Cookbook Giveaway: Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything

Down SouthWe’re delighted to be able to offer three copies of New Orleans chef Donald Link’s latest cookbook, Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything. Chef Link, a James Beard Award winner, sat down with EYB to discuss his love of Southern food and share his memories of his grandfather’s down-home cooking.

From quintessential Southern classics like hamhocks & crowder peas and sweet potato gratin, to less traditional recipes like the Herbsaint champagne cocktail and blue crab beignets with white rémoulade sauce, Down South is filled with Southern charm.

To win a copy, just answer the following question: What is your favorite Southern food?


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  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on March 24, 2014.

This contest is now closed.  The 3 lucky winners, chosen by random number generator, are ae.bell, terran, and ksg518.

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  • hillsboroks  on  February 24, 2014

    My first attempt at a Southern dish was Jambalaya and I still love it with the combination of seafood, sausage, ham and spices.

  • FuzzyChef  on  February 25, 2014

    Shrimp & grits, probably. Crawfish Etouffee is also a favorite, but that's more Creole than Souhern.

    I also like me some collard greens, believe it or don't.

  • CorvetteGuy  on  February 25, 2014

    My hands down favorite is a South Carolina pulled pork sandwich with that mustard based BBQ sauce that is peculiar to that region. I'm in NY and whenever I get down to the Charleston area, it's the first thing I eat. Mmmm!

  • Breadcrumbs  on  February 25, 2014

    I absolutely love a steaming bowl of Gumbo. Fried chicken and collards would be right up there as well. I'm notnsure how traditional it is but on one visist to Georgia I had a bowl of homemade fresh peach ice cream that melted my heart!

  • Grinsall  on  February 25, 2014

    BBQ brisket slow cooked and falling apart

  • TrishaCP  on  February 25, 2014

    Shrimp and grits and chess pies.

  • ballen  on  February 25, 2014

    Black-eyed peas and country ham!

  • Zosia  on  February 25, 2014

    Hoppin' John made with ham hocks.

  • vickster  on  February 25, 2014

    Biscuits and gravy

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  February 25, 2014

    Pulled pork, hands down.

  • dbielick  on  February 25, 2014


  • decklededges  on  February 25, 2014

    I'm a big shrimp and grits fan.

  • bfg67  on  February 25, 2014

    pulled pork

  • Queezle_Sister  on  February 25, 2014

    A BBQ sandwich with cole slaw (in the sandwich). I lived in Georgia for a stint in the 1980s, and a favorite activity was driving through the countryside on a saturday, looking for the smoke that would be the tell-tale sign of a small BBQ joint. So many great meals and memories.

  • Aggie92  on  February 25, 2014

    Since I live in the Deep South I am very biased toward Southern food. There is so much to choose from that I find it difficult to choose a favorite. But for soul soothing nourishment nothing really beats a bowl of collard greens that have been cooking for hours and a hunk of cornbread.

  • ae.bell  on  February 25, 2014


  • KarinaFrancis  on  February 25, 2014

    I love gumbo!

  • FunkyViriditas  on  February 25, 2014

    Lemon Ice Box Pie!

  • Melanie  on  February 25, 2014

    Living in Australia I sadly haven't had the chance to eat much Southern food. I would have to say pulled pork is my current favourite though! I would love to be able to explore the flavours through use of this cookbook.

  • boardingace  on  February 25, 2014

    Biscuits! Followed by, in no particular order, cornbread, strawberry cake, caramel cake, pulled pork, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and greens 🙂

  • enation  on  February 25, 2014

    I love a Hoppin' John's Stew. Slowly braised Collards with Black Eye Peas in a velvety rich broth flavored from smoked trotters. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

  • chawkins  on  February 25, 2014

    Gumbo and pulled pork are my favorites.

  • sgump  on  February 25, 2014

    Kentucky burgoo (cooked outdoors in a huge kettle over a wood fire)

  • TheSpicedLife  on  February 25, 2014

    Pulled pork bbq and hush puppies. 🙂

  • NikkiPixie  on  February 25, 2014

    Closest I've been to the south is Atlanta, I tried an amazing southern fried chicken there. Definitely don't get the "biscuit" thing though…. means a totally different foodstuff where I'm from!

  • Rinshin  on  February 25, 2014

    I love the white bbq sauce. So good with Southern style fried chicken and biscuits.

  • lmurphy  on  February 26, 2014

    Anything that involves grits!

