I'm a Yankee by birth. Half Southern by blood. This means I like clam chowder just as much as I do bbq ribs. I eat apple pie yet I make a mean lemon ice box pie. I make northern potato salad but my corn bread is pure southern. The point is I love food and I love learning how to cook food, whether it be northern or southern. So when I was given the chance to receive the The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes by Dixie Grimes from Blogging for Books I jumped at the chance.
The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook is written by some locals in Water Valley, Mississippi, which makes this the perfect book for me to review because I live in a town about 50 miles from Water Valley.
This cookbook is full of delicious sounding, well presented recipes. You of course can find recipes for foods such as Cornbread dressing, tomato gravy, chocolate gravy, key lime pie, and chicken and dumplings. No southern cookbook is complete without them. You will also find tasty recipes for dishes such as Watermelon Salad with Feta and Artichoke & English Pea Au Gratin. I'm dying to try the chocolate gravy recipe. Chocolate gravy is one of the best things I've ever found in the South. Grew up hearing that you can't have stuff like ice cream for breakfast, then we move to Mississippi and learn that they eat chocolate gravy for breakfast. Yeah, that is what a kid wants to hear.
There are some great recipes in this book. Yes, you will find pecans, peppers, relish, etc used in quite a few recipes because that is how the South is. Put a little bit of everything into a dish. I plan to try out some of the recipes (husband is begging for the Key Lime Pie) but I will probably tweak them a bit because I do not put pickles, peppers, etc into my dishes. All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make some authentic yet modern Southern dishes.
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review*
**All opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.*