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A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home by Martha Hall Foose

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  • Venison meatballs

    • TrishaCP on January 08, 2017

      I made a half batch of these (about 8 large meatballs) and they were absolutely delicious. I wasn't making the mustard sauce, so I braised them in chicken stock instead. They stayed moist and tender. One tweak I would make next time would be to use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. I know garlic powder can be easier to incorporate into meatballs than fresh, but it just doesn't taste as good.

  • Soda crackers

    • twoyolks on November 29, 2016

      This makes a huge amount of very good, rich crackers. I used a 1 1/2" round ravioli cutter, rolled the dough too thick, made 105 crackers, and still had a lot of leftover dough. Contrary to what the recipe header claims, these do not last. They go stale very easily, even in a sealed container overnight.

  • Peanut slaw

    • Deborah on July 26, 2011

      Don't own the book but saw this recipe in the Boston Globe last week, in Susie Chang's review of the book. It was a huge hit -- made it the other night with an Asian stir-fry, for which it was the perfect accompanimen. Subbed green cabbage for napa (out at the market), and used Thai chile sauce I had in the fridge for sriracha. Super easy -- in fact, am making it again tonight by popular demand! May have to buy the book just on the strength of this recipe...

  • Mexican Co-Cola drumsticks

    • chawkins on May 02, 2016

      This is okay even though my husband quite liked it, but then he likes anything drumstick. I did deviate from the cooking method. Instead of deep frying the drumsticks and then simmer them in the marinade diluted with chicken broth, I just baked by basting with the marinade several times during the process.

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Reviews about this book

  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    Foose writes storybooks. In a typical cookbook, headnotes on recipes offer vital information...Foose’s headnotes and subtitles are so wildly creative they are practically a genre of their own.

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  • ISBN 10 0307464288
  • ISBN 13 9780307464286
  • Published Apr 12 2011
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Clarkson N Potter Publishers
  • Imprint Clarkson N Potter Publishers

Publishers Text

In the highly anticipated follow-up to her bestselling Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, Martha Hall Foose shares recipes and stories that are even closer to her home and heart.

A Southerly Course delves deep into Mississippi Delta flavors and foodways, where Martha finds inspiration in local ingredients—from figs and sweet potatoes to crawfish and venison. In her signature style, she pairs each recipe with an anecdote or words of advice, her memorable tales about each dish lingering long after the last bite has been polished off.

Martha’s beloved Southern cuisine is a fresh take on homey favorites fiercely protected by the locals, including Skillet Fried Corn, Sweet Pickle Braised Pork Shoulder, and Blackberry Jelly Roll. Dishes such as Sweet-and-Sour Salsify and Peanut Chicken, on the other hand, reflect the influence other cuisines have had on Southern cooking. Martha’s lifelong bond with Mississippi is most apparent when she introduces her friends and family; she dedicates Burgundy Duck to a fiery group of women duck hunters called the Swamp Witches, while her cousin’s new wife inspires Korean-style Grilled Green Onions. And in recalling her former neighbor, the famed author Eudora Welty, she reveals the secret to a perfect Custard Pie.

With more than 100 recipes and beautiful color photographs, this book is a wonderful, personal look into the South that Martha loves. Gather around her table in A Southerly Course for unforgettable food and vivid stories, both hallmarks in a rich Southern tradition.

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