My Cookbook Wish List (for xmas or whenever)
(Not Listed in any Order)
-Southern Foodways Alliance cookbook- from old recipes like the old Rich’s department store downtown’s coconut layer cake to Cheerwine BBQ’d chicken to Allan Benton’s country ham with Redeye gravy…must for any Southern foodie! Also, the food photography from Renee Brock and quotes from such Southern voices as Carson McCullers and Eudora Welty (24.95, UGA Press)
-Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts, Reinvented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito’s 2008 Baked was published to national critical acclaim and raved about across the blogosphere. Since then, their profile has gotten even bigger, with continued praise from Oprah and Martha Stewart; product availability in every Whole Foods across the U.S.; and a new bakery in Charleston, South Carolina, with even more traffic than their original Brooklyn location.
Now, in Baked Explorations, the authors give their signature “Baked” twists to famous desserts from across the country. Here is their take on our most treasured desserts: Banana Cream Pie, Black & White Cookies, Mississippi Mud Pie, and more—from the overworked to the underappreciated. Readers will love this collection of 75 recipes from breakfast treats to late-night confections and everything in between. (29.95, Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
-American Terroir, Savoring the Flavors of the Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen- Terroir, a French term usually associated with wine, is what James Beard Award–winning author Jacobsen (Fruitless Fall) defines as “foods that are what they are because of where they come from.” In a dozen informative and often funny essays spanning breakfast to dinner, Jacobsen deploys an open mind as he travels across North America and Mexico to demystify such curiosities as why the Yakima Valley in eastern Washington State produces a superior apple, how the red earth and algae-filled waters of Prince Edward Island in Canada conspire to create the delicious terroir-driven local dish of mussels and fries, and what makes chocolate “our most complex food.” In each case, the answer is ecological and involves the specific interplay of biological, chemical, and geological factors that make an environment and, in turn, its food unique. To underscore that thought, each essay ends with recipes and a resource list. Throughout, Jacobsen cites fellow food writers, including Richard Manning, Michael Pollan, and Hugh Johnson. But beyond issues of slow food and sustainability, Jacobsen’s affable, nerdy DIY spirit (he brewed his own mead for his wedding) challenges readers to rethink their relationship to food. (from Publishers Weekly)(25.00, Bloomsbury USA)
-David Burke’s New American Classics by Judith Choate- In this original and challenging cookbook, meatloaf is a starting point rather than a destination. Having introduced the world to smoked salmon pastrami and goat cheese lollipops, the executive chef and co-owner of davidburke & donatella is known for his quirky, often humorous sensibility in the kitchen. Here, he turns his attention to American comfort food. The guiding principal is that once a cook masters a classic recipe, he or she can transform it into haute cuisine—and then use the leftovers to create something else entirely. Eggs benedict is transformed into a Canadian Bacon and Onion Potato Cake with Poached Eggs and Spicy Tomato Salsa; the following day it becomes Bacon, Potato, and Eggs Strudel. It’s in these second-day dishes that Burke displays his whimsy. Few cooks, after all, make Oatmeal Gougères, Barbecued Chicken Sticky Buns, and Coconut Cheesecake Beignets with Red Fruit Sorbet and Berries at home. These are convenient, creative solutions, but they are not shortcuts; even the “classics” go a few steps beyond basic and require considerable skill and time. The results, however, are almost always worth the effort. 16 pages of color photos. (40.00, Knopf)
-Alinea by Grant Achatz- The dishes at Grant Achatz’s award-winning Chicago restaurant Alinea are entirely new, yet what diners taste often resurrects their most cherished food memories. Achatz has said that flavor is memory, and of all the ways in which Alinea appeals to the senses, it’s flavor that he has harnessed and reinvented in a kitchen that never rests on its laurels. (Although, Achatz has employed everything from smoking oak leaves to cinnamon torches to impart flavor, so who’s to say that laurel branches are out of the question?) For a menu as ambitious as Alinea’s, its cookbook incarnation is as clear a window into a chef’s creative process as you could hope for, buttressed by stunning photography and thoughtful essays from Achatz and food literati Michael Ruhlman and Jeffrey Steingarten, among others. This doesn’t mean necessarily that you’ll cook from Alinea often, or perhaps ever: the 600 recipes are composed precisely to show that any motivated cook can recreate Alinea’s dishes at home, but to do so may be missing the point. What makes Alinea remarkable–and unlike any other cookbook on the shelf–is its passionate insistence that there isn’t just one recipe for being a cook. –Anne Bartholomew (50.00, Achatz)
-Heston’s Fantastical Feasts- There is no meal on this planet or any other that Heston Blumenthal can’t prepare. In spring 2009, on his British television series Heston’s Feasts, he re-created the impossible “Drink Me” potion from Alice in Wonderland and reinvented Henry VIII ‘s mythical Cockentrice. In Heston’s Fantastical Feasts, the chef extraordinaire prepares six incredible new feasts inspired by history, literature, and legend, and takes us along for the ride.
