SOUTH POLL: Survey the bookstore and you’ll notice that much of this season’s new cookbook crop hails from below the Mason-Dixon line. But not every book is singing the same Dixie tune: See how four different cookbooks handle the Southern staple, okra.
THE GLORY OF SOUTHERN COOKING by James Villas ($23)
You could call Villas, an expert on everything from biscuits to bacon, the granddaddy of Southern food. He has six okra recipes here, and says that even squeamish non-Southern eaters will love Okra Fritters with Thousand Island Dressing, loaded with onion, green peppers and chili sauce.
—Allyson Dickman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
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