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Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook: Featuring : Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and Many Other Great Recipes [Paperback]

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Book Description

Sept. 11 1995
--Fort Worth Star Telegram
After the tremendous success of her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and the beloved movie that followed, author Fannie Flagg received thousands of requests from all over the world asking for recipes from the little cafe of her Alabama childhood that was the model for the cafe in her novel. Now, she joyfully shares those recipes, in what may well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook! Inside you'll find wonderful recipes for:
* Skinless Fried Chicken * Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes * Baked Ham and Pineapple Rings * Baked Turkey with Traditional Cornbread Dressing * Black-eyed Peas * Fried Okra * Creamed Onions * Broccoli Casserole * Southern Cream Gravy * Fried Catfish * Scalloped Oysters * Down Home Crab Cakes * Beaten Biscuits * Corn Pones * Lemon Ice Box Pie * Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie * And much more!
The recipes in Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook are all for delicious hearty happy food that comes with all sorts of things, from gravies to hot sauces (very often the secret's in the sauce). But most of all this food, and this book, comes with love.
"If you liked her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and if you liked the movie they made from that novel, you'll like this cookbook....It's funny, just like Flagg."
--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Recommended...All the traditional dishes are here, along with the author's irreverent, irresistible commentary on Southern cooking and culture."
--Library Journal

