ways to avoid extra trips to the grocery store are almost worth the price of admission by themselves. However, she had me at the first recipe: three-cheese grits. I would buy this book for the breakfast recipes alone! This will be my go-to cookbook for weekend breakfasts with my family.
While I was surprised to see some common southern classics such as country fried steak missing, Ms. Lang added some new and interesting twists, as well as sharing regional favorites I may never have known about. I also appreciated that Ms. Lang included a little about the history of southern cooking, giving credit where credit is due.
While most southern food is also notoriously unhealthy, the recipes included frequently promote fresh ingredients rather than canned and are rather judicious with the added fats...not a hint of fat-back anywhere! Moderation is still key, but I can see a lot more southern cooking in my family's future...and my husband is grateful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have made several of the recipes in this book. The caloric value is up there, but it is well worth the extra calories!Published on June 26, 2014 by Mary Kay Sholaas
You have got to try the stuff in this book. I enjoyed cooking these recipes and getting raves from family and friends.Published on May 22, 2014 by J.H.
Being from the Deep South I was disappointed that there were not more "real" recipes that are made here. Oh well. Time to learn some more new things.Published on December 24, 2013 by Beth Wright
Now, I have a quick book on Southern food that I can consult on. However, it doesn't have pictures, but it's good.Published on December 17, 2013 by C.B.
My husband loves to cook, and I dabble.
We used to live in the south, so thought this might be nice for him
for his birthday.
Well, glad I bought it used. Read more
I'm a northern girl brought up on hot-dishes, but love the flavor of southern comfort foods. Unfortunately I am not great in the kitchen except for my casseroles, and to ask me to... Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Rachael M Jones 👣
I think over the years that I've spent some of my happiest summers in the South. Iced tea on the porch, picnics up in the Smoky Mountains, long hot days at the ocean and great... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Grandma