In this imaginatively illustrated book, each chapter charts the realization of a feast, with its challenges and ideas, culminating with the final recipes. The book consists of a Willy Wonka Feast, a Fairy Tale Feast, an Edwardian Feast, a Gothic Feast, a ’70s Feast, and—of course—a Feast of the Future. Delving deep into the world of each dish, Blumenthal creates poison apples, transforms pumpkins into carriages, and builds Edwardian gingerbread houses with sugar windows. Scouring Italy for rare mushrooms and Switzerland for wild boar, he records the journeys and inspiration behind each meal, laying it all out in grandly illustrated detail. Witness his delectable riffs on Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham and Roald Dahl’s Lickable Wallpaper, and even try the recipe if you dare. (45.00, Bloomsbury)
-The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal- The cookbook hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “showstopper” and by Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue as “the most glorious spectacle of the season…like no other book I have seen in the past twenty years” is now available in a reduced-price edition. With a reduced trim size but an identical interior, this lavishly illustrated, stunningly designed, and gorgeously photographed masterpiece takes you inside the head of maverick restaurateur Heston Blumenthal. Separated into three sections (History; Recipes; Science), the book chronicles Blumenthal’s improbable rise to fame and, for the first time, offers a mouth-watering and eye-popping selection of recipes from his award-winning restaurant. He also explains the science behind his culinary masterpieces, the technology and implements that make his alchemical dishes come to life. Designed by acclaimed artist Dave McKean—and filled with photographs by Dominic Davies—this artfully rendered celebration of one of the world’s most innovative and renowned chefs is a foodie’s dream. (50.00, Bloomsbury)
-Dessert FourPlay- Consider the strawberry: its familiar flavor and texture; its fresh, sweet smell. Now imagine the same fruit distilled and carbonated for a refreshing soda, slow-roasted for a reinvented strawberry shortcake, made into a creamy strawberry ice cream and a chewy strawberry leather, and combined with coconut cream and crisp chocolate pastry. Alone, each dessert is a taste of paradise, but together this “fourplay,” or tasting, created by Johnny Iuzzini, superstar pastry chef of the celebrated four-star restaurant Jean Georges in New York, is a sophisticated explosion of a familiar flavor that begins with the taste of strawberry rich on your tongue and ends with an effervescent tingle in your nose.
