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A Gracious Plenty

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"A sweeping, eclectic look at Southern food traditions. The reminiscences by Southern writers...and cookbook authors...are delightful pauses. What a shame it would be if these recipes were lost. Thankfully, Mr. Edge and his colleagues have given [them] one more chance to survive." (New York Times)

"A cookbook you will enjoy from cover to cover." (Dallas Morning News)

Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by HP Trade (first published 1999)
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Feb 14, 2012 JDAZDesigns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually looking for another book when I found this book. I soon lost interest in the other book. I'd really like to see someone do a Julie & Julia with this.

Oh my gosh! This is packed. I mean, absolutely packed. And not a bit of it is bad.

Flavors all over the place. Brought to you by regional cookbooks. By real cooks.

I like the opening line in the author's note: "We think that the best cookbooks are story books, their purpose as much to document the communal draw of the meal table as
Sep 26, 2013 Minneapolani rated it it was amazing
This is a dense, culinary history text. Sure, there are recipes, but I gleaned a lot more from the stories attached to them than the recipes themselves. It's nice to see someone chronicling real Southern food, which is typically a way of cooking taught orally, not through books. Getting these stories on paper is a way to preserve the true cooking of the South and give people a real look into not-always-pretty history of Southern food.
Jun 19, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
An excellent source for the old southern recipes.
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Jul 08, 2012 Marty Elrod rated it it was amazing
My all time favorite cookbook.
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