by Patrick, November 23, 2013 10:37 AM
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.