Far from the conventional slice of cake at the end of a meal, Johnny’s seasonal creations—four mini desserts in a quartet of complementary flavors and textures—are a culinary adventure. In Dessert FourPlay, he shares his secrets and inspirations, delivering standout recipes for incredible desserts that can be served alone or combined into his signature fourplay groupings, creating the perfect sweet finale for any meal. (35.00, Clarkson Potter)
The Virginia House-wife by Mary Randolph- This is considered by some to be the first truly American cookbook and by all to be the first regional American cookbook. This work is still in print and still forms the basis of traditional Virginia cooking. It has been praised by many culinary authorities both for its delineation of authentic Virginia foods and its careful attention to detail. Upon its first appearance in 1824 it was an immediate success and it was republished at least nineteen times before the outbreak of the Civil War. In addition, copies appeared in the late nineteenth century and modern Southern authors aften reference it. The recipes in The Virginia House-Wife are simply splendid. It contains a number of Southern specialties, some appearing in print for the first time: Ochra Soup, Catfish Soup, Barbecued Shote (“This is the name given in the southern states to a fat young hog”), Curry of Catfish, Ochra and Tomatoes; Gumbo (“A West India Dish”), Chicken Pudding (“A Favourite Virginia Dish”), Field Peas, Apoquiniminc Cakes (a form of beaten biscuits). Clearly we are in the South. But Mrs. Randolph knew about much more than Southern cooking; she includes recipes from England, France, Spain, the East Indies, the West Indies and New England (Dough Nuts – A Yankee Cake), among others. Her Spanish dishes are most intriguing: Gaspacho, Ropa Vieja and Ollo. We find polenta, vermicelli, macaroni and curry. We find recipes for corning, for fricando and fricassee, for haricot and matelote and salmagundi; we have a-la-modes, a-la-daubes and a-la-cremes. We learn how to caveach fish and to pitchcock eels. Mrs.Randolph tells us how to pickle several dozen items, including oysters, sturgeon, lemons, onions, nasturtiums, radish pods, English walnuts, peppers, green nectarines and asparagus. Anyone who doubts that early Americans savored salads and vegetables need only look at what Mrs. Randolph offers. There are recipes for artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, French beans, Jerusalem artichokes, lima beans, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, potato pumpkin, red beet roots, salsify, savoy cabbage, sea kale, sorrel, spinach, sprouts and young greens, squash, sweet potatoes, turnips, turnip tops, winter squash, onions, and tomatoes. Indeed, Mrs. Randolph has seventeen recipes using tomatoes in the various editions of her cookbook. This provides further evidence to correct the misinformation that Americans did not use tomatoes prior to the mid-nineteenth century. We should mention Mrs. Randolph’s wondrous ice-cream recipes. There are twenty-two flavors, plus variations, including black walnut, pineapple, quince, peach, pear, chocolate, citron and almond. (29.95, University of South Carolina Press)
The Charleston Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South by Holly Herrick- “The Charleston Chef’s Table profiles of more than sixty of the city’s best restaurants and offers a signature recipe from each. From roadside dives to upscale eateries, Southern to Chinese, author Holly Herrick winnows Charleston’s 1,500 restaurants down to her top picks. Complementing the text are full-color photographs, as well as sidebars that highlight this city’s 300-year history.” (24.95, Three Forks)
Cooking up a Storm: Lost & Found From The Times-Picayune by Marcelle Bienvenu- After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans thousands of people lost their keepsakes and family treasures forever. As residents started to rebuild their lives The Times-Picayune of New Orleans became a post-hurricane swapping place for old recipes that were washed away in the storm. The newspaper has compiled 250 of these delicious authentic recipes along with the stories about how they came to be and who created them. Cooking Up a Storm includes the very best of classic and contemporary New Orleans cuisine from seafood and meat to desserts and cocktails. But it also tells the story recipe by recipe of one of the great food cities in the world and the determination of its citizens to preserve and safeguard their culinary legacy. (24.95, Chronicle Books)