  • vhague  on  February 26, 2014

    Eastern North Carolina pulled pork barbecue!

  • deucemom  on  February 26, 2014

    I love a good jambalaya and N Carolina pulled pork. YUM!

  • kedmiston  on  February 26, 2014

    Grits. Biscuits. Hush Puppies. Peach cobbler.

  • dmkxr9  on  February 26, 2014

    jambalaya with some smoked poultry and andouille

  • JaneC  on  February 26, 2014

    I love it all, but fried chicken is number one.

  • crandall57  on  February 26, 2014

    Fried chicken. Especially in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • SueVeid  on  February 27, 2014

    BBQ shrimp

  • imaluckyducky  on  February 27, 2014


  • dizzi101  on  February 28, 2014

    collard greens!

  • Lesle  on  February 28, 2014


  • Kerrey  on  February 28, 2014

    I loves me some cheese grits!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  February 28, 2014


  • traculart  on  February 28, 2014

    My Nana's Fried chicken and biscuits, there were always potatoes and corn on the table but they hardly got touched when there was her Fried chicken and biscuits!

  • joypilkins  on  February 28, 2014

    Hush puppies and pecan pie.

  • Dcotter  on  February 28, 2014

    Biscuits, when done right!

  • jheinold  on  February 28, 2014

    Southern biscuits are the best, Also Smithfield ham is not like any other!

  • esjro  on  February 28, 2014

    Collard greens!

  • nadiam1000  on  February 28, 2014

    Fried Chicken, greens and cornbread – lived in Atlanta for many years and I still miss all that great southern food. BBQ, grits, biscuits, peach fried pies, mac and cheese……don't even get me started on New Orleans: gumbo, crawfish etouffe, beignets, po' boys.

  • JoanN  on  February 28, 2014

    Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Seafood Gumbo with Andouille Smoked Sausage. Been making it regularly, by request, since his first book was published in 1984.

  • wanda72  on  February 28, 2014

    I like Shrimp & Grits. And Jambalaya.

  • cyalexa  on  February 28, 2014

    pork and greens on grits

  • slswillmar  on  February 28, 2014

    My favorite is seafood gumbo.

  • RobinCR  on  February 28, 2014

    Shrimp & Grits. No contest.

  • matag  on  February 28, 2014

    Shrimp and grits

  • Sarabclever  on  February 28, 2014


  • EMichels  on  February 28, 2014

    Shrimp and grits.

  • SherriL  on  February 28, 2014

    Shrimp and grits. I now live in the UK and grits are the one thing my foreign friends just don't understand — until they try them

  • ksg518  on  February 28, 2014

    Green beans cooked for a long time with ham hocks. I've never been able to duplicate my (Southern) mother's recipe.

  • Teemo  on  February 28, 2014

    fried chicken and biscuits

  • pers1stence  on  February 28, 2014

    I love a good hushpuppy, fried chicken, and biscuits. and sweet tea is always a happy thing

  • DFed  on  February 28, 2014

    What's not to love about Southern cooking?? Pulled pork sandwiches would be my favorite!

  • Nsteinen  on  February 28, 2014

    I love collard greens cooked with pork and served with cornbread.

  • davidk  on  February 28, 2014

    What is your favorite Southern food? Brunswick Stew (*my dad's way of cooking it – raised on the Virginia – North Carolina Border)

  • robm  on  February 28, 2014

    Seafood-stuffed eggplant (the Galatoire's version). Best thing you will ever put in your mouth! :))) Jambalaya and Creole gumbo are two of my "go to" recipes when I have company — never yet met anyone who didn't like them!

  • Brandeemk  on  February 28, 2014

    Crawfish Étouffée and Cornbread

  • infotrop  on  February 28, 2014

    Shrimp & grits with andouille sausage

  • paulabucharles  on  February 28, 2014

    So many, gosh! Hard to answer but the fist ones popping up in my mind are Buttermilk Biscuit & Gravy, South Carolina Pulled Pork, Pecan Pie.

  • herby  on  February 28, 2014

    Amazing seafood dishes, gumbo, cornbread and so many more! Love hearty, spicy Southen Dishes.

  • Smchalk  on  February 28, 2014

    peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

  • crazyethyl  on  February 28, 2014

    Peach cobbler, baked cheese grits, biscuits & gravy, chicken and dumplings and any type of BBQ

  • sshieff  on  February 28, 2014

    Anything made with love, and eaten with loved-ones.

