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The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous)

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    This review is from: The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in t

    This review is from: The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous) (Paperback)
    I won a copy of this cookbook. It was a great surprise, but not what I expected. Full of recipes, with a history of the restaurant that serves it. It was like taking a tour of the South. Love it and can not wait to get in the kitchen, or even better taking a road trip to one of these hot spots to taste their creation. I live about 2 hours away from one spot and am thinking about a visit to it.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    The Southern Foodie is a cookbook by Chris Chamberlain. It summ

    The Southern Foodie is a cookbook by Chris Chamberlain. It summarizes 100 places to eat in the South. Chris has travelled to these locations and has compiled a book of some of the delicious recipes that were shared with him.

    I got this book mainly because I and my husband have a motorcycle and we love to try new places to eat. We live in Arkansas so I was hoping to get alot of ideas of restaurants to try out. I can't say that happened as he only had a couple in the area we live in. But at the same time there are some great ideas for when we leave the Arkansas area in our travels.

    I know that probably the main reason for the book was more for the recipes and it does have an impressive list of the 100 restaurants in the southern states including Texas and Florida.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an advance reading as part of their Booksneeze bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

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    Southern food, like its hospitality, traditions and stories ar



    Southern food, like its hospitality, traditions and stories are well established and comforting. As the Baltimore born granddaughter and niece of two wonderful Southern cooks I was introduced to hearty breakfast plates that included a bowlful of homemade biscuits and jams, fried chicken or fried pork chops, gravy, eggs ... and pie. For one week each summer in July my world took on a different hue and taste.



    Dinner was served at noon and the produce was fresh and plentiful from the garden. It is easy to recollect the large brightly cloth-covered tables and platters of corn on the cob swimming in butter, meats (often more than one kind), mashed potatoes, steaming bowls of succotash, crisp coleslaw, peaches, slices of watermelon and mounds of freshly baked dinner rolls. All homemade and hearty and proudly served.




    Reading The Southern Foodie (and looking at the pictures) makes it easy to remember sitting at my favorite aunt's table. Her name was Irene Moore and she was beautiful, charming, and a gifted cook. She made is seem effortless, one minute she would be sitting on the back porch snapping green beans and in the next sharing the foods of her labor. Her meals were only one reason I considered my three cousins as extremely lucky.



    The food and the stories gathered in this collection make it a great addition to any cooks bookcase. There are recipes for cornbreak, tomato corn chowder, coconut pie, peach cobbler, tomato gravy, grits, and pot roast. Take an afternoon and spend it with Chris Chamberlain ... you won't be sorry. If you're planning on traveling in any of the "thirteen Southern states" check out their most celebrated restuarants.



    Chris Chamberlain is a food and drink writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has served as a culinary judge at numerous competitions around the South and consulted with several restaurants regarding menu creation and marketing. One of his favorite things in life to do is to put a shoulder on the smoker and watch SEC football all day long while waiing for his porck to reach "pig-picking" temperature as slowly as possible.





    A copy of The Southern Foodie was provided by the publisher Thomas Nelson for review purposes. The words are my own.


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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    This is a Fun Cook Book

    The Southern Foodie -100 Place Eat to Eat in the South before You Die (and the recipes that made them famous) .This book makes you want to grab your best friend and this book and start a food crawl across the south. The author Chris Chamberlain has traveled and written about the places and the food that he loved in the south. You travel through 13 states with the author as you read this cook book and you get the best recipes from the restaurants. The book has great pictures with the recipes to and that is a must for me in a cook book. I love cook books with pictures. I think I might have to make the Redeye Shrimp and Grits from the Westport General Store in Westport KY. or maybe the Fruity Beer Can Chicken from JB Smokehouse on Johns Island SC. Maybe I need to travel a few hours to Fort Smith Arkansas and try the Yellow Crooked Neck Squash at the Calico Country Restaurant or to Penguin Ed’s Bar- B-Q in Fayetteville I mean who doesn’t want to try white chocolate brownies anyway. I just loved this book but I must say I am extremely partial to cook books with pictures that have recipes that have ingredients that you can get at the normal grocery store and that are easy or moderate to make. I just had fun dreaming of places to go. I give this book my four star rating. I must also let you know that I received a complementary copy of this b book from Book Sneeze for my honest opinion and review. The review I have written are just that my honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    The Southern Foodie is an interesting addition to any cookbook c

    The Southern Foodie is an interesting addition to any cookbook collection. It would also be a fun book to have on hand while planning a vacation traveling across the states listed in the book!


    This book lists some noteworthy places to eat across 13 of the southern states. The book is broken down by state. Within each state is listed an average of a half dozen places to eat that are worth pulling off the freeway for. Listed under each restaurant is the address, phone umber, email address, a brief description of what makes the place worth stopping at, a description of the cuisine and atmosphere, its specialties