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Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A complete illustrated guide to Southern cooking Hardcover – Sep 18 2012


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (Sept. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848735153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848735159
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #420,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great choice for the inexperienced cook Dec 14 2012
By Stacy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is intended for people with little or no cooking experience. I bought it for a friend of mine who loves Southern food, knows almost nothing about cooking, and says that he wants to learn how to cook. It is the perfect book for that type of person. The photos and information make cooking seem inviting and easy, rather than intimidating. The book is divided into three main sections covering basic background information, methods, and recipes.

Approximately the first hundred pages provide basic information on kitchen equipment, ingredients, and prep work. These sections include attractive yet informative photographs. The accompanying descriptions are clear, organized, and easy to understand. The chapter on kitchen equipment covers specific types of cookware, bakeware, knives, tools, electrical appliances, barware, and table settings. It includes a picture of each item, a description of what it is used for, and what to look for when buying one. The chapter on ingredients follows a similar format. Again, each item has a picture and a description of how it is typically used in cooking. Information is included on spices, sugars, salts, vinegars, fats/oils, grains, nuts/seeds, cheeses, beans, vegetables, fresh herbs, fruits, meats/fish, and wines. It is very thorough and covers just about every ingredient that would be encountered in Southern cooking. For example, the cheeses are divided into categories (fresh, blue, soft, melting, grilling, and grating), and a total of 39 types of cheese are pictured and described. The chapter on prep work includes definitions of common terms (chop, dice, julienne, etc.) and goes on to provide specific instructions (with photos) for common tasks. For example, how to peel and core and apple, cut up a chicken, separate eggs, and blanch vegetables.

The methods section covers baking, boiling, braising, frying, grilling, roasting, sautéing, and steaming. Recipes are included to help illustrate each method. Photos and detailed instructions help guide the cook through the process. This section is much like a normal cookbook, except with more detailed instructions and step-by-step photos of the cooking process.

The final section of the book includes more recipes, intended to be used by someone who has become more comfortable with cooking, and no longer needs step-by-step photos or highly detailed instructions. It includes a nice, balanced selection of recipes with a focus on Southern types of food. Photos are included for some recipes.

Overall, I think this book is great choice for someone with little or no experience in the kitchen.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Retro recipes Jan. 1 2013
By BenniBoop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up in the 'new book' section of the library as I often just read cookbooks (as well as home cook and bake most of what we eat). And I especially enjoy regional or ethnic cuisine as the topic.

What a disappointment.

The recipes are circa mid-nineteenth century using cans of this and tubes of that. For instance the Brunswick Stew uses 2 cans of lima beans and more frozen lima beans with canned cream-style corn and a quarter cup of sugar to make it even sweeter. What a waste of a perfectly good whole chicken!

The green bean casserole is 'updated' using bottled Alfredo sauce instead of the cream of mushroom soup that my mother did in 1955 - but it is still a terrible casserole.

I have traveled in North Carolina, Florida and other parts of the south and have often experienced excellent creative food in the southern tradition. There is none of it in this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Back to Basics Nov. 22 2012
By Wendy Shannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love cookbooks so I own a lot of them. I love this new cookbook! Even as a seasoned cook I found the Southern recipes I've tried so far excellent. I always appreciate a reference point for the basics and can build on it from there. It's good to get back to the basics. I'd highly recommend and feel that this cookbook would be a great gift for a new bride to a great home chef. I would definitely buy this cookbook as a gift but it's a get addition to any cook's library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor Kindle version June 10 2013
By Lacey Nolen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The pages are designed for text to overlay pictures. Because of the poor formatting of the kindle version, many passages of text are difficult or impossible to read. The pictures, which are designed to be full-page, display at about 2 inches square, which makes the text in them difficult to read and the illustrations much less helpful,
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Recipes! Nov. 8 2012
By NHzTime - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Unfair Rating! Unfortunately, the other reviews are not related to the cookbook, but about the reader/viewer the person is using to access the book. I just saw this book used on a show where they made several of the recipes in this cookbook to help us prepare side dishes for Thanksgiving. They looked absolutely delicious. Can't wait to get my own book. Thanks oodles!


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