Cook the Book: 'The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook'


We love our fancy, full-color cookbooks full of advanced techniques but have a soft spot for another sort of cookbook, the spiral bound community cookbook. Whether it's recipes from a church or synagogue group, the Junior League, or a collection of family recipes, these tiny volumes oftentimes offer evocative recipes that capture a real sense of place.

It's those spiral bound cookbooks that acted as the inspiration for The Southern Foodways Alliance Cookbook. Compiled by the John T. Edge, Southern food writer extraordinaire and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and author-oral historian Sara Roahan, this modern spiral bound classic delves into the world of Southern foodways with recipes, stories, and traditions from those who cook and eat south of the Mason-Dixon line.

This week we'll be dishing up Southern classics including fluffy and foolproof Angel Biscuits, curious Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales, Fried Chicken with New Orleans Confetti topped with a shower of dill pickles, and ending up with a Sweet Tea Lemon Chess Pie.

Win 'The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook'

Thanks to the generous folks over at University of Georgia Press, we are giving away five (5) copies of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook this week. All you have to do is tell us about about a dish that most exemplifies Southern cooking for you in the comments section below.

The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.