Sweets: Soul Food Desserts & Memories by Patty Pinner- In this sweetly sentimental cookbook, Pinner shares “plain old down-home confections” and her childhood memories of the lively women who created them: Mama, “My My” (her grandmother), “Aints” Lula and Pinky, “Cud’n” Flossie and more. In addition to the standard pound cakes, fruit cobblers and cookies of most home-baking books, she relates some truly original recipes, like Cud’n Bertise’s Mashed Potato Fudge and Cud’n Merle’s Mississippi Bean Fudge, which “doesn’t taste one bit like beans,” she assures. The exhaustive section on pies includes Egg Pie, Old-Fashioned Sugar Pie, Cantaloupe Pie, Butter Bean Pie, White Potato Pie and others, proving that one can make a pie out of just about anything-or even a Little of Nothing (the name for a pie that calls for only milk, sugar, flour, vanilla, butter and cinnamon, whose recipe came from Miss Nellie, the only white woman among Pinner’s pantheon of cooks). The recipes and story snippets are punctuated with snapshots of family gatherings in small-town Michigan and Pinner’s concoctions, making this a nice, nostalgic collection of desserts. (10.95, Ten Speed Press)
Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (With Recipes) by Julia Reed-
Julia Reed spends a lot of time thinking about ham biscuits. And cornbread and casseroles and the surprisingly modern ease of donning a hostess gown for one’s own party. In Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties Julia Reed collects her thoughts on good cooking and the lessons of gracious entertaining that pass from one woman to another, and takes the reader on a lively and very personal tour of the culinary—and social—South. In essays on everything from pork chops to the perfect picnic Julia Reed revels in the simple good qualities that make the Southern table the best possible place to pull up a chair. She expounds on: the Southerner’s relentless penchant for using gelatin; why most things taste better with homemade mayonnaise; the necessity of a holiday milk punch (and, possibly, a Santa hat); how best to “cook for compliments” (at least one squash casserole and Lee Bailey’s barbequed veal are key). She provides recipes for some of the region’s best-loved dishes (cheese straws, red velvet cake, breakfast shrimp), along with her own variations on the classics, including Fried Oysters Rockefeller Salad and Creole Crab Soup. She also elaborates on worthwhile information every hostess would do well to learn: the icebreaking qualities of a Ramos gin fizz and a hot crabmeat canapé, for example; the “wow factor” intrinsic in a platter of devilled eggs or a giant silver punchbowl filled with scoops of homemade ice cream. Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties another great book about the South from Julia Reed, a writer who makes her experiences in—and out of—the kitchen a joy to read. (14.95, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Real Cajun by Donald Link- If bacon does not immediately come to mind as an essential ingredient of Cajun cooking, then clearly you have been missing Link, the chef-owner of two New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint and Cochon. He not only begins his premiere cookbook with instructions on making four pounds of homemade bacon, he includes such tempting items as a fried oyster and bacon sandwich, tomato and bacon pie, and catfish fried in bacon fat. Even in his vegetarian twice-baked potatoes, he cannot help mentioning, Normally I like crisp bits of bacon in stuffed potatoes. And where bacon leads, the rest of the pig is sure to follow. A classic boudin recipe is rich in pork liver and shoulder; deer sausage combines venison with pork butt; and a hearty/scary breakfast dish, oreilles de cochon (pig ears), is boudin-stuffed beignets. There is also plenty of crawfish, be it in a crawfish pie, a traditional boil or in a boulette (deep fried balls of crawfish meat and stuffing). A bourbon cherry lemonade or a plate of fresh peach buckle would cleanse the palate nicely, Eighty color photos enhance Link’s efforts, as do his brief meditations on crawfish farming, family gatherings and the joys of making a perfect roux. (35.00, Clarkson Potter)
Hearty Country Cooking, Savory Southern Favorites by Mark Sohn- Nominated for a James Beard Award, this collection of mouth-watering recipes showcases the best foods of the South. Approximately 300 savory recipes exemplify the current trends in Appalachian cooking.
