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The Cornbread Gospels

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“Cornbread? I LOVE cornbread!†For six years, that’s the response Crescent Dragonwagon got when people asked her what she was writing about. Over time, she came to understand: Not only is hot, just baked cornbread delicious, it evokes—powerfully—the heart, soul, and taste of home.

There is an abundance of satisfying cornbreads, as Crescent discovered when she foll
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 22nd 2007 by Workman Publishing Company
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Up front I have to say that I am a cast iron skillet, white cornmeal kind of girl. With my confession out I the way, I can say I enjoyed this cookbook immensely. The write ups on southern verses northern styles, yellow verses white, histories, and the influences of Native Americans, African Americans and Mexican Americans were at times tongue-in-cheek, but always enlightening. Each recipe came with a short explanation or story. Quotes from books are scattered all through the cookbook. I wrote do ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I got to meet Crescent when I went to be in the audience of a book talk she was giving about "The Cornbread Gospels" at a local radio station. As there were only 5 people in the audience we had a great opportunity to meet her and to sample some of the cornbread recipes from the book. The basis of the book is that she loved cornbread and as she traveled she realized that people all over the world have their own forms of "corn bread". It is a collection of those recipes that she has tried and in s ...more
Dec 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Dragonwagon’s cookbooks are fascinating, and this one includes not only tantalizing recipes for cornbread in its many forms but engrossing material about the history of corn and cornbread in various cultures. I loved reading this book, and when I shared it with my 83 year old mother, she found recipes that she remembered her own grandmother making. Dragonwagon devotes chapters to Southern Cornbread (largely unsweetened, mostly cornmeal) and Northern Cornbread (sweetened, with more flour), as wel ...more
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Hard to be unbiased. So many people have fond memories of the taste and smell of home baked cornbread. It is never quite satisfied by the stuff found in grocery stores or restaurants. Amazing just how many cornbread recipes are in this book. it made me want to jump off the couch, fire up the old cast iron skillet and make a pan, right then and there. The writing was also charming and informative. Makes you feel like the author is someone you'd like to know. Like a good friend who would bring cor ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, wonderful book. Not only has Ms. Dragonwagon given a superb, comprehensive selection of recipes and history, she has also opened her heart in the way only the very best food writers do. For my part, she's now up there with Elizabeth David, Barbara Tropp, and Marlena di Blasi. A must-have, whether you're a cornbread fanatic or no.
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it

This book not only has great recipes but wonderful stories as well. It's rare to find a cookbook that's also a good read.

(Special thanks to Anne for recommending this one!)
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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A fun read that includes a crazy variety of cornbread recipes from all over the world. It even includes a recipe from Truman Capote's great-aunt Sook.
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my go-to books in my cookbook shelves. I absolutely love it. Cornbread in its many forms is great comfort food, and this book provides over 200 recipes to help cure what's ailing you.
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Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not only is there some of the best recipes for cornbread and other related foods, the author provides charming bits of history and insight to life. This is a must own for me.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVE IT! I use this often. Really, who knew so much about cornbread!Enjoyed the writing and stories.
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Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Can't help but love a book authored by someone named Crescent Dragonwagon! Seriously.
Ashley Katsuyama
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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Who knew cornbread had such an interesting and extensive history?
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Crescent Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte Zolotow and the late Hollywood biographer Maurice Zolotow. She is the author of 40 published books, including cookbooks, children's books, and novels. With her late husband, Ned Shank, Crescent owned the award-winning Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for eighteen years. She teaches writing co ...more
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