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Edna Lewis--whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic--and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking--Miss Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock's inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes wi Edna Lewis--whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic--and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking--Miss Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock's inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes with the Alabama foods he grew up on, liberally seasoned with Native American, Caribbean, and African influences. Together they have taken neglected traditional recipes unearthed in their years of research together on Southern food and worked out new versions that they have made their own. Together they share their secrets for such Southern basics as pan-fried chicken, creamy grits, and genuine Southern biscuits. Scott Peacock describes how Miss Lewis makes soup by coaxing the essence of flavor from vegetables, and he applies the same principle to his intensely flavored, scrumptious dish of Garlic Braised Shoulder Lamb Chops with Butter Beans and Tomatoes. You'll find all these treasures and more before you even get to the superb cakes (potential "Cakewalk Winners" all), the hand-cranked ice creams, the flaky pies, and homey custards and puddings. Lewis and Peacock include twenty-two seasonal menus, from A Spring Country Breakfast for a Late Sunday Morning and A Summer Dinner of Big Flavors to An Alabama Thanksgiving and A Hearty Dinner for a Cold Winter Night, to show you how to mix and match dishes for a true Southern table. Interwoven throughout the book are warm memories of the people and the traditions that shaped these pure-tasting, genuinely American recipes. The result is a joyful coming together of two extraordinary cooks, sharing their gifts. And they invite you to join them.


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Edna Lewis--whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic--and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking--Miss Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock's inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes wi Edna Lewis--whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic--and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking--Miss Lewis's Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock's inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes with the Alabama foods he grew up on, liberally seasoned with Native American, Caribbean, and African influences. Together they have taken neglected traditional recipes unearthed in their years of research together on Southern food and worked out new versions that they have made their own. Together they share their secrets for such Southern basics as pan-fried chicken, creamy grits, and genuine Southern biscuits. Scott Peacock describes how Miss Lewis makes soup by coaxing the essence of flavor from vegetables, and he applies the same principle to his intensely flavored, scrumptious dish of Garlic Braised Shoulder Lamb Chops with Butter Beans and Tomatoes. You'll find all these treasures and more before you even get to the superb cakes (potential "Cakewalk Winners" all), the hand-cranked ice creams, the flaky pies, and homey custards and puddings. Lewis and Peacock include twenty-two seasonal menus, from A Spring Country Breakfast for a Late Sunday Morning and A Summer Dinner of Big Flavors to An Alabama Thanksgiving and A Hearty Dinner for a Cold Winter Night, to show you how to mix and match dishes for a true Southern table. Interwoven throughout the book are warm memories of the people and the traditions that shaped these pure-tasting, genuinely American recipes. The result is a joyful coming together of two extraordinary cooks, sharing their gifts. And they invite you to join them.

30 review for The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryann Uden

    I know what you are thinking - a cookbook, Ryann? Really? Yes! I have an unreasonable fascination with Southern Cooking and I devoured this cookbook like it was a big ol' bowl of peach cobbler smothered in hand-churned vanilla ice cream. Written by two great chefs, each from a different generation and a different part of the South, the recipes also describe Southern heritage and friendships. A beautiful book that I might just need to add to my own personal collection. I cannot wait to try many o I know what you are thinking - a cookbook, Ryann? Really? Yes! I have an unreasonable fascination with Southern Cooking and I devoured this cookbook like it was a big ol' bowl of peach cobbler smothered in hand-churned vanilla ice cream. Written by two great chefs, each from a different generation and a different part of the South, the recipes also describe Southern heritage and friendships. A beautiful book that I might just need to add to my own personal collection. I cannot wait to try many of the recipes contained. A wonderful read as well as a resource.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah KKKKKKKK irnon

    MUST MUST MUST have on your shelf, Edna Lewis ended her days living with Scott peacock, From the stories in this cookbook this man truly respects the skills of this culinary legend. I have tried 90 % of the recipes , and everyone of them executes well, in my estimation , that makes this a damn good cookbook. Whoop whoop.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Andenes

