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Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook Hardcover – April 29, 2008
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—Paula Deen, Food Network host and bestselling cookbook author
“Martha can truly cook. Some familiar but never predictable recipes–pimiento cheese, gumbo, cornbread–besides being too good to leave out, are joined in this sterling cookbook with many others less commonly seen but no less superlative, all unmistakably Southern, like Delta hot tamales, for example, or West Indies salad (from Mobile, circa 1940s), salmon croquettes, biscuits with tomato gravy, and black bottom pie. Her book is one to be cherished, shared, and consumed.”
—John Egerton, author of Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History
“If you’ve got a rocker on the front porch, get into it; if not, settle into your favorite chair. In either case, fix yourself a long drink and give yourself the pleasure of spending a little time with Martha Foose on her Mississippi farm before you head into the kitchen. Martha is that delightful combination of charming storyteller and darn good cook and in this book you get generous servings of each–both are delicious.”
—Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking From My Home to Yours
“Martha Foose's Screen Doors and Sweet Tea is a treasure-chest of superb recipes like Green Chile Rice, Lady Pea Salad, and Sweet Tea Pie. And her stories of growing up in Mississippi have the unmistakably Southern cadence of tales swapped across the dinner table. The book has given us a new appreciation for the genius of Delta cuisine, and even better, it has us yearning to cook, gather friends, and tell stories.”
—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook
“This book takes me back to the things I loved about my childhood in the rural south. I can’t wait to get copies for my mother and aunts. I love it.”
—John Besh, chef-owner of Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lüke, and La Provence
“This is it. The real thing. Honest eats. And diverting tales. From Martha Foose's Mississippi Delta, that queer and otherworldly land of catfish and cotton.”
—John T. Edge, author of Fried Chicken: An American Story
Top Customer Reviews
No more, found it in this delicious cookbook..Can't wait to try other recipes. This book has inspired me to get back to cooking...I suggest that anyone that wants a cookbook, you can actually use and enjoy....Don't miss this one!!!!....5 thumbs up..
Thank you Martha.
Before I got started on this Red Velvet Cake venture, I mixed up a Mailbox Cocktail. Mmmm, that's all I can say and that's all there is to say: Mmmmm. My new favorite drink.
And then I read the story of Young Steve and the long wait by the mailboxes for the Regulation-Size B.B. Gun Pistol to arrive; and I was there along with ya'll on Pluto. For I know so well, those advertisements in the back of the comic book pages, the ones I grew up on in the seventies when we had no TV in South Africa, the ones that bragged about the possibility of sea monkeys, X-Ray glasses, T.V. watches, daisy guns and pup tents; those ads that were the epitome of American Spendour to me and now to Young Steve.
Thanks, your story in a blink took me back there to that time of sweet dreams and the possible, what fun. I think I will mix another Mailbox Cocktail and try out some more Pick-Up Party Food.
I TOTALLY recommend this book for anyone ready to live with the South in their heart and kitchen.
Foose got her start at the La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles, and moved on to several bakeries in Mississippi. However, where Foose shines in this, her first publishing effort, is on the savory courses that take place well before dessert-- Inside Out Sweet Potatoes, Lady Pea Salad, and Chicken Thighs and Dumplings to list just a few.
From the banana pudding she cooked for Oprah (in individual Mason jars) to Catfish in a Paper Sack, the book is filled with recipes new, true, and Southern
If the beautiful photographs don't get you goin' then the great stories that accompany each recipe surely will. I was so inspired by "Aunt Marynaise" that I went out and bought a food processor just so I could make homemade mayo. (My mom-in-law would be soooooo proud!)
You won't be sorry you purchased this book!
Martha, my spice rack and measuring spoons thank you, and so do I!