Letters to a Young Chef by Daniel Boulud- From the reinvention of French food through the fine dining revolution in America, Daniel Boulud has been a witness to and a creator of today’s food culture. In Letters to a Young Chef, Boulud speaks not only of how to make a career as a chef in today’s world, but also of why one should want to do so in the first place. As he himself puts it, it is “a tasty life.” The love of food and the obsession with flavors, ingredients, and techniques are the chef’s source of strength, helping the young chef to survive and flourish during the long years of apprenticeship and their necessary sacrifices. Part memoir, part advice book, part cookbook, part reverie, this delicious new book will delight and enlighten chefs of all kinds, from passionate amateurs to serious professionals.
The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine by John D. Folse- Chef Folse’s seventh cookbook is the authoritative collection on Louisiana’s culture and cuisine.The book features more than 850 full-color pages, dynamic historical Louisiana photographs and more than 700 recipes. You will not only find step-by-step directions to preparing everything from a roux to a cochon de lait, but you will also learn about the history behind these recipes. Cajun and Creole cuisine was influenced by seven nations that settled Louisiana, from the Native Americans to the Italian immigrants of the 1800s. Learn about the significant contributions each culture made-okra seeds carried here by African slaves, classic French recipes recalled by the Creoles, the sausage-making skills of the Germans-and more. Relive the adventure and romance that shaped Louisiana, and recreate the recipes enjoyed in Cajun cabins, plantation kitchens and New Orleans restaurants. (55.95)
After the Hunt: Louisiana’s Authoritative Collection of Wild Game Recipes by John D. Folse- After the Hunt explores man’s hunting history from cave man through American colonization. Travel through time as ancient man learns to create tools, nets and traps for hunting then, cultivates a gluttonous taste for wild game delicacies and grand game banquets that continue for days. From China to Egypt from Greece to Rome, the hunt was a revered sport that prepared men for war. Visit game parks of the noblemen and review the hunting privileges that were reserved for the aristocracy alone. Through Medieval Europe to the Renaissance the hunt was immortalized in paintings, tapestries, china, furniture, symphonies and song. With every page the reader comes to understand that man’s love affair with hunting is not just about the kill, but about the pursuit of an ancient, innate treasure. Conquer the wilds of North America with early colonists and travel down the Mississippi River to the “Land of Louis” for a glimpse into Louisiana’s magnificent hunting camps. After the Hunt is a compilation of countless historical images, dazzling color and tantalizing food photography that pays proper homage to Louisiana as Sportsman’s Paradise and to the hunter of yesterday, today and tomorrow. More than 500 unique game and game fish recipes are included in this 870-page tome. Whether you’re cooking wild boar or woodcock, squirrel or squab, teal or tuna, you’ll find a unique recipe in this book. Tallyho! (55.95)
Iron Pots & Wooden Spoons:Africa’s Gifts to New World Cooking by Jessica B. Harris- Cajun, Creole, and Caribbean dishes all have their roots in the cooking of West and Central Africa; the peanuts, sweet potatoes, rice, cassava, plantains, and chile pepper that star in the cuisines of New Orleans, Puerto Rico, and Brazil are as important in the Old World as they are in the New World. In Iron Pots and Wooden Spoons, esteemed culinary historian and cookbook author Jessica Harris returns to the source to trace the ways in which African food has migrated to the New World and transformed the way we eat. From condiments to desserts, Harris shares more than 175 recipes that find their roots and ingredients in Africa, from Sand-roasted Peanuts to Curried Coconut Soup, from Pepper Rum to Candied Sweet Potatoes, from Beaten Biscuits to Jamaica Chicken Run Down, from Shortening Bread to Ti-Punch. (16.95)
Hooks, Lies, & Alibis by John D. Folse- With book lovers still reeling from Chef John Folse s wild game cookbook, a new book, Hooks, Lies & Alibis, has emerged. Hooks, Lies & Alibis is a tribute to Louisiana s time-honored fish and seafood tradition and cuisine.
