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About the Author

Chris Chamberlain is a food and drink writer basedin Nashville, Tennessee, where he has lived his entire life except for four years in California where he studied liberal arts at Stanford University and learned how to manipulate chopsticks. He is a regular writer for the Nashville Scene and their "Bites" food blog. He has also contributed to the Nashville City Paper , Nashville Lifestyles magazine, 2001 Edgehill and atwww.geardiary.com. One of his favorite things in life to do is to put a shoulder on the smoker and watch SEC football all day long while waiting for his pork reach "pig-picking" temperature as slowly as possible.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Paperback Edition edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401601634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401601638
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received this book the other day. I'm about 1/3 of the way through reading it now. I like it and I dislike it at the same time. I would call it a compilation of restaurant reviews before I would call it a cookbook. There is a recipe from each restaurant to "whet" your appetite Sometimes you get lucky and there will be 2 recipes from a particular restaurant. I was hoping for more recipes per restaurant. Next thing, most of the reviews come from big cities i.e. Lexington & Louisville in KY; the Birmingham area in AL; Atlanta, GA; etc.. No mention of Tacky Jack's in Gulf Shores, AL or Little taste of Texas in Glasgow, KY--two of the best places you could ever hope to eat! The book does seem to have a good mix of restaurants that would have a $ beside their review versus the restaurants that would have a $$$ beside their review, so that is a plus. I like that there are about as many options for "fine dining" as well as "family dining" so that you can find something to fit your needs. I was hoping for more off the beaten path, hole-in-the-wall, only-the-locals-know-we're-here type restaurants in more widespread locales. I guess you can only fit so many of those in one book, though.
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"The Southern Foodie" by Chris Chamberlain, book review. Subtitle: 100 Places to eat in the south before you die (and the recipes that made them famous).

Southern Food...Is your mind full of golden fried chicken, mashed potatoes, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese, chocolate cake, and sweet tea? If not, you have never been to the south, because these are the staples of the Southern kitchen or church potluck. But restaurants, well, they have done all these and more.

Author Chris Chamberlain, a native of Nashville, has compiled an impressive book listing 100 restaurants in the southern states from TX to FL with their stories and a signature recipe from each. Living in Tennessee, I read that chapter first and was pleased to see that I had been to two of the restaurants on the list.

This book is a combination tour guide and cook book. The author has included a detailed description of each restaurant including its history and cuisine. Then he includes a recipe from the menu, past or present. Don't make the mistake of reading this while hungry, because the descriptions and photos are mouth-watering!

So, if you are planning to travel, this book can offer restaurants to try along the way. Or if you are a Yankee, you can try your hand at making some of the wonderful recipes, provided you can find the needed ingredients where you live. Feel free to improvise if you can't.

This book would make a great gift for a foodie or a travel buff. Wonderful illustrations and heart-warming tales of the restaurants make almost a coffee table book. This just might be the book for someone on your Christmas list.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.
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If you like southern food, you will like this book. It breaks down a variety of dining spots throughout the south, giving an overview of the restaurant and the recipe for a signature dish. The benefits of this book are that if you are traveling to a location and want to see what a good place to eat may be, then you are off to the races. The recipes also give a good idea of a signature dish.
It is also helpful for researching trips as you can use the book to jump online and have a starting point for your gastronomic research.
The drawbacks are that sometimes places close, or, more likely, open and the book is not exhaustive. Take Charleston, SC for instance. The places noted in the book are great, but places are constantly opening up. Not a huge drawback but definitely check and do some research when you decide on a place to try.
Overall, it is one of the best travel/cookbooks I have ever seen.
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I found this to be a rather frustrating cookbook. It was interesting to read of the restaurants and places to eat, but the author describes their specialties and recommends things "not to miss" yet not a single one of these recommendations is followed by the recipe. All of the recipes are for entirely different things. It is okay, but in my opinion, there are better cookbooks about southern cooking.
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A couple of years ago, I had to go on a cookbook hiatus. We had too many, they were taking over. But The Southern Foodie, I rationalized was not just a cook book, but a travel log as well.

The idea behind The Southern Foodie is captured in the subtitle: 100 places to eat in the South before you die (and the recipe that made them famous). The book is divided by state and then each restaurant has a bio that explains not only what they serve, but a little of their history and what makes them great. There are recipes and pictures of the various ones through out.

We picked two for the purpose of review. And I want you to know that I also checked with my Southern friends and family to make sure that these restaurants were the real deal. Considering that we chose two from extremely small towns and both were known, I'm taking that to mean that the rest are going to be winners as well.

We made The Crown's Pavlova from The Crown in Town Restaurant in Indianola, MS. Even though it looked nothing like the picture, the entire family enjoyed every single morsel. It was a great dessert that came together easily with no specialty items. Which are key notions for most Southern cooking.

We also made Hattie Mae's Tomato Pie from Grits and Groceries in Belton, SC with homegrown tomatoes! It was delicious! I would eat it again, but I'm out of mayo. I'm also told that this restaurant isn't in Belton, but that's the closest land mark.

Overall, it's a great addition to our recipe library. If you want to take a trip through the South in your kitchen, this would be a great itinerary.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program.
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