Southern From Scratch

Ashley English has authored a number of cookbooks ranging from homesteading to pie making to picnics. Her books are treasures and will become worn and food splattered from love and use. Her latest, Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes delivers 150 recipes that will not only guide us to creating our own Southern foods pantry but will inspire and encourage us to make more staples from scratch.

Ashley begins with preservation and freezing techniques that are shared via step-by-step photographs before diving into chapters that are organized as follows:  pickles and relishes, jams and spreads, sauces and vinegars, fruits and vegetables, dry goods and sundries, fats and meats, ice box and freezers, and sweeteners and desserts. She has thought of everything in this well-organized and thoughtful book.

Southern from Scratch is not only a beautiful work (as are typical with Roost Books' titles and Ashley's modus operandi) but also shares a collection of recipes that we will turn to time and again. From making your own Sour cream or Pimento cheese to Breakfast sausages shaped into meatballs that will turn your brunch upside down, this book will please any level of cook. Recipes include Southern Shakshuka with hoecakes, Buttermilk and smoky paprika fried chicken (using homemade buttermilk but I won't tell anyone if you buy the buttermilk, I promise), and a Salted caramel cake that is slap ya' mama good. This book should be on everyone's bookshelf as it is a valuable resource for scratch cooks as well as those who want reliable home-spun recipes. 

Our   provides a lovely look inside this title and features the following   dishes: 

Thanks to the publisher, Roost Books, for sharing the materials for our preview above and for providing five copies of this keeper title in our giveaway below.

The publisher is offering five copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • leilx  on  8/1/2018 at 1:22 AM

    I would try watermelon rind sloppy Joe’s!

  • Kristjudy  on  8/1/2018 at 5:14 AM

    Slow cooker bbq chicken

  • JRumi  on  8/1/2018 at 6:08 AM

    Brunswick stew

  • vickster  on  8/1/2018 at 7:37 AM

    Meatloaf with Ketchup Crust

  • Lmocooks  on  8/1/2018 at 8:17 AM

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings.

  • sarahawker  on  8/1/2018 at 9:00 AM

    Sweet potato & peanut butter soup with crispy okra "croutons"

  • smartie101  on  8/1/2018 at 9:23 AM

    Peach Basil Ice Cream

  • stjones  on  8/1/2018 at 9:33 AM

    Pork chop stack with apple butter & cheddar

  • robynnemellor  on  8/1/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Pork chop stack with apple butter and cheddar

  • riley  on  8/1/2018 at 11:45 AM

    Green tomato pickles

  • Brancica  on  8/1/2018 at 12:12 PM

    I’d try paprika fried chicken

  • FireRunner2379  on  8/1/2018 at 1:33 PM

    I would like to try the Pork tenderloin with cherry & dried fruit compote.

  • Sheli  on  8/1/2018 at 1:50 PM

    I'm feeling the Southern shakshuka with hoecakes.

  • matag  on  8/1/2018 at 3:23 PM

    Cornbread sausage casserole

  • ixoye2u  on  8/1/2018 at 3:26 PM

    Chicken fried shrimp with comeback sauce

  • beetangsurat  on  8/1/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Tomato jam! Then shrimp and grits, of course.

  • LSanders  on  8/1/2018 at 6:45 PM

    Paprika fried chicken

  • ravensfan  on  8/1/2018 at 8:36 PM

    Chow chow

  • monasli  on  8/1/2018 at 11:17 PM

    Cornbread sausage casserole

  • lgroom  on  8/2/2018 at 11:03 AM

    Cornbread and sausage casserole

  • mph993  on  8/2/2018 at 1:48 PM

    Southern shakshuka with hoecakes

  • rchesser  on  8/2/2018 at 4:41 PM

    The Shrimp & Grits.

  • amandabeck  on  8/2/2018 at 4:57 PM

    Sausage meatballs with hot pepper glaze!

  • t.t  on  8/3/2018 at 11:27 PM

    Tomato jam

  • southerncooker  on  8/4/2018 at 11:38 AM

    Bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds sound delicious and I love b

  • amandapros  on  8/4/2018 at 7:14 PM

    definitely I'd try the goat cheese and smoked trout tomato jam sandwiches! yum!

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 7:57 PM

    Pork tenderloin with cherry & dried fruit compote sounds fantastic.

  • MiMi60  on  8/5/2018 at 11:28 AM

    I would like to try Piggy popcorn.

