- Hardcover: 204 pages
- Publisher: Fawcett; 1 edition (Oct. 19 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449908771
- ISBN-13: 978-0449908778
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #805,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook Hardcover – Oct 19 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Flagg, author of the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe , later made into the movie Fried Green Tomatoes , follows up both with something culinary and, logically, Southern. Her Alabama-inspired fare may not be healthy, but it's genuine, including blue plate specials and plenty of gravies (chicken; giblet), stews (Brunswick; beef), pies (pecan; black bottom), and jams (muscadine). This jauntily designed cookbook also offers enough first-person splash to entertain. "When I moved to California, I found myself surrounded by health freaks," Flagg whines, and explains how the South helped her to get revenge: with biscuits, cobblers, "creatures that swim" (e.g., fried oysters, which really don't), creamed onions, and fried okra. And, three recipes for fried green tomatoes. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf e (Random, 1987) and of the screenplay for the popular movie inspired by the book, admits that she is no cook--but she loves to eat. And so she has collected favorite recipes from the real cafe that was her model, The Irondale Cafe in Irondale, Alabama, run by her great-aunt for more than 50 years and still going strong. All the traditional dishes are here, from grits to barbecue to black bottom pie, along with the author's irreverent, irresistible commentary on Southern cooking and culture. Quotes from Fried Green Tomatoes and period photographs further add to Flagg's atmospheric text. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
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. And cholesterol and other nefarious substances <yes, I went to college too, y'all> are omnipresent. But the things that'll come out of your kitchen will amaze you, content your spouse, make your children smarter and more obedient, and fill your house with the smells associated with happier simpler times, when meals were shared by the family, enjoyed by all, and digested sitting on the porch with an old AM radio tuned to the only clear channel, and the night creeping up out of the ground.
Thank you, Ms. Flagg.
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!
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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Can't wait to try some of the recipes ( Never had fried green tomatoes ).