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?


Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don't have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you.
  • 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.


  • hillsboroks  on  2/24/2014 at 11:58 PM

    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  2/25/2014 at 1:06 AM

    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  2/25/2014 at 3:08 AM

    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  2/25/2014 at 4:51 AM

    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  2/25/2014 at 5:35 AM

    BBQ brisket slow cooked and falling apart

  • TrishaCP  on  2/25/2014 at 5:50 AM

    Shrimp and grits and chess pies.

  • ballen  on  2/25/2014 at 7:00 AM

    Black-eyed peas and country ham!

  • Zosia  on  2/25/2014 at 7:15 AM

    Hoppin' John made with ham hocks.

  • vickster  on  2/25/2014 at 7:58 AM

    Biscuits and gravy

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  2/25/2014 at 8:06 AM

    Pulled pork, hands down.

  • dbielick  on  2/25/2014 at 10:03 AM


  • decklededges  on  2/25/2014 at 10:45 AM

    I'm a big shrimp and grits fan.

  • bfg67  on  2/25/2014 at 11:18 AM

    pulled pork

  • Queezle_Sister  on  2/25/2014 at 11:58 AM

    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  2/25/2014 at 12:18 PM

    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  2/25/2014 at 12:19 PM


  • KarinaFrancis  on  2/25/2014 at 4:25 PM

    I love gumbo!

  • FunkyViriditas  on  2/25/2014 at 6:11 PM

    Lemon Ice Box Pie!

  • Melanie  on  2/25/2014 at 7:08 PM

    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  2/25/2014 at 7:19 PM

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

  • enation  on  2/25/2014 at 7:31 PM

    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  2/25/2014 at 7:59 PM

    Gumbo and pulled pork are my favorites.

  • sgump  on  2/25/2014 at 8:14 PM

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

  • TheSpicedLife  on  2/25/2014 at 9:08 PM

    Pulled pork bbq and hush puppies. :)

  • NikkiPixie  on  2/25/2014 at 9:24 PM

    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  2/25/2014 at 9:52 PM

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

  • lmurphy  on  2/26/2014 at 8:32 AM

    Anything that involves grits!

  • vhague  on  2/26/2014 at 9:08 AM

    Eastern North Carolina pulled pork barbecue!

  • deucemom  on  2/26/2014 at 10:02 AM

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

  • kedmiston  on  2/26/2014 at 10:28 AM

    Grits. Biscuits. Hush Puppies. Peach cobbler.

  • dmkxr9  on  2/26/2014 at 12:23 PM

    jambalaya with some smoked poultry and andouille

  • JaneC  on  2/26/2014 at 6:03 PM

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

  • crandall57  on  2/26/2014 at 6:26 PM

    Fried chicken. Especially in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • SueVeid  on  2/27/2014 at 7:19 PM

    BBQ shrimp

  • imaluckyducky  on  2/27/2014 at 8:43 PM


  • dizzi101  on  2/28/2014 at 6:26 AM

    collard greens!

  • Lesle  on  2/28/2014 at 6:28 AM


  • Kerrey  on  2/28/2014 at 6:31 AM

    I loves me some cheese grits!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  2/28/2014 at 6:36 AM


  • traculart  on  2/28/2014 at 6:50 AM

    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  2/28/2014 at 7:08 AM

    Hush puppies and pecan pie.

  • Dcotter  on  2/28/2014 at 7:29 AM

    Biscuits, when done right!

  • jheinold  on  2/28/2014 at 7:43 AM

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

  • esjro  on  2/28/2014 at 7:48 AM

    Collard greens!

  • nadiam1000  on  2/28/2014 at 7:48 AM

    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  2/28/2014 at 7:51 AM

    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  2/28/2014 at 8:03 AM

    I like Shrimp & Grits. And Jambalaya.

  • cyalexa  on  2/28/2014 at 8:07 AM

    pork and greens on grits

  • slswillmar  on  2/28/2014 at 8:23 AM

    My favorite is seafood gumbo.

  • RobinCR  on  2/28/2014 at 8:44 AM

    Shrimp & Grits. No contest.

  • matag  on  2/28/2014 at 8:52 AM

    Shrimp and grits

  • Sarabclever  on  2/28/2014 at 9:13 AM


  • EMichels  on  2/28/2014 at 9:31 AM

    Shrimp and grits.

