Cookbook Review: The Southern Foodie

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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THE SOUTHERN FOODIE: 100 PLACES TO EAT IN THE SOUTH BEFORE YOU DIE

by Chris Chamberlain ($25)

This Nashville native’s Okra, Corn and Tomatoes recipe is inspired by the beloved Ramsey’s Diner in Lexington, KY. Lest anyone question the recipe’s true Southern-ness, the no-fuss dish gets its flavor from bacon grease.

—Allyson Dickman, Assistant Lifestyle Editor

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Cookbook Review: The Glory of Southern Cooking

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. 

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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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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