The author combines stories about her family's peach farm--one of the oldest African-American-owned farms in northern South Carolina--with her favorite recipes for farm cooking, including such fare as Chicken and Dumplings and Fresh Vegetable Stew.
I gave myself a sample of my first homemade cobbler and all I can say is this- I never liked peach cobbler until I made Dori's cobbler. I love it now. I ran out and bought Dori's cookbook right afterwards.
The recipes presented in Dori's book are all relatively easy to make. It's southern cooking made non-southerner friendly. I come from an Asian background and my husband's and I are both from California, so we're the sorts that don't know what Creole is, and the only icon we can name of southern cooking is Emeril Lagasse.
This cookbook has been a dream, though. It's absolutely delightful! As another commenter noted, don't start your diet now. This is comfort food, very delicious soulful food. Like I mentioned with the peach cobbler, I'm not a big dessert fan and I never liked anything that resembled fruit pie, but oh my goodness, I downed four servings of that cobbler until I couldn't eat anymore. I've been trying to make all her recipes, finding occasions that would best match them, and all of them have come out better than I expected. It's truly a wonderful cookbook when you can't wait to try making something new from it because you've had such delightful experiences with all the past recipes.
Cooking is a joy with this book, and you don't have to be an experienced cook to enjoy making these recipes. Mothers, girlfriends, wives, husbands, sons, and fathers, if you're looking for good recipes that'll make quality food that'll wow your family, give this cookbook a try. If you're looking for a few recipes to try before making the commitment of buying this book, Food Network's webpage offers free recipes Dori shared with Sara Moulton during her guest appearance on Cooking Live. Give it a try, and I'll bet you'll be back for more!