This month on My Carolina Today I had the awesome opportunity to chat about some of my favorite cookbooks. Written by local food writers and authors, not to mention friends of mine, these are great holiday gifts for your friends and family.
To watch the “Great Gifts for the Chef in Your Life” clip, go here
I’d like to thank the authors and UNC Press for sending me copies of their books, it was very kind and I’d like to return the favor.
In return, I am offering a giveaway of each individual cookbook. To enter, just tell me your favorite Southern dish or holiday tradition in the comments section. I’ll be running this promo until noon on Monday December 15th. I’ll be giving away one copy of each of the cookbooks with a grand prize opportunity to win the entire set of Savor the South series.
Note: only one entry per person. winners will be chosen using the online tool “Random Picker”. The first winner chosen will win the Savor the South series.
Each winner there after can chose the book they would like to receive. I am using RandomPicker.com to chose all winners. I think you can actually go to the site and see the official results or track entries. (Project: Cookbooks to Drool Over (id:134218×50013). If the winner is from the Triangle, I will let you know where you can pick it up. If you are not from the immediate area, I will mail it to you. Good Luck =)
All of these cookbooks celebrate the bounty of the south; from the Outer Banks to the Mountains to BBQ across the state. They help bring the spirit of the Southern table to your home with delicious recipes, stories and tidbits of information you may have not known. What can I say, I love them all!
Below is information about each cookbook with links to where they can be purchased.
The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating food and fellowship in the American South
Overview: Southern Living Community Cookbook
Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we’ve made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.
Meet the Author
Sheri Castle is a writer who cooks and a cook who writes. She’s known for her ability to see out the story behind Southern recipes and foodways. She has worked on multiple cookbook projects, as a solo author, collaborator, ghostwriter, and recipe tester. Her solo title, The New Southern Garden Cookbook, was named by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association as the best Southern cookbook of the year. It received a notable mention in the NY Times and was a recommended cookbook in the Washington Post. Sheri resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to 16 million readers monthly, making it one of the most trusted lifestyle brands in the country. With thousands of Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved recipes in the archive, Southern Living publishes superior cookbooks with recipes guaranteed to yield successful, flavorful results. Information via the Barnes and Noble Website
Savor the South Cookbook Series
Each little cookbook in (the) Savor the South® cookbook collection is a big celebration of a beloved food or tradition of the American South. From buttermilk to bourbon, pecans to peaches, bacon to catfish, one by one each Savor the South® cookbook will stock a kitchen shelf with the flavors and culinary wisdom of this popular American regional cuisine. Written by well-known cooks and food lovers, each book brims with personality, the informative and often surprising culinary and natural history of southern foodways, and a treasure of some fifty recipes–from delicious southern classics to sparkling international renditions that open up worlds of taste for cooks everywhere. You’ll want to collect them all. Information via the UNC Press Website
Farmer & Chef Asheville Cookbook
Meet the farmers who preserve our Appalachian mountain heritage and the chefs who make our city a” Foodtopia” ® destination, as branded by the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
With this book, you can take home a slice of Asheville’s award-winning dining and craft-beverage scene, with recipes from local restaurants, bars, farms, and farmers markets. Recreate dishes handed down generation to generation. Discover new ideas for family suppers and parties.
Filled with stunning photographs, informative sidebars and essays, Farmer and Chef Asheville will offer over 200 easy-to-follow recipes from area chefs, farmers and food artisans.
About the Author: Elizabeth Wiegand
Behind every taste, each bite of food, there’s a story.
My mission is to explore the food that’s brought to our Southern tables. . . .to share the passion of the crabbers who scoop up soft shells, “salad bar” ranchers who pasture-raise their beef, bakers who arise at ungodly hours to bake their loaves, and farmers that raise the pumpkins or turkey for my Thanksgiving dinner. What’s the traditional way of cooking them? The newest culinary approach?
Come explore the culinary wonders I’ve found from the mountains to the sea, in THE OUTER BANKS COOKBOOK: Recipes & Traditions from NC’s Barrier Islands, and THE NEW BLUE RIDGE COOKBOOK: Authentic Recipes from North Carolina’s Mountains to Virginia’s Highlands.
Check out my BLOG, CAROLINA FOODIE for recipes, seasonal goodies, foodie road trips, and more. Information via Carolina Foodie Website
Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen
Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains provides a gastronomic tour of the flavors and tastes of the region considered the Mountain South. From Appalachian Egg Rolls With Smoked Jalapeno Sauce, Pickled Onions and Pulled Pork to Acorn Squash Stuffed with Bacon Bread Pudding and Maple Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, each recipe tells a story about the traditions, inspiration and history of the southern mountains. The result is an assembly of 125 imaginative, delicious and approachable recipes to be enjoyed by the home cook, the avid reader and book collector, and the hungry appetite alike. A foreword by Chef Sean Brock and gorgeous photos of the surrounding area and food complete this collection. Information via the Tupelo Honey Café Website
The Great NC BBQ Map
With over 400 restaurants, shacks, and eateries, The Great NC BBQ Map is the most comprehensive guide to the original barbecue state. In a printed, road-map format, you can use our guide to hit the road and create your own BBQ tour or find a stop along your route. Our map symbols define each restaurant’s BBQ using an infographic approach. With a glance, you can tell whether each restaurant cooks the whole hog or part of the pig, what cooking method is used, and what style of sauce is served. We also give you a timeline on the history of BBQ in America and information to help you differentiate the BBQ styles of NC, which give perspective to your travels.