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Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in…

Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History

by John Egerton

Other authors: Al Clayton (Photographer), Ann Bleidt Egerton

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This book is a must-have for any fan of Southern cooking or serious student of Southern culture. Be warned, though, that about a third of the book is a survey of eating places across the South, and inevitably quite out of date, since the book is fifteen years old. (Well-traveled fans of Southern food might enjoy it from a nostalgic point of view.) Even without that part of the book, however, it is still worth it, and it has a fantastic bibliography.
  Winter_Maiden | Aug 7, 2009 |
This book is a combination of travel log, cookbook, and some other stuff. Besides the overviews, the main part of the book contains:

Eating Out: Southern Food in Restaurants
Eating In: Southern food at home
Conclusion: "An Elegant Sufficiency"

The bibliography contained in this book is worth the price of the book. The quotes in the sidebars are wonderful. My only quarrel, and it's not really one, is that the author stops short of Texas in his discussion of BBQ. I've sent to roster of restaurants to traveling friends.
  louparris | Feb 5, 2008 |
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Hailed as an instant classic when it appeared in 1987, John Egerton's Southern Food captures the flavor and feel of what it has meant for southerners, over the generations, to gather at the table. This book is for reading, for cooking, for eating (in and out), for referring to, for browsing in, and, above all, for enjoying. Egerton first explores southern food in more than 200 restaurants in eleven southern states; he describes their specialties and recounts his conversations with owners, cooks, waiters, and customers. Then, because some of the best southern cooking is done at home, Egerton offers more than 150 regional recipes, including barbecue, spoonbread, muscadine jam, and key lime pie, with informative and amusing information about each one.

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Explores southern food in more than 200 restaurants in eleven southern states; describing their specialties and recounting conversations with owners, cooks, waiters, and customers. Includes more than 150 regional recipes.

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