Jacket (2)The Southerner’s Cookbook has a little something for everybody: the
traditional southern cook looking for inspiration from seasoned chefs, new cooks looking to capture the flavor of the south, and readers seeking wisdom and humor from some of their favorite food and culture writers like Julia Reed, Roy Blount, Jr., and the Lee Brothers.

For those watching their diet, one might have to pick and choose among the mouth-watering recipes in The Southerner’s Cookbook. A little indulgence now and again never hurts though, and John T. Edge advises at the opening of the cookbook: “As anyone who grew up on the food can attest, life without a little South in your mouth at least once in a while is a bland and dreary prospect.”

While the cookbook is comprehensive, from appetizers and meats, to baked
goods and cocktails, some of my favorite recipes were in the healthy bean
category: Butter Bean Succotash, Smoky Soup Beans, Hoppin’ John, Spicy
Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya. The Southerner’s Cookbook will definitely get
your mouth watering and get you or someone you love back into the kitchen.

Written by Lisa Newman

Originally published in Well-Being Magazine