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Southern Living 1,001 Ways to Cook Southern: The Ultimate Treasury of Southern Classics Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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My biggest complaint with this book is that so many of the baking recipes include mixes in their ingredient list. If I want a cookbook version of cinnamon streusel muffins, I don't want one of the three ingredients listed to be....cinnamon streusel muffin mix. I didn't see a single biscuit recipe that didn't use self-rising flour and most cornbread recipes use a cornmeal mix. My Ultimate Southern Living cookbook which I love has at least a baking powder biscuit recipe that is not dependent on self-rising flour.
That being said, there are hundreds of truly mouth-watering recipes in this book. I think it might depend on what your other cookbook options are as to whether this book is a "must have." Peruse it in a bookstore or check it out from a library; then buy it here because Amazon's price is the best!
There are many forms of cornbread and cheese sauces and po'boys; so if you really want to investigate some different forms of southern cooking you would enjoy this book
There are descriptions of what southern cooks must have; such as a cast iron skillet and how to season it, mason jars and recipes to use with them and thoughts on cornbread. Techniques are shown for various methods such as; making biscuits and crepes. Pages of discussions by the editors of Southern Living are inserted on how to fry anything or making iced tea and then there are some pages with descriptions of southern chefs and their restaurants. There are a few picture sections of the recipes, but most do not have a picture. There are a handful of suggestions for menus for dinners or parties.
One of the best inclusions is Faidley's recipe for crab cakes, one of the top winners in most crab cake tastings.
The 1001 recipes included are: appetizers and beverages, breads, breakfast and brunch, cakes, cookies and candies, desserts, fish and shellfish, grilling and barbeque, meats, pasta, grains and rice, pies and pastries, poultry, salads, sandwiches sauces, condiments, side dishes, soups and stews.
This would be a great cookbook for collectors and those who admire the recipes in Southern Living and just those who would like to experiment with some traditional southern dishes, including many variations - after all, any area of the south just knows they have the best recipe.
Try them they are not that hard and will add variety for those who do not `cook southern'.
1. I counted at least 11 catfish recipes. Can't get more Southern than that.
2. Includes the secret to good Gumbo.
3. A whole page devoted to making the perfect mint julep.
4. Six pages committed to the making of grits.
What I disliked (really disliked):
A number of recipes included pre-packaged mixes. Let me give you some examples:
The recipe for Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls calls for frozen bread rolls, egg whites, and seeds.
The recipe for Chocolate Angel Food Cakes calls for angel food cake mix, cocoa, and sugar.
I do not consider these to be recipes, anymore than adding Nestle Quick to milk and sticking it in the microwave is the recipe for Great Hot Cocoa.
If you want a fabulous Southern Living Cookbook I would strongly suggest purchasing The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook: Over 1,250 of Our Best Recipes (Southern Living (Hardcover Oxmoor)).
Further, 1001 Ways to Cook Southern isn't a cookbook filled with "nouveau" recipes that put currently popular, but perhaps transient, spins on old favorites. Nor is it a fancy pants cookbook, filled with recipes that require a long list of ingredients not found in most grocery stores. Home cooks can genuinely rely on this cookbook for both every day and special occasion cooking, without taking on the added burden of a research project or wild goose chase before ever stepping into the kitchen. And the recpies are really good! My tasting committee, consisting of my husband and brothers, gave 1001 Ways to Cook Southern a BIG thumbs up.
There is a corollary between recipes found in 1001 Ways to Cook Southern and the recipes currently found on the web page Southern Living relies on to share its recipes. Cooks unfamiliar with Southern dishes and wanting to try a few things before committing to a cookbook have the opportunity to do so. However, those cooks ready for an encyclopedic standby should take a hard look at 1001 Ways to Cook Southern. I think it could easily become the kitchen workhorse, to which one's hand first reaches when cooking Southern, in many kitchens. It will in mine.
Note: I won an advance copy in a contest sponsored by Southern Living.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn to cook authentic southern dishes. It is a very thick book; maybe 3 inches thick. The recipes are well written and easy to follow.Published 22 months ago by Vinnie's Mom
This recipe book is fantastic, and totally worth the cost! It's chock full of excellent recipes with a major emphasis on old school recipe reading vs bold pictures. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rachel S.