  • Siegal  on  8/5/2018 at 12:04 PM

    I want to make pimento cheese dip

  • RSW  on  8/5/2018 at 12:08 PM

    Pickled beet & fennel salad

  • mpdeb98  on  8/5/2018 at 7:06 PM

    Sour cream bacon dip

  • sgump  on  8/5/2018 at 7:16 PM

    Sign me up for pickled watermelon rind--it's something I remember from my childhood (in Kentucky) but also something I've not enjoyed in YEARS.

  • tennyogirl  on  8/5/2018 at 11:51 PM

    Bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds

  • Wojtanowski  on  8/6/2018 at 2:52 PM

    Brunswick Stew

  • kmn4  on  8/6/2018 at 3:48 PM

    Potato pickle soup

  • KarenGlad  on  8/7/2018 at 6:12 AM

    Sour cream bacon dip

  • jmay42066  on  8/7/2018 at 3:11 PM

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings

  • demomcook  on  8/8/2018 at 12:01 AM

    Blueberry Ketchup

  • Dannausc  on  8/10/2018 at 7:08 PM

    Pickled okra

  • debbiehb  on  8/11/2018 at 6:06 AM

    Pimento cheese dip

  • dtremit  on  8/11/2018 at 3:34 PM

    I love good Hushpuppies!

  • Steben  on  8/11/2018 at 6:50 PM

    Muscadine, peach & herb gelatin salad

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  8/14/2018 at 9:55 AM

    I would make the bread & butter pickle grilled cheese rounds.

  • sam2222  on  8/14/2018 at 3:27 PM

    Slow cooker BBQ chicken. I have a slow cooker, can get a nice fresh chicken, all I need now it this delicious looking book to prepare it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • threefourpfeif  on  8/15/2018 at 7:46 PM

    Pimento cheese dip

  • Wojtanowski  on  8/21/2018 at 10:49 AM

    cornbread sausage casserole

  • JJWong  on  8/22/2018 at 1:12 PM

    Pimento cheese dip

  • davisesq212  on  8/22/2018 at 2:33 PM

    Serafina's chicken & grits is what I would try first.

  • floridagld  on  8/24/2018 at 7:31 PM

    loved chow chow...LOVE our seafood and BBQ...just love southern anything as a true southern gal I picked pickled shrimp chow chow.

  • Julia  on  8/24/2018 at 9:54 PM

    Cornbread sausage casserole.

  • fbrunetti  on  8/25/2018 at 10:00 AM

    Dilly beans

  • tararr  on  8/25/2018 at 2:33 PM

    Pimento cheese dip

  • jim.windle  on  8/25/2018 at 3:04 PM

    Pickled okra

  • cora429  on  8/25/2018 at 5:01 PM

    Sausage meatballs with hot pepper jelly glaze

  • RickPearson54  on  8/26/2018 at 8:28 AM

    chow chow

  • sequoia55  on  8/26/2018 at 7:36 PM

    Chow chow

  • circ2000  on  8/27/2018 at 6:48 AM

    Chow chow

  • artthecat  on  8/27/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Hot corn relish

  • lisambb  on  8/28/2018 at 10:50 AM

    Smoky spicy cheese straws

  • skyejaden  on  8/30/2018 at 7:47 AM

    the southern macaroni salad!!

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Southern Mac Salad

  • NaomiH  on  8/31/2018 at 10:40 AM

    Serafina's chicken & grits

  • Lesliehauser  on  9/1/2018 at 7:59 PM

    Goat cheese and onion relish

  • hungryinhouston  on  9/2/2018 at 11:08 PM

    Pickled beet deviled eggs sound fabulous!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  9/3/2018 at 7:44 AM

    love macaroni salad of all types so would start with the southern macaroni salad found on page 32 from "Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes" by Ashley English

  • ebs  on  9/3/2018 at 8:54 PM


  • orchidlady01  on  9/6/2018 at 4:12 AM

    Bread & butter pickles

  • auntietina  on  9/7/2018 at 12:47 AM

    Chicken fried shrimp with comeback sauce.

  • choppergirl  on  9/7/2018 at 8:14 PM

    Pickled shrimp & chow chow

  • EmilyR  on  9/11/2018 at 1:17 AM

    Goat cheese & onion relish spread

  • Francisa  on  9/11/2018 at 3:04 AM

    brown butter and bourbon braised cabbage

  • ket06e  on  9/12/2018 at 10:21 AM

    sweet potato and peanut butter soup with okra croutons!

  • jenlhawes  on  9/15/2018 at 1:17 PM

    Peach basil ice cream

  • mkcorban  on  9/15/2018 at 2:13 PM

    Shrimp and grits buffet

  • LeighF  on  9/15/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Chicken and Herbed Dumplings.

  • lauriesk  on  9/15/2018 at 6:31 PM

    I would try the Cornbread sausage casserole.

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