    Long before I knew who these two people were I saw an article in Food and Wine with Thanksgiving recipes. It was Lewis and Peacock. The Ultimate Mac and Cheese is to die for. And Edna's dressing (or stuffing) for the turkey was spot on. I had been making these for years before I knew there was a book. Gotta cut down on the cookbooks. Hungry for the old time simple stick to your ribs food? Then you should try this. Simple ingredients and technique. But all about the best and freshest food you can Long before I knew who these two people were I saw an article in Food and Wine with Thanksgiving recipes. It was Lewis and Peacock. The Ultimate Mac and Cheese is to die for. And Edna's dressing (or stuffing) for the turkey was spot on. I had been making these for years before I knew there was a book. Gotta cut down on the cookbooks. Hungry for the old time simple stick to your ribs food? Then you should try this. Simple ingredients and technique. But all about the best and freshest food you can get. And you don't have to be Southern to love it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    O Babs

    Not a patch on The Taste of Country Cooking, which is written with the authentic voice of Edna Lewis. By contrast, the writing here is almost entirely by Peacock. Recipes use a LOT of mayonnaise -- a style of Southern eating that is far removed from Edna Lewis's tradition. Not a patch on The Taste of Country Cooking, which is written with the authentic voice of Edna Lewis. By contrast, the writing here is almost entirely by Peacock. Recipes use a LOT of mayonnaise -- a style of Southern eating that is far removed from Edna Lewis's tradition.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Very good meat recipes. We liked everything, but pretty simple stuff. I'd love to eat the fried chicken and the pork roast again Very good meat recipes. We liked everything, but pretty simple stuff. I'd love to eat the fried chicken and the pork roast again

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hugh

    Skimmed it, recipes I wouldn't make Skimmed it, recipes I wouldn't make

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I found a few recipes and suggestions that I will copy, but most of the recipes are not palatable to me or are too involved for me to attempt at this time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashani

    Best of Southern cooking: CHECKED !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margery Osborne

    not as good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Hammond

    This was awesome! Not just a cookbook - fun and interesting stories about Edna Lewis. I loved stories behind recipes - some of them reminded me of childhood meals and experiences. The recipes combined with the stories made me want to try recipes for foods I have never had. This is the kind of cookbook I would like to own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    I think if I could have one Southern cookbook, this might be it ... which is saying something, because I have about 25 Southern cookbooks. This book has the tried and true recipes that you want to make -- for example, I want the very best recipe for biscuits, and I also would like a little of the history behind it, and the "secret" tips for how to make them perfect. This book delivers, with two recipes -- one for "angel biscuits," which are buttermilk biscuits with added yeast, and then traditio I think if I could have one Southern cookbook, this might be it ... which is saying something, because I have about 25 Southern cookbooks. This book has the tried and true recipes that you want to make -- for example, I want the very best recipe for biscuits, and I also would like a little of the history behind it, and the "secret" tips for how to make them perfect. This book delivers, with two recipes -- one for "angel biscuits," which are buttermilk biscuits with added yeast, and then traditional buttermilk biscuits. I had a "biscuit bake-off" of sorts, and this book's recipes were by far the winners. Overall, the recipes in this book outshine other traditional Southern books, such as Paula Deen's cookbook or others, because they're not just traditional, they are the very best traditional recipes. This book is bound to be my go-to Southern recipe book for years to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is an excellent book on southern cooking. Because many of the recipes use regional, in-season ingredients it has classic southern recipes and some long-forgotten ones. Since the growing season in the South is long this book has many of the recipes needed to make relishes or jellies from late season vegetables. Chow-chow is my absolute favorite along with tomato gravy and chess pie. The book has commentary and tips throughout and gives readers a good understanding of the chefs, techniques an This is an excellent book on southern cooking. Because many of the recipes use regional, in-season ingredients it has classic southern recipes and some long-forgotten ones. Since the growing season in the South is long this book has many of the recipes needed to make relishes or jellies from late season vegetables. Chow-chow is my absolute favorite along with tomato gravy and chess pie. The book has commentary and tips throughout and gives readers a good understanding of the chefs, techniques and ingredients. I read a lot of cookbooks and love southern cooking and this is by far one of the best I've read. If you get any cookbook on classic southern cooking, make it this one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Mckinstry

