Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain


       I recently got The Southern Foodie- 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die and the Recipes That Made Them Famous by Chris Chamberlain to review. This is not only a cookbook, full of delicious recipes from the south, but also a documentary about famous restaurants and the chefs that made these recipes famous. Included are 134 recipes from  100 top chefs in Thirteen southern states.

       Also included with each recipe is the address, website, and phone number for each restaurant, in case you can't get enough of this yummy southern food! This book is also full of tasty looking pictures of many of the things that you can cook.

Some examples of the types of recipes that are included are:
 
            Prejean's Sweet Louisiana Pralines from "Ralph's on the Park," in New Orleans, Louisiana.

            Buttermilk Biscuits from "Old Chickahominy House," in Williamsburg, Virginia.

            Country Ham Fritters from "Proof on Main," in Louisville, Kentucky.

      Many of the recipes in this book are pretty simple, and can easily be made with many of the ingredients that you have at home. But a few of the recipes may not be suitable for beginners. I tried making the Pralines, and as I've heard before, I realized that practice does make perfect. I noticed that you definitely should read through the recipes completely before starting, otherwise it is much easier to make a mistake. I like that some of the places that Chris Chamberlain gathered are from, not only fancy southern restaurants, but also smaller, more casual restaurants.

       I found this to be a very interesting book to just sit down and look through. It is neat to learn about how a restaurant started, or what everyone seems to like so much about it. I think that this would be a great book for someone who is interested in learning about the food and culture in the south, and how to cook food from many famous restaurants, big or small.

        BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions that I have expressed are my own.