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 different cookbooks handle the Southern staple, okra.
FRED THOMPSON’S SOUTHERN SIDES
by Fred Thompson ($35)
“No Southerner in hisor her right mind would be caught dead without a jar of pickled okra,” says this North Carolina native. And his Crunchy Pickled Okra recipe offers a superlocal serving suggestion: Split ’em open and stuff them with pimento cheese for Southern tapas.
—Allyson Dickman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor
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