  • SherriL  on  2/28/2014 at 9:42 AM

    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  2/28/2014 at 9:47 AM

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

  • Teemo  on  2/28/2014 at 9:55 AM

    fried chicken and biscuits

  • pers1stence  on  2/28/2014 at 10:29 AM

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

  • DFed  on  2/28/2014 at 10:33 AM

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

  • Nsteinen  on  2/28/2014 at 10:44 AM

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

  • davidk  on  2/28/2014 at 11:11 AM

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

  • robm  on  2/28/2014 at 11:13 AM

    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  2/28/2014 at 11:51 AM

    Crawfish Étouffée and Cornbread

  • infotrop  on  2/28/2014 at 11:59 AM

    Shrimp & grits with andouille sausage

  • paulabucharles  on  2/28/2014 at 12:20 PM

    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  2/28/2014 at 12:30 PM

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

  • Smchalk  on  2/28/2014 at 12:49 PM

    peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

  • crazyethyl  on  2/28/2014 at 1:20 PM

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

  • sshieff  on  2/28/2014 at 3:21 PM

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

  • Berryd  on  2/28/2014 at 4:19 PM

    Pulled pork

  • pgarcia  on  2/28/2014 at 10:00 PM

    Cheesy grits!

  • lepetityume  on  2/28/2014 at 10:07 PM

    Southern fried chicken for sure.

  • Thaichile  on  3/1/2014 at 9:34 AM

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

  • betsycooks  on  3/1/2014 at 11:49 AM

    Shrimp and grits!

  • Avocet  on  3/1/2014 at 4:51 PM

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

  • terran  on  3/1/2014 at 5:05 PM

    oysters done anyway and hush puppies!

  • Zaira  on  3/2/2014 at 12:29 AM

    Pecan Pralines!

  • cadfael  on  3/2/2014 at 5:25 PM

    oyster or shrimp po'boys!

  • bernsfield  on  3/2/2014 at 8:02 PM

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

  • beachcook  on  3/3/2014 at 8:20 AM

    Hands down shrimp and grits!

  • trudys_person  on  3/3/2014 at 4:24 PM

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

  • debpiper  on  3/3/2014 at 8:37 PM

    Fried white sweet potatoes.....yum!!!

  • tcjanes  on  3/3/2014 at 9:48 PM

    Collards and fried chicken.

  • pipinita21  on  3/4/2014 at 4:21 PM

    Fried chicken...

  • Siegal  on  3/5/2014 at 1:45 PM


  • canines5  on  3/5/2014 at 7:23 PM


  • JennyCampisi  on  3/6/2014 at 11:12 AM


  • missboots  on  3/7/2014 at 12:09 PM

    Shrimp and grits...yum

  • Gunnygoo  on  3/7/2014 at 1:43 PM

    corn bread and chicken!

  • sarahcooks  on  3/7/2014 at 3:53 PM

    Biscuits and gravy done right

  • kalex426  on  3/7/2014 at 4:13 PM

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

  • diannerh49  on  3/7/2014 at 5:11 PM

    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  3/9/2014 at 1:05 AM

    Pulled pork - I love it !

  • rstuart  on  3/10/2014 at 9:03 AM

    Biscuits and gravy! Or coconut cake? Hmmm...

  • stockholm28  on  3/10/2014 at 7:56 PM

    shrimp and grits

  • jd5761  on  3/11/2014 at 9:52 AM

    jambalya for me. or maybe gumbo

  • esztlil  on  3/11/2014 at 5:35 PM


  • pokarekare  on  3/13/2014 at 7:04 PM

    Fried chicken!

  • Julimorr  on  3/13/2014 at 7:04 PM

    Pulled pork with a side of collards

  • AZArdie  on  3/13/2014 at 8:03 PM

    Sweet potato biscuits!

  • earthnfire  on  3/15/2014 at 6:49 PM

    Grits and gumbo.

  • JYang  on  3/16/2014 at 4:42 AM

    seafood gumbo

  • sailor  on  3/17/2014 at 11:06 PM

    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  3/18/2014 at 11:11 PM

    My favorite Southern food is Jambalaya Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • pwsnook  on  3/20/2014 at 6:23 PM

    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  3/21/2014 at 7:34 AM

    Hush puppies with honey butter!

  • icywit  on  3/21/2014 at 3:23 PM

    Fried chicken with maple syrup!

  • bellaluna221  on  3/21/2014 at 3:28 PM

    Biscuits and gravy... mmm...

  • stardust4300  on  3/22/2014 at 5:20 AM

    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  3/22/2014 at 5:18 PM

    Shrimp with Remoulade Dressing!

  • Tinala523  on  3/23/2014 at 11:28 AM

    Do I have to pick just one? Fried chicken!

  • SamanthaV  on  3/23/2014 at 9:56 PM

    Shrimp and grits is so yummy.

  • vinochic  on  3/24/2014 at 3:11 PM

    pecan pie

  • maisie_grn  on  3/24/2014 at 4:49 PM

    Sally Lynn bread :)

  • joerod34  on  3/24/2014 at 5:00 PM

    Smoked BBQ brisket all the way.

  • suzefish  on  3/24/2014 at 11:40 PM

    Pulled pork with cole slaw and bbq beans

  • Jane  on  3/25/2014 at 5:27 PM

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

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