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Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South Carolina, To Harlem Hardcover – June 23, 1999
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Sylvia Woods, born in Hemingway, South Carolina, started the world-famous Sylvia's Restaurant in 1963 and opened a second restaurant in Atlanta in 1997. She owned a line of canned and bottled food products that is sold in supermarkets across the country.
Top Customer Reviews
Sylvia's book covers many of the staple recipes my family whipped up and they are truly *easy* to prepare. She even has several more health conscious recipes for those who must have them (Southern and healthy are not synonymous).
I've prepared many of her recipes with great success. The tuna croquettes are easy and yummy! You probably already have all the ingredients in your cupboards. The smothered pork chops are to die for, and I finally can make a gravy my grand mother would be proud of! There are a few recipes I simple will not try. I wouldn't as a kid and I'm not starting now! (Eeewww chitterlings! ), but if you're adventurous or your taste bud run that way, enjoy! If you love real southern cooking, you can easily make it yourself with this book.
It's also filled with lots of interesting stories and anecdotes about her, her family and her restaurant. She's a wonderful woman whom I hope writes another cookbook soon!
My memories of summers in the south as a child, eating packed sandwiches in the car on the way back north and going to the community freezer locker, came flooding back. And the recipes themselves, provide an accurate taste of many of the old southern favorites. For those not privileged to have connections in the south, it may have been hard to come by some of the recipes and Ms Woods has taken the time to chronicle the old classic southern dishes that were typically learned from grandmothers and mothers. But it's not just the food, it's the "soul" that's connected to the preparation. How many of us pass down great experiences connected to the fast food and pizza that we so often eat?
Try some of my favorites: Frances's Lily White Biscuits, Nan's Extra-Special Marinated Spareribs and Peach Cobbler, put some soul into it and create lasting memories of your own.
I received this cookbook by accident. I belong to a cookbook club and forgot to tell them I didn't want that month's selection. I've been able to prepare many of Mrs. Woods' recipes with great success. The tuna croquettes are very easy and delicious! They reheated well for lunch the next day too. The smothered pork chops are to die for, and I finally can make gravy my grand mother would have been proud of!
The only trouble I ran into in the entire cookbook were several of her cooking times. In a few recipes, like the "Wednesday Night Special Meat Loaf", cooking took noticeably longer than specified. I know all ovens are different but when the recipe says bake for 1 hour and it took almost 2, that's a big difference. Still, the meat loaf was delicious and worth the wait.
Along with some great recipes, if you enjoy reading your cookbooks, you'll spend lots of engrossed in this one. This cookbook is a human-interest biography with lots of humor and soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic. My mom made good stuff from this book.... So after many years, I purchased it for myself!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. This is the second time I purchase this book. My first book got destroy in a house fire. So I had to have another one. Great recipes.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love love love this book! I even ordered one for my sister to enjoy. The ribs recipe has become a staple in my home, and the coconut custard pie....wow! Thank you Sylvia!Published 5 months ago by marissa
Overall, I think this is a good cookbook. I gave the book 4 stars because I only like 7 recipes.Published 7 months ago by DARLENE