Cook the Book: 'Screen Doors and Sweet Tea'

Book Cover This week's Cook the Book selection, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, brings to life the people, landscape, and traditions of the Mississippi Delta. Born and raised outside Yazoo City, author Martha Hall Foose left her southern roots to attend the prestigious École Lenôtre pastry school in France. She returned five years ago—"homesickness brought me back." Today she lives on her family's farm in Tchula, Mississippi, and serves as the executive chef at the Viking Cooking School.

The dishes in Screen Doors and Sweet Tea marry southern charm with contemporary flair. Of course, there are classic recipes for fried chicken, biscuits, and gumbo. But there are also newfangled creations such as Catfish Ceviche, Sweet Potato Dumplings, and Cantaloupe Daiquiris. In addition, Foose shares poignant and hilarious tales about her home—don't miss the one on page 66 about the homemade mayonnaise contest.

Win 'Screen Doors and Sweet Tea

We'll be excerpting a recipe from Screen Doors and Sweet Tea every day this week. In addition, you can enter to win a copy for your own collection. Just tell us in the comments section below: from lemonade and sweet tea to mojitos and frozen margaritas, what is your favorite summertime beverage?

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