  • Berryd  on  February 28, 2014

    Pulled pork

  • pgarcia  on  February 28, 2014

    Cheesy grits!

  • lepetityume  on  February 28, 2014

    Southern fried chicken for sure.

  • Thaichile  on  March 1, 2014

    It would have to be Grits and……well. grits and just about anything or just simply butter and salt.

  • betsycooks  on  March 1, 2014

    Shrimp and grits!

  • Avocet  on  March 1, 2014

    Shrimp and crab okra gumbo is at the top, and I love soft shelled crabs.

  • terran  on  March 1, 2014

    oysters done anyway and hush puppies!

  • Zaira  on  March 2, 2014

    Pecan Pralines!

  • cadfael  on  March 2, 2014

    oyster or shrimp po'boys!

  • bernsfield  on  March 2, 2014

    Fried chicken livers may not be healthy, but they are DELICIOUS!

  • beachcook  on  March 3, 2014

    Hands down shrimp and grits!

  • trudys_person  on  March 3, 2014

    I haven't had much opportunity to experience Southern food, but I have enjoyed Texas BBQ and fried chicken – both yum!

  • debpiper  on  March 3, 2014

    Fried white sweet potatoes…..yum!!!

  • tcjanes  on  March 3, 2014

    Collards and fried chicken.

  • pipinita21  on  March 4, 2014

    Fried chicken…

  • Siegal  on  March 5, 2014


  • canines5  on  March 5, 2014


  • JennyCampisi  on  March 6, 2014


  • missboots  on  March 7, 2014

    Shrimp and grits…yum

  • Gunnygoo  on  March 7, 2014

    corn bread and chicken!

  • sarahcooks  on  March 7, 2014

    Biscuits and gravy done right

  • kalex426  on  March 7, 2014

    Buttermilk biscuits and red eye gravy (just as a special treat now and then).

  • diannerh49  on  March 7, 2014

    My father-in-law taught me how to make Mobile style Gumbo. It is my favorite Southern recipe. I also love red beans and rice with sausage.

  • SLane  on  March 9, 2014

    Pulled pork – I love it !

  • rstuart  on  March 10, 2014

    Biscuits and gravy!
    Or coconut cake? Hmmm…

  • stockholm28  on  March 10, 2014

    shrimp and grits

  • jd5761  on  March 11, 2014

    jambalya for me. or maybe gumbo

  • esztlil  on  March 11, 2014


  • pokarekare  on  March 13, 2014

    Fried chicken!

  • Julimorr  on  March 13, 2014

    Pulled pork with a side of collards

  • AZArdie  on  March 13, 2014

    Sweet potato biscuits!

  • earthnfire  on  March 15, 2014

    Grits and gumbo.

  • JYang  on  March 16, 2014

    seafood gumbo

  • sailor  on  March 17, 2014

    Oh so many, hard to pick one. I love seafood file gumbo. I always buy lots of file powder when I'm in America. Also love Paul Prudhomme's blackened fish and hamburgers and Chicken Big Mamou.

  • cezovski  on  March 18, 2014

    My favorite Southern food is Jambalaya
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  • pwsnook  on  March 20, 2014

    Never had southern food until I married a boy from North Carolina & wanted to cook what he liked. My favorite southern food depends on the region I'm in; but you can never go wrong with a plate of Southern Fried Chicken, biscuits, and okra.

  • AmandaLeigh710  on  March 21, 2014

    Hush puppies with honey butter!

  • icywit  on  March 21, 2014

    Fried chicken with maple syrup!

  • bellaluna221  on  March 21, 2014

    Biscuits and gravy… mmm…

  • stardust4300  on  March 22, 2014

    My favorite southern food is always shrimp and grits! I can eat that three times a day with fried boudin balls in between! Thanks so much!!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  March 22, 2014

    Shrimp with Remoulade Dressing!

  • Tinala523  on  March 23, 2014

    Do I have to pick just one? Fried chicken!

  • SamanthaV  on  March 23, 2014

    Shrimp and grits is so yummy.

  • vinochic  on  March 24, 2014

    pecan pie

  • maisie_grn  on  March 24, 2014

    Sally Lynn bread 🙂

  • joerod34  on  March 24, 2014

    Smoked BBQ brisket all the way.

  • suzefish  on  March 24, 2014

    Pulled pork with cole slaw and bbq beans

  • Jane  on  March 25, 2014

    This contest is now closed. The 3 lucky winners, chosen by random number generator, are ae.bell, terran, and ksg518.

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