southern cookbook recommendations?

I just got back to NYC from a trip to Charleston and Savannah, and I'd love to get some good books on the cooking of the Deep South. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm looking for old-fashioned (boiled peanuts, pimento cheese) but I wouldn't mind some more modern recipes as well, and anything with good appetizer and vegetable sides would be especially appreciated.

Thanks so much!



mamariz May 31, 2014
No question -- get a copy of Charleston Receipts. Classic Junior League cookbook -- real Southern cooking.
Shuna L. May 28, 2014
Shuck beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken by Ronni Lundy. Great stories, photos, methods by legendary southern musicians. I bought this book 20+ years ago and it's still resonant in the baking I do today.
SBMCW May 28, 2014

plainhomecook May 20, 2014
I like "Seasoned in the South," from the chef at Crook's Corner in Carrboro, NC.
SoupLady May 19, 2014
I second Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock's 'Gift of Southern Cooking' - it's truly a wonderful book. I would also add Bill Neal's 'Southern Cooking' and the Lee Brothers Charleston Cookbook. If you want to go old-school - Mrs. Dull's Southern Cooking and Charleston Receipts.
ChefJune May 19, 2014
any book by Edna Lewis is a treasure! also any book by Nathalie Dupree. And check out "Bon Appetit, Y'All" by Virginia Willis.
petitbleu May 19, 2014
Anything by Edna Lewis (she's the real deal). I also love the Lee Brothers (they just came out with a really nice-looking book on Charleston cuisine). Don't rule out the paperback junior league or church cookbooks, though. Often, those cheap and ragged spiral-bound things are great representations of regional cooking (although you often have to sift through the condensed soup non-recipes to get to the good ones). Try looking at Bonnie Slotnick's for some of those.
SBMCW May 19, 2014

This is a good resource for Southern cooking.
Patti I. May 19, 2014
I would recommend the fun book "Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral" which has great recipes for Pimento Cheese!
mainecook61 May 18, 2014
The Art of Southern Cooking (Lewis and Peacock) is a wonderful book; I second those recommenders. My copy is all marked up.
Sam1148 May 18, 2014
Here are two very good ones.
The Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook:

And Frank Sitt's Southern Table:
Dave O. May 18, 2014
Get yourself a subscription to Southern Living.
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 18, 2014
Check out this blogger and her cookbooks:
amysarah May 18, 2014
Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock authored this wonderful book:
Also, Craig Claiborne (raised in the deep South) has an excellent book on Southern cooking - he's not mentioned much around here, but he really was one of the best recipe writers:
pierino May 18, 2014
The Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock collaboration (The Art of Southern Cooking) is indeed something of a milestone. So is Edna Lewis's earlier book, A Taste of Country Cooking.
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