Cookbook Review: Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides

SOUTH POLLSurvey 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. 

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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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Cookbook Review: Southern Comfort

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. 

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SOUTHERN COMFORT

By Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing ($35)

The husband-and-wife team behind the New Orleans restaurant MiLa gives down-home cooking a restaurant- kitchen spin. Exhibit A: Roasted Okra with Chili Oil, which gets a spicy Indian edge.

—Allyson Dickman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

From the October Issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray