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The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations from Two Great American Cooks

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published April 15th 2003 by Knopf Publishing Group
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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.
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 ...more
Ryann Murphy
Mar 07, 2009 Ryann Murphy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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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!
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!
Dare Pender
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.
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!
Catherine Woodman
Edna Lewis is the acknowledged queen of Southern cuisine and her cookbooks are chock full of information in addition to recipes
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!
Rich Boyett
I normally don't include cook books in my goodreads adventures but this book was a pleasure.
love love love love it. everything in here is pure gold. also, not a single recipe calls for olive oil. :)
One of my favorite cookbooks. I make the angel biscuits frequently and love the cucumber salad.
Continuing to embrace my Southern heritage through food. This one is exceptional!
Jun 18, 2013 Aimee rated it 5 of 5 stars
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An amazing story of friendship over and about a perfect pie crust.
Edna is such a wonderful cook and story teller, I love her recipies
If I could only keep one cookbook, this would be it. A treasure.
This is where my sweet tea addiction began for me - awesome!
This book comes across and pretentious and tedious.
The Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Receipe is my favorite.
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