Looking for a good southern cookbook


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 Looking for a gift for a friend who is moving to South Carolina and wants to learn more about southern cooking. I would appreciate any suggestions.
Joined Feb 1, 2007
There are so many good ones, Nicko, it's hard to choose. But here's a selection.

Anything with Edna Lewis' name on it, but in particular The Taste of Country Cooking.

Art Smith's, Kitchen Life: Real Food for Real Families, which we recently reviewed.

Many of James Villas' titles, but especially My Mother's Southern Kitchen, The Glory of Southern Cooking, and his brand new, Pig: King of the Southern Table.   

And, for a great look at the culture of Southern food, Joe Dabney's wonderful Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, & Scuppernong Wine.

For a look at what happens when a Southern food background runs into form training at a French culinary school, have them check out Virginia Willis' Bon Appetit, Y'all.


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I've found very good results from Damon Lee Fowler's various books,  especially his Classic Southern Cooking. His work has shaped my Southern style cooking more than anyone else I can point to.

Recently, Real Cajun by Donald Link has taken a high spot for the Louisiana food.

I wasn't impressed with Villas' Glory of Southern Cooking just to contradict KYH, though it seems I gave it better comments after reading it initially than I currently remember it. http://www.cheftalk.com/forum/thread/49075/review-of-the-glory-of-southern-cooking-by-james-villas
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"the heritage of southern cooking" by camille glenn is a very good book, especially for someone just moving to the south. it has all of the standards of southern cooking along with a lot of history and stories about the food. 550 recipes of classic southern cuisine.

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