Folse took special care to include a variety of cooking methods to showcase Louisiana s brimming waters. While some recipes feature traditional frying and sautéing techniques, Folse was sure to include mouth-watering recipes for roasting, grilling, boiling, poaching and steaming fish and shellfish. Just as After the Hunt presented unique recipes for preparing wild game, Hooks, Lies & Alibis offers folks new ways of preparing the fish and shellfish we all love to eat.
I like fried bass as much as the next guy, but why not try steamed whole bass with ginger and spring onions? Folse said. I love fried oysters, too, but peppered oysters with cognac and cream is unbelievable. These recipes aren t hard to make; we ve just presented an interesting way to use the same ingredients without exerting extra effort in the kitchen. (55.95)
Charleston Receipts by the Junior League of Charleston- This rare collection of recipes is America’s oldest existing Junior League cookbook. It reflects Charleston’s 300-year history of Southern cooking at its best. Inducted into the Walter S. McIlhenny Community Cookbook Hall of Fame with more than 650,000 sold! (19.95)
The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert W.A. Schmid- Once thought to be only the tipple of southern gentlemen and the companion of confederate roughnecks, bourbon has gained a steady resurgence in popularity over the years with an ever-expanding and diverse audience. A beverage distilled almost exclusively in Kentucky, bourbon has attained prominence and appreciation for its complexity, history, and tradition. In The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook, Albert Schmid provides readers with the best recipes using the famous spirit of the Bluegrass. From classic Kentucky cocktails such as the Mint Julep, to bourbon inspired desserts, such as Bourbon-Pecan Crème Brulée with Chocolate Sauce, and more savory fare, such as Steaks with Bourbon Ginger Sauce, this book supplies recipes for every course. Schmid uses the four distinct seasons of the Bluegrass State to guide the reader through this rich collection of bourbon dishes and color photographs. In many ways a lesson on the flavor profiles that pair with and improve the flavor of bourbon, this book can be used by the home cook and the professional chef alike for inspiration to create new dishes. Much more than just a cookbook, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook recounts bourbon lore, food traditions, and Kentucky history, giving the reader a full appreciation of America’s native spirit. (24.95)
Grit Cookbook by Jessica Greene- The Grit, located in the quintessential boho town of Athens, Georgia, is known far and wide as the touring musicians’ restaurant of choice. This classic cookbook features 150 of The Grit’s most requested recipes, including 20 new recipes to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this famous establishment. True to its Southern roots, this hip vegetarian eatery combines soul-food sensibility with meatless cuisine, and while there are plenty of Italian, Indian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern favorites to satisfy the well-traveled vegetarian, the heart of this cuisine maintains the down-home, soul-food feeling of simple foods and classic combinations that are guaranteed to please. (18.95)
Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, The City Where Food is Almost Everything by Tom Fitzmorris- In Tom Fitzmorris’s Hungry Town, Fitzmorris movingly describes the disappearance of New Orleans’s food culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its triumphant comeback—an essential element in the city’s recovery. He leads up to it with a recent history of New Orleans dining before the hurricane, from the Creole craze of the 1980s to the opening of restaurants by big-name chefs like Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Fitzmorris’s coverage of the heroic return of the city’s chefs after Katrina highlights the importance of local cooking traditions to a community. The book includes recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in the story, and numerous sidebars informed by Fitzmorris’s long career writing about this delicious city. (24.95)
Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery and Book of Sweetmeats by Karen Hess- This is the family cookbook Martha Washington kept and used for fifty years, with over five hundred classic recipes dating largely from Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the golden age of English cookery. (32.00)
Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, & Recipes by Mark Sohn- Mark F. Sohn’s classic book, Mountain Country Cooking, was a James Beard Award nominee in 1997. In Appalachian Home Cooking, Sohn expands and improves upon his earlier work by using his extensive knowledge of cooking to uncover the romantic secrets of Appalachian food, both within and beyond the kitchen. The foods of Appalachia are the medium for the history of a creative culture and a proud people. This is the story of pigs and chickens, corn and beans, and apples and peaches as they reflect the culture that has grown from the region’s topography, climate, and soil. Sohn unfolds the ways of a table that blends Native American, Eastern European, Scotch—Irish, black, and Hispanic influences to become something new — and uniquely American. Sohn shows how food traditions in Appalachia have developed over two centuries from dinner on the grounds, church picnics, school lunches, and family reunions as he celebrates regional signatures such as dumplings, moonshine, and country ham. Food and folkways go hand in hand as he examines wild plants, cast-iron cookware, and the nature of the Appalachian homeplace. Appalachian Home Cooking celebrates mountain food at its best. In addition to a thorough discussion of Appalachian food history and culture, Sohn offers over eighty classic recipes, as well as mail-order sources, information on Appalachian food festivals, photographs, poetry, a glossary of Appalachian and cooking terms, menus for holidays and seasons, and a list of the top 100 Appalachian foods. (26.00)
The New Blue Ridge Cookbook by Elizabeth Wiegand- Freelance food writer Elizabeth Wiegand (The Outer Banks Cookbook) turns her attention to North Carolina’s famed Blue Ridge Mountains for this unique collection of old and new local specialties. After a short history of the region, Wiegand offers recipes for starting off the day with Sweet Potato Pancakes, homemade chicken sausage, or “Mountain Pie,” a regional favorite from Blacksburg, Virginia that’s a riff on traditional blueberry cobbler topped with fruit instead of streusel. Wild Mushroom Rugelach is a savory twist on a sweet favorite, and Green Goddess Chevre dressing, chicken soup with wild ramps, and Grilled Apple Ginger Trout Fillets are inspired. An amiable and enthusiastic host, Wiegand guides readers through the region, offering advice on berry picking (“remember that bears and field mice also like blueberries, and snakes like the mice”), a short history of moonshine, and getting the most out of a country ham. Though she occasionally gets a little too local, dishes such as a simple, yet pitch-perfect Chicken Fried Steak, Applejack and Cider-Brined Pork Chops, and the sophisticated Grilled New York Strip with Bourbon Onions, Swiss Chard and Confit Potatoes bring redemption. (18.95)
Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America by Frederick Douglass Opie- Frederick Opie’s culinary history is an insightful portrait of the social and religious relationship between people of African descent and their cuisine. Beginning with the Atlantic slave trade and concluding with the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Opie composes a global history of African American foodways and the concept of soul itself, revealing soul food to be an amalgamation of West and Central African social and cultural influences as well as the adaptations blacks made to the conditions of slavery and freedom in the Americas.
Soul is the style of rural folk culture, embodying the essence of suffering, endurance, and survival. Soul food comprises dishes made from simple, inexpensive ingredients that remind black folk of their rural roots. Sampling from travel accounts, periodicals, government reports on food and diet, and interviews with more than thirty people born before 1945, Opie reconstructs an interrelated history of Moorish influence on the Iberian Peninsula, the African slave trade, slavery in the Americas, the emergence of Jim Crow, the Great migration, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. His grassroots approach reveals the global origins of soul food, the forces that shaped its development, and the distinctive cultural collaborations that occurred among Africans, Asians, Europeans, and Americans throughout history.