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I HAVE been to THE ORIGINAL ... but I promise you, the recipes in this cookbook are every bit as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars YANKEES, BEWARE! This will kill y'all. June 29 2003
Lots of folk have read "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," by Fannie Flagg. Even more have seen the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes" <and was anybody else concerned about the movie's ambiguous ending?>. I read Ms. Flagg's cookbook with delight, anticipation, more than a few hunger pangs, and a profound sense of relief that somebody, somewhere had the good sense to preserve these fine old dishes of the deep South and pass them on. Her recipe for "Chicken'n'Dumplings" matches the faded 3x5 card version I inherited from my mother almost to a tee. Her "Fried Chicken" is enough to send the health-conscious into a coma! Well, y'all. Welcome south. We fry things down here, but at least the food has some flavor and texture. Take "Fried Green Tomatoes," as one example. You can't "boil" green tomatoes; nor can they be broiled, roasted, or baked. Honey, they gots to be FRIED. But one bite, and your taste buds done boarded the glory train to paradise, 'specially if you wash it down with the "house wine of the south" <thanks to "Steel Magnolias">, a big tall glass of homemade ice-tea.
Miss Flagg's cookbook brought back a comforting time of nostalgia, when momma's Sunday dinners were a treat looked for all week long, and us kids hated it when the preacher came by of a Sunday evening. It also brought back several dishes I thought had perished when the Interstate Highway system destroyed the back byways and unimproved roads that lead to the "old home place(s)" throughout the South. The ham and "red-eye" gravy recipe alone is worth the cost of the book, and even a Yankee girl can make it if she takes her time and doesn't try to "fix" it.
Salt abounds. Calories flourish. Fats lurk everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a great cookbook, Much, much more! April 15 2003
I know how to boil water, but beyond that, I know nothing about cooking. However, I have the good fortune to be married to the best cook in the western hemisphere, and she loves cookbooks. I bought this one for her, but as it turns out, I have enjoyed reading it more than my wife has. Fannie Flagg is the best novelist ever, of all time, having written the best novel of all time, "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe". Not only does this cookbook reveal the secrets of down home southern cooking, which makes all other cooking around the world seem, well, second rate, it is also chock filled with all kinds of funny, wise, make you want to laugh and cry at the samet time, literary nuggets that only Fannie can do in her unimitatable style. (Ok, Ok, I'm from Alabama, so maybe I'm a little bit prejudiced)
I promise you, you need to order this book. You will love the little tidbits of info that is sprinkled into this book like a master chef sprinkling spice onto a materpiece dish. For example, did you know that "Hush puppies", a southern treat made of corn meal, onions, etc. was originally created as a cheap food made to feed to dogs to make them quit barking from hunger?
No matter where you are from, North, South, or some foriegn place like France or California, I guarantee you will love the recipes, the wonderful photograghs of the rural, southern cafes, and the incomparable anecdotes by America's literary equivalent of Norman Rockwell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm Good !!!!!! March 4 2003
I was born/raised in the south and moved north 13 years ago. After moving into "yankee country" I began to search for a southern cookbook which had recipes I remembered from my childhood: buttermilk pancakes,fried chicken,barbecued chicken,southern cream gravy,fried green tomatoes,fried okra,and banana pudding just to name a few for starters. I wanted the cookbook to have been authored by a southerner, that way I knew the recipes would be authentic. There is nothing worse than to purchase a southern cookbook only to find it has been authored by someone who was born/raised in New York City. What do they know about the southern way of life, particularly food? One day while in a used bookstore I stumbled onto this "jewel" of a cookbook. I grew up watching Fannie Flagg on television as a child and have enjoyed reading her books as an adult. I knew she was a southerner, so she was someone I could trust. Her cookbook is a "goldmine" of recipes. They are written the way I remember my grandmother/mother preparing them for a meal, they taste just like I remember!Who needs salad, tofu and bean sprouts when you can eat fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, mashed pototaoes with gravy and top it off with a piece of pecan pie? My advice to you is to purchase the book and dig in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What put the meat on Idgie's bones. July 1 2001
I bought this cookbook because I loved the movie (of course) and because I was a military wife at the time and living far away from my southern homeland. I grew up eating southern food, but somehow, I never learned to make it (there was always an abundance of those kind of women in the kitchen, making biscuits from scratch and fatback and greens). I figured this book would help. It's written in the true style of a southern scratch cook - one has to use a bit of common sense - but you won't be disappointed. And let me say, the key lime pie recipe is absolutely DIVINE!!! None of that watered down Red Lobster stuff; this thing is full of tangy flavor and soooooo easy to make. Some of the other recipes take a bit more work, but stick with them, they'll do ya good. THe homilies and old-fashioned pictures make the book a joy to read as well, and Ms. Flagg is over the top in the very best way with her southern girl sass. If you have a drop of southern blood or at the very least a love of the South, it'll bring a tear to your eye. The very highest recommendation and thanks for writing it.
As a quick aside, my grandfather's favorite evening snack was something (obviously) not included in this book. Make yourself up a batch of Martha White white cornbread, fill up a tall glass with WHOLE milk, crumble in the cornbread until mush, and eat it up with a spoon. It's called soakie, and Granddaddy would just as soon as not have used buttermilk, but I never could stomach that. It's a tasty treat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Down home, simple cooking, heart of the home comfort food, simply delicious, no other way to describe it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda McMullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well invested .
If nothing else reading little comments inside this book are worth price of this book .
Can't wait to try some of the recipes ( Never had fried green tomatoes ).
Published 14 months ago by cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for many reasons
I bought this book over 10 years ago because I was such a huge fan of the movie (and still am!). I also love to cook, and consistently, I pull this cookbook out more than any... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars No longer do I put store bought food in a piece of Pyrex...
No longer do I have to put store bought food in a piece of Pyrex and take it to a family reunion. I am happy to say that I can make all the delicious food from 'down home". Read more
Published on July 16 2003 by SEwing
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Eatin' Is Death to Yankees
Back home in Georgia, we'd get together and eat. Sometimes, we'd eat each other, but mostly we ate Momma's fried chicken, some of Gladis's potato salad, and a mess of Mother... Read more
Published on July 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A cookbook worth reading!
This cookbook is worth reading! Wonderful, hilarious anecdotes both real and apocryphal abound in this cookbook. Read more
Published on July 9 2000 by Dan Barksdale III
4.0 out of 5 stars Old time Cooking
This book contains old receipes that have been passed down for generations or that you might have heard Aunts, or grandmothers talking about. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2000 by Carole J Vandergriff
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook has same flare as novels
If you enjoyed reading(or watching) Fannie Flagg's "Fired Green Tomatoes", you'll love the cookbook as well. Read more
Published on July 26 1999
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