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Mastering the Art of Southern Cookingby Nathalie Dupree
With all due respect to Julia Child and Mark Bittman, as a born and bred Georgia boy, I'd like to call your attention to Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. A well-honed mélange of English, French, and African traditions, Southern cooking is perhaps the earliest strain of real American cuisine and the ultimate comfort food, as far as I'm concerned. This cookbook is a wide-ranging collection of over 750 recipes covering breakfast to dessert and anything in between. The luscious layer cakes and fluffy biscuits are there, but with recipes ranging from a bright citrus and fennel salad to "Dixie cassoulet" and, of course, mouthwatering collards complete with "pot likker," I promise it's not all about the butter, y'all.
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Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America. -Nathalie Dupree
Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a souffle and turning out the perfect biscuit-all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today's healthy lifestyle.
Making a perfect piecrust, a heavenly biscuit, mouthwatering vegetables, and crispy fried chicken are all attainable when described in such accessible directions. For seasoned cooks as well as kitchen novices-there is plenty here for everyone that cooks anything.
Nathalie Dupree is the author of twelve cookbooks, including two James Beard Award winners: Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining. Her latest books include Shrimp and Grits and Southern Biscuits. She has hosted more than 300 television shows and specials that have shown nationally on PBS, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cynthia Stevens Graubart is an author and former television producer whose culinary television production career includes Nathalie Dupree's New Southern Cooking. Cynthia is also the co-author of The One-Armed Cook, as well as the co-author of Southern Biscuits. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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