Synopses & Reviews
From the food writers who defended lard and demystified gumbo comes a collection of exceptional southern recipes for everyday cooks. tells the story of the brothers' culinary coming-of-age in Charleston--how they triumphed over their northern roots and learned to cook southern without a southern grandmother. Here are recipes for classics like Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, and Pecan Pie, as well as little-known preparations such as St. Cecilia Punch, Pickled Peaches, and Shrimp Burgers. Others bear the hallmark of the brothers' resourceful cooking style--simple, sophisticated dishes like Blackened Potato Salad, Saigon Hoppin' John, and Buttermilk-Sweet Potato Pie that usher southern cooking into the twenty-first century without losing sight of its roots. With helpful sourcing and substitution tips, this is a practical and personal guide that will have readers cooking southern tonight, wherever they live.
"With respect for the past and an enlightened, modern sensibility, the Lee brothers roll up their sleeves and get elbow-deep in Southern cooking in all its sugary, fried goodness. The authors grew up in Charleston, S.C., where they developed a love for boiled peanuts, shrimp and grits, and she-crab soup. Now New Yorkers (and co-proprietors of a mail-order source for Southern pantry staples), the brothers are aware that certain Southern foods have quite a reputation elsewhere in the country ('grits run a close second to lard as the longest-running joke about southern food, perceived by the uninitiated to be a curiosity rather than what they are: a pillar of southern cooking'). As a result, their approach to the cuisine is steeped in research and never snobby. Many recipes are coded 'quick knockout,' meaning they use just a few ingredients and can be prepared relatively quickly (Fried Oysters, Shrimp Burgers). More involved recipes (Lady Baltimore Cake; Kentucky Burgoo, a meat stew) come with fascinating asides on their origins. Classy, matter-of-fact and welcoming, this volume deserves a permanent place on cooks' shelves by day and on bedside tables by night, as a browsable primer on a world and its food. Photos, line drawings." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From "The New York Times" food writers who defended lard and demystified gumbo comes a collection of exceptional Southern recipes. Readers will find delicious recipes for classics like fried chicken, crab cakes, and pecan pie, as well as new creations.
You don't have to be southern to cook southern.
About the Author
Matt Lee and Ted Lee are co-proprietors of The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalog, a mail-order source for southern pantry staples. They write about food, wine, and travel for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Food and Wine.Ted Lee and Matt Lee are co-proprietors of The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalog, a mail-order source for southern pantry staples. They write about food, wine, and travel for the New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Martha Stewart Living, and Food and Wine.