    Classic southern dishes. I've been trying to remake many of the memories I have from my South Carolina grandmother's spectactular meals, some successfull re-creations and some, not-so-much. This book by Edna and Scott, has many of the flavors and tastes I remember from those early days in the old South. Classic southern dishes. I've been trying to remake many of the memories I have from my South Carolina grandmother's spectactular meals, some successfull re-creations and some, not-so-much. This book by Edna and Scott, has many of the flavors and tastes I remember from those early days in the old South.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    After my tiny Kentucky grandmother passed away, I wrote to relatives to ask if they had her peach cobbler recipe. No one did but they all wished they had it. None of us could make it like hers. I think I discovered why in an optional take for a recipe in this book! 💚 The book is a pleasant read in any case and made me nostalgic for visits to relatives' southern kitchens. After my tiny Kentucky grandmother passed away, I wrote to relatives to ask if they had her peach cobbler recipe. No one did but they all wished they had it. None of us could make it like hers. I think I discovered why in an optional take for a recipe in this book! 💚 The book is a pleasant read in any case and made me nostalgic for visits to relatives' southern kitchens.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    If you love to cook and eat great food, this is the book. The flavors are true to the South. I' ve made most of the receipes. You do have to corral your grease gene and cut some lard from the ingredients or have a standing appoint with a cardiologist! If you love to cook and eat great food, this is the book. The flavors are true to the South. I' ve made most of the receipes. You do have to corral your grease gene and cut some lard from the ingredients or have a standing appoint with a cardiologist!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I have made the angel biscuits a few times...her iced tea is the best method around and tonight I am making Grandmaw Peacock's Chicken and Rice! This is a fantastic cookbook..I have it checked out from the library, but this is a definite future purchase! I have made the angel biscuits a few times...her iced tea is the best method around and tonight I am making Grandmaw Peacock's Chicken and Rice! This is a fantastic cookbook..I have it checked out from the library, but this is a definite future purchase!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Greenhalgh

    seriously inspirational and one of the most underrated cook books ever. every chef and cook should own a copy. I'm lucky enough to have met and lunched with Scott and he's every bit as wonderful as his and Edna's book. if you never buy another cookbook again make sure you have this. seriously inspirational and one of the most underrated cook books ever. every chef and cook should own a copy. I'm lucky enough to have met and lunched with Scott and he's every bit as wonderful as his and Edna's book. if you never buy another cookbook again make sure you have this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nat Koe

    Wonderful cookbook on southern cooking. This is a great book for those that like to garden and want to know recipes that our grandmothers and great grandmothers used for every item in the garden. This book is definitive on southern cooking.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    love love love love it. everything in here is pure gold. also, not a single recipe calls for olive oil. :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is my favorite Southern cookbook. We use it all the time. Often, I have to make changes to make things a little healthier but I just love Edna Lewis so much!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is where my sweet tea addiction began for me - awesome!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    The Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Receipe is my favorite.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    An amazing story of friendship over and about food...plus a perfect pie crust.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Gorman

    Edna Lewis is one of a few cooks with which I would have loved to spend a weekend - at her elbow with tons of questions!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book comes across as pretentious and tedious.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Continuing to embrace my Southern heritage through food. This one is exceptional!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cecelia

    Edna is such a wonderful cook and story teller, I love her recipies

  28. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    Edna Lewis is the acknowledged queen of Southern cuisine and her cookbooks are chock full of information in addition to recipes

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard Boyett

    I normally don't include cook books in my goodreads adventures but this book was a pleasure. I normally don't include cook books in my goodreads adventures but this book was a pleasure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catharine

    If I could only keep one cookbook, this would be it. A treasure.

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