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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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Rebecca Lang shows how easily--and deliciously--we can turn many of the South's long-winded recipes into a breeze without sacrificing flavor. But that's not all. Lang, who on top of everything else, is a Contributing Editor at Southern Living, also dishes up some clever fast-forward recipes of her own along with plenty of insider short-cuts. --cookbook author Jean Anderson on jeanandersoncooks.com
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As a contributing editor for Southern Living, Rebecca Lang is featured in weekly cooking segments on the nationally syndicated showDaytime, which reaches 85 million households. She is a contributing editor for myrecipes.com and writes a monthly column, "Girls' Night In," for the site. Her food writing has appeared in theAtlanta Journal-Constitution Flavors Magazine, Edible Atlanta, and Legacy Magazine. Having taught hundreds of classes, Lang is an accomplished cooking instructor and travels the country teaching classes in cooking schools and to groups as large as 1,200 students.
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This recipe book is so easy follow. It's almost like the writer (Rebecca Lang) wrote it just for me knowing I didn't know my way around the kitchen. All of these meals are complete from scratch and ready in 30 minutes or less. So they are perfect recipes for the kitchen-hater, food lover in me. I am able to serve deliciously simple and authentic southern meals strait from my Minnesota oven quickly. You betchya my family is loving me now. They went from tator-tot hot dish, frozen pizza and goulash to good eats! I've even learned some new casserole recipes. These casseroles are very different than the ones I know from here up-north, and my family loves 'em!
My favorite section of this book is "Busy Weeknight Suppers". Since cooking is not my thing I want to get in-and-out as quickly as possible. Both my husband and I love the "oats and bacon meat loaf". This is so savory and full of character. I would have never thought to add bacon to meatloaf! My children love the "chicken and dumplings" that I have honestly tried to make for my first husband since it was his favorite but I miserably failed. This time the dumplings were tender and and the broth was fabulous. It was very simple and quick to make as well, which surprised me. I've made about eight recipes now from this book. I'm becoming a seasoned southern chef!
If you like the deep southern flavors this book doesn't lack in fullness. Of course it has its share of catfish recipes, but it also includes quail, shrimp, okra, greens and some other true deep-home southern cooking dishes. It also balances this out with an equal amount of less-threatening, yet true to the south real meals for those of us that are more accustom to the north-side of the US and the vision of a catfish is of it eating us!
This is a great book with something for everybody. The author included notes and tips in the margins (tip boxes) to make meals easier. I highly recommend this book to busy people, women who want to cook but their food is always too salty and anybody who wants a great, filling and flavorful meal!
The Kindle version of the book is nicely laid out (and can come along camping at the lake) and divided into eleven chapters - The Basics of Quick Cooking in the South; Rise & Shine (there's a yummy Peach Yogurt Parfait in this chapter); Sipping on the Screened Porch (almost all of these recipes are adults only); Appetizers & Snacks; Picnics & Packables; Salads, Soups & Sandwiches; Tailgates & Gatherings; Busy Weeknight Suppers; Comforting Casseroles; Girls' Night In; and Southern Sweets - all listed in an interactive Table of Contents. A further interactive listing of the included individual recipes begins each section. Virtually all of these recipes are easily reproducible anywhere in the country, no high-end equipment or master-class skills required.
Do let me note that there are almost no pictures. If you are the sort that needs a picture for each recipe, this may not be the book for you. What few there are are all in shades of orange. However, the use of only two colors and few pictures gives Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less a very small file size, easy to carry around even on your smart phone. One caveat - if you are reading on a Kindle device that only displays in black and white I would urge you to download the sample first. Ingredients are all listed on an orange background of a shade that may make the list very hard to read in gray scale.
Unlike another recent book from Rebecca Lang, Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less retains all its ability to search, make notes and bookmark your favorite recipes.
Grandma's $0.02 - Perfect for summer entertaining. Two yummy thumbs up!
My favorite recipes are the short cut bbq, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and egg salad. But I can see myself making every meal in the book :)
Can't say enough good things about it!
Sincerely, a Georgia southern cook in the making.
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