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The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-Fed, Down Home Family Stories and Cuisine

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Though our roots are in the Colonial South, we Crackers are essentially just another American fusion culture, and our table and our stories are constantly expanding -- nearly as fast as our waistlines. We aren't ashamed of either, and we're always delighted with the prospect of company: someone to feed and make laugh, to listen to our hundred thousand stories of food and f ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Scribner Book Company (first published 2009)
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Julie Davis
Mar 13, 2009 Julie Davis rated it really liked it
Which is all to say that this particular subspecies of the very earliest Americans, which I will refer to as Crackus Americanis, was an unusually diverse and colorful band of humanity, which took root and flourished all over pioneer America in the latter century. And though their affiliation with whips, poor dental hygiene, and old-time religion gave them a really virulent case of bad PR, they eventually came to embrace their name with humorous deprecation, in no small part because they evolved
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AR
Dec 03, 2009 AR rated it really liked it
I got this from the library for the stories not the recipes and for ideas as to how to incorporate my stories and recipes. It exceeded my expectations in that respect. As for the recipes, my "Cracker" ancestors never put onions in our vegetables and it seemed like Mrs. Owens's family put them in everything. I think I may have found a few useful ones like the ambrosia, as it's similar to the one my grandma makes, and I may have found some guidance in how to mesh Mrs. Owens's father's biscuit reci ...more
Marcia
Jul 12, 2009 Marcia rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a wonderful book filled with family recipes, family stories, menus for holiday celebrations, menus for life events, old family photographs, and a well researched discussion on the roots and various translations of the Cracker origin. The recipes look easy to prepare and are not overly fussy and detailed. The book is done in black and white. Missing are any photos of the food dishes. Even a few color "plates" inserted in the middle of the book would have added just that extra touch. Defin ...more
Cindi
Sep 03, 2011 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My FaVorite cook book EVER. Have used it so much you can barely read all the recipes anymore lol

I don't know why the name and description of this book is gone, except for the name. I guess it wasn't Politically Correct...

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Rebecca Huffer
Jan 29, 2013 Rebecca Huffer rated it really liked it
This is a very entertaining book. It is much more than a collection of recipes. Janis Owens is a wonderful storyteller. She tells some very funny stories along with her great recipes. I had never heard of a "cracker" before I read this cookbook. Now that I've read The Cracker Kitchen I want to read some of her fiction novels.
Just - The romance reader
Oct 30, 2009 Just - The romance reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: at-library, cookbook
Really appealing recipes. The author has included many authentic southern recipes, allowing the reader to get a real feel for what food in the south is all about. The downside of the book for me was the lack of photos. I prefer to see the recipes I am tempted by, and unfortunately I wasn't able to do that with this book. The Cracker Kitchen is still atleast worth a preview!
Sharman Ramsey
Jul 18, 2012 Sharman Ramsey rated it it was amazing
The Cracker Kitchen is a five star cookbook that comes with spicy tales of a very close Southern family. I appreciate the recipes and relished the stories.
Rebecca Tolley
Jul 15, 2011 Rebecca Tolley rated it liked it
read my review on my food blog: http://www.potlikkery.com/2009/05/cra...
Stacey
Jun 08, 2010 Stacey rated it really liked it
What can I say? This book has a recipe for squirrel and possum. The entertainment value alone is awsome.
Mary Kay
Jan 12, 2010 Mary Kay rated it really liked it
This book is a hoot! I learned so much about red-necks, etc. The photos are priceless & the recipes are great. (I skipped the ones about roadkill.)
Linda
Feb 04, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing
I read this because the foreword was by Pat Conroy. The recipes sound wonderful even though I don't usually cook. I will make some of these for church potlucks in the coming months.
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