Hog and Hominy traces the class- and race-inflected attitudes toward black folk’s food in the African diaspora as it evolved in Brazil, the Caribbean, the American South, and such northern cities as Chicago and New York, mapping the complex cultural identity of African Americans as itdeveloped through eating habits over hundreds of years. (17.95)
Atlanta Kitchens: Recipes from Atlanta’s Best Restaurants by Krista Reese- Atlanta-based food writer Reese takes readers on a culinary tour of her hometown in this handsome but hit-or-miss collection. Some dishes (Pimento Cheese, Cobb Salad, Croque Monsieur, Macaroni and Cheese, etc.) are so basic it’s clear their inclusion is meant as a nod to the restaurant that offered the recipe. Of greater interest are riffs on regional classics, such as the Horseradish Grill’s Fried Green Tomatoes, with its remoulade sauce and spicy roasted pecans, and Repast’s flavor-packed Butter-Poached Shrimp and Grits. Reese offers multiple versions for local favorite fried chicken and greens (pot likker included), and the humble catfish gets star treatment in Wisteria’s Catfish with Green Tomato Ragout. Ingenious surprises include Chef Linton Hopkins’ Corn Milk-Poached Maine Lobster Tail with Gratin of Mustard and Blood Orange Reduction Sauce (which, surprisingly, only calls for six ingredients) and The Blue Bicycle’s succulent Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs with Saffron Risotto. Recipes best considered for their novelty include Strawberry Serrano Mussels and Gravity Pub’s terrifying Vandross Burger, which replaces the bun with a glazed Krispy Kreme donut. Atlantans and those familiar with the city’s culinary specialties will get the most out of this volume, but even culinary carpetbaggers should find some happy surprises. (30.00)
Chef John Folse’s Plantation Celebrations: Recipes from our Louisiana Mansions by John D. Folse- (24.95)
Recipes from the Raleigh Tavern Bake Shop by Colonial Williamsburg Foundation- FYI, these are the recipes of the baked goods that have been served in Colonial Williamsburg’s Raleigh Tavern Bakery for decades, including the famous gingerbread cookie recipe, all taken from 200-300 year old cookbooks in the museum’s collection. Each recipe comes in two versions: the original 18th-century version for purists whose hobby is hearth cooking, and a modernized version for those who prefer… (4.00)
Thomas Jefferson’s Cook Book by Marie Kimball- Kimball’s 1976 text, reprinted here in an attractive paperback, contains an engaging description of Jefferson’s enthusiasm for food; his activities in the garden, orchard, and kitchen; and his notions of what constituted health and well being—this entailed consuming wine and vegetables and cooking in the French style. The recipes that follow are taken from a book made by Jefferson’s granddaughter and adopted to modern use. (20.95)
Abita Beer, Cooking Louisiana True: Recipes by Celebrated Chefs Plus the History, Culture, & Customs of Louisiana’s Favorite Beer by Marcelle Bienvenu- Includes over 60 recipes, each one with beer as an ingredient, from New Orleans most celebrated chefs and restaurants, including:
Chef Emeril Lagasse
Chef Susan Spicer, Bayona
Chef Tory McPhail, Commander’s Palace
Chef Paul Prudhomme, K-Paul’s
Chef Brian Landry, Galatoire’s Restaurant
Dickie Brennan’s Palace Cafe & Bourbon House
Chef John Folse
Chef Poppy Tooker
Ralph Brennan’s Bacco & Redfish Grill
Chef Donald Link, Cochon
Chef Bob Iacovane, Cuvee
Chef Kim Kringlie, Dakota
…and dozens more!
The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food & Recipes by Connie Green- In the last decade, the celebration of organic foods, farmer’s markets, and artisanal producers has dovetailed with a renewed passion for wild delicacies. On the forefront of this movement is longtime “huntress” Connie Green, who sells her gathered goods across the country and to Napa Valley’s finest chefs including Thomas Keller and Michael Mina.
Taking readers into the woods and on the roadside, The Wild Table features more than forty wild mushrooms, plants, and berries- from prize morels and chanterelles to fennel, ramps, winter greens, huckleberries, and more. Grouped by season (including Indian Summer), the delectable recipes-from Hedgehog Mushroom and Carmelized Onion Tart and Bacon-Wrapped Duck Stuffed Morels, to homemade Mulberry Ice Cream- provide step-by-step cooking techniques, explain how to find and prepare each ingredient, and feature several signature dishes from noted chefs. Each section also features enchanting essays capturing the essence of each ingredient, along with stories of foraging in the natural world. (40.00)