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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 – Sep 11 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sept. 11 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449910288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449910283
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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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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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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I love this cookbook! Here's a sampling of some of the recipes you will find within: Down Home Crab Cakes,Southern Barbecue,Turnip Greens,Cheese Grits,Lane Cake,---this book the is the absolute essence of Southern Cafe food! There is an abundance of recipes-some you wouldn't expect-and three Fried Green Tomato recipes.The Buttermilk Biscuit recipe is the best I have ever used.Lots of wonderful antecdotes on Alabama,Hollywood,the Piggly Wiggly,the movie- plenty of old time photos.A class act.Two words of caution: #1.)Ignore Fannie's Ode to Grapico-DON'T try the stuff! It's grape soda that will make your teeth ache for an hour it's so damned sweet! and #2.)These recipe's are NOT for the "calorically challenged"-but buy it anyway! What a great read
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