Secrets of the Southern Table by Virginia Willis

Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South by Virginia Willis takes the reader on a tour of today's South with not only classic Southern recipes but dishes that draw from the area's many global influences, like Catfish tacos with avocado crema and Mississippi-Style Char Siu pork tenderloin.


In addition to the recipes, Virginia profiles some of the diverse chefs, farmers, and other culinary influencers who are shaping contemporary Southern cuisine. Together, these stories and the delicious recipes that accompany them celebrate the rich and ever-evolving heritage of Southern cooking.Her essays include topics such as Vietnamese shrimpers in Texas and a profile of Anson Mills which produces grains that many chefs - Southern or otherwise - turn to. Of all Virginia's books, this is my favorite - it is as much a great read as a collection of recipes to draw inspiration and cook from. Today, I made peach preserves - tomorrow I'm baking with the rest of my peaches and plan on making the Peach upside-down cake (among other peach desserts) and will come back and update this post (post updated - this recipe is so easy and so delicious!) There are so many recipes in this book that I want to make and thankfully I will be able to make them as Secrets of the Southern Table is one of our selections for next month's Eat Your Books Coobook Club. For those on the fence about this book, it is on sale right now for 2.99 for a Kindle copy. 

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Special thanks to the publisher HMH for supplying the materials needed for our preview as well as for providing three copies of this stunner of a book in our giveaway below. 

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and CA. 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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69 Comments

  • ebs  on  8/28/2018 at 8:41 PM

    Baked farro and mushrooms!

  • Kristjudy  on  8/28/2018 at 9:09 PM

    Pimento cheese tomatoes herb pie

  • jmay42066  on  8/28/2018 at 10:03 PM

    Roasted tomatoes stuffed with summer vegetables

  • JRumi  on  8/29/2018 at 7:23 AM

    Roasted tomatoes stuffed with summer vegetables

  • vickster  on  8/29/2018 at 7:31 AM

    Pimiento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie sounds incredible!

  • Siegal  on  8/29/2018 at 8:19 AM

    I would love to make spicy macaroni and cheese

  • Lmocooks  on  8/29/2018 at 8:26 AM

    Summer hoecakes

  • Karen.2018  on  8/29/2018 at 8:31 AM

    I would love to try the Spicy Macaroni & Cheese!

  • PanNan  on  8/29/2018 at 8:56 AM

    Greek Crispy Lemon-Herb Potatoes for me!

  • kmn4  on  8/29/2018 at 10:58 AM

    Lemon icebox tart with saltine cracker crust

  • infotrop  on  8/29/2018 at 11:49 AM

    Latin fried chicken chopped salad

  • lkgrover  on  8/29/2018 at 3:05 PM

    Shrimp and roasted corn chowder sounds delicious. Or Catfish tacos with avocado crema if fresh corn is not in season.

  • MiMi60  on  8/29/2018 at 3:19 PM

    Cheesy broccoli and rice bake

  • Lynnd219  on  8/29/2018 at 3:46 PM

    Lemon icebox tart with saltine crust

  • sarahawker  on  8/29/2018 at 5:10 PM

    Redneck nachos

  • riley  on  8/29/2018 at 7:52 PM

    Pear mostarda

  • davisesq212  on  8/29/2018 at 9:22 PM

    Shrimp and roasted corn chowder

  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 9:34 AM

    Shrimp and roasted corn chowder

  • matag  on  8/30/2018 at 9:39 AM

    Spicy Asian Cajun BBQ shrimp with grilled baguette

  • demomcook  on  8/30/2018 at 2:57 PM

    Pear Mostada

  • tennyogirl  on  8/30/2018 at 4:34 PM

    Summer hoecakes

  • rchesser  on  8/30/2018 at 7:43 PM

    Cheesy broccoli and rice bake .

  • BMeyer  on  8/31/2018 at 8:20 AM

    pear mostada

  • linded  on  8/31/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Steamed mussels with apple cider broth sounds amazing, with hard cider, cider vinegar and tarragon! Not your old school Southern cooking!

  • fluffies  on  8/31/2018 at 2:14 PM

    spicy macaroni and cheese

  • ravensfan  on  8/31/2018 at 8:26 PM

    Cheesy broccoli and rice bake

  • EmRo  on  8/31/2018 at 8:37 PM

    The pimento cheese tomato herb pie sounds great!

  • t.t  on  9/1/2018 at 2:48 AM

    Nashville hot grilled chicken

  • Steben  on  9/1/2018 at 9:31 AM

    Spicy macaroni and cheese

  • LarissaPrusak  on  9/1/2018 at 11:06 AM

    The spicy chicken and Mac& cheese would be my pick.

  • MadMom  on  9/1/2018 at 4:39 PM

    Anything with peaches!

  • Shelley.b  on  9/1/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Spicy mac and cheese

  • mpdeb98  on  9/1/2018 at 8:58 PM

    Latin fried chicken chopped salad

  • debbiehb  on  9/2/2018 at 7:23 AM

    Tomato-ginger green beans

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  9/4/2018 at 6:41 AM

    would like to try the spicy macaroni and cheese found on page 54 from "Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South" by Virginia Willis

  • ktwalla  on  9/4/2018 at 9:28 AM

    Shrimp Burgers with Jalapeno Comeback Sauce

  • thecharlah  on  9/4/2018 at 8:32 PM

    Shrimp burgers with jalapeño comeback sauce

  • heyjude  on  9/6/2018 at 1:44 AM

    Redneck Nachos

  • LaurenE  on  9/6/2018 at 11:15 PM

    Siegal on 8/29/2018 at 8:19 AM I would love to make

  • RSW  on  9/8/2018 at 7:46 AM

    Brussels sprout and benne seed coleslaw

  • choppergirl  on  9/8/2018 at 6:13 PM

    Cheesy broccoli and rice bake

  • EmilyR  on  9/11/2018 at 2:03 AM

    Apple cheddar pancakes

  • ket06e  on  9/12/2018 at 10:50 AM

    sweet potatoes with soy citrus glaze or the brussels sprout and benne seed coleslaw!

  • hillsboroks  on  9/12/2018 at 12:16 PM

    I would try the Cuban-style pork chops with mojo sauce.

  • KarenGlad  on  9/13/2018 at 6:28 AM

    Shrimp burgers with jalapeño comeback sauce

  • NaomiH  on  9/13/2018 at 8:21 AM

    Weeknight chicken and andouille jambalaya

  • jennymnyc  on  9/14/2018 at 12:31 PM

    Cuban-style pork chops with mojo sauce - I love cuban food!

  • auntietina  on  9/15/2018 at 3:02 AM

    Redneck nachos

  • LSanders  on  9/16/2018 at 11:15 AM

    Latin fried chicken chopped salad

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  9/18/2018 at 4:59 AM

    I want to make the Slow-roasted snapper with olives and tomato vierge.

  • jezpurr  on  9/18/2018 at 2:27 PM

    The Peach Upside-Down Cake!!!^_^

  • jigglesfrog  on  9/20/2018 at 12:27 PM

    Pimento cheese tomato-herb pie

  • lauriesk  on  9/20/2018 at 2:23 PM

    Roast beets with arugula and feta-buttermilk dressing

  • Dannausc  on  9/21/2018 at 8:00 PM

    Spicy macaroni and cheese

  • shines5  on  9/21/2018 at 11:54 PM

    I chose the same as the last two :) Roast beets with arugula and feta-buttermilk dressing or Spicy Macaroni and cheese. The okra recipes looked great, too. Hard to choose

  • sequoia55  on  9/22/2018 at 2:01 AM

    Pear mostarda

  • PeavineBlues  on  9/22/2018 at 9:01 AM

    Corn chowder

  • tararr  on  9/22/2018 at 9:09 AM

    Shrimp and roasted corn chowder

  • antpantsii  on  9/24/2018 at 8:14 AM

    Redneck Nachos.

  • banba1  on  9/24/2018 at 2:09 PM

    I've never heard of benne seeds! Would love to try the Brussels sprout and benne seed coleslaw

  • eatysmith  on  9/27/2018 at 9:51 AM

    Pear mostada!

  • mcrimmins  on  9/27/2018 at 2:40 PM

    Spicy Mac and Cheese.

  • circ2000  on  9/29/2018 at 3:24 PM

    Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

  • love2chow  on  9/29/2018 at 3:56 PM

    Smashed fried okra with spicy yogurt dipping sauce and Whole-grain Parmesan cheese grits with spinach and shrimp

  • ejsimpson  on  10/1/2018 at 1:27 PM

    Spicy North Carolina pork shoulder. Or the Chicken Larb with Georgia peanuts..

  • sgump  on  10/2/2018 at 1:55 PM

    I'd try Meme’s cornbread and oyster dressing!

  • orchidlady01  on  10/3/2018 at 3:49 AM

    Yukon Gold and butternut squash colcannon

  • jim.windle  on  10/8/2018 at 4:45 PM

    Lemon icebox tart with saltine cracker crust

  • lgroom  on  10/10/2018 at 12:06 AM

    shrimp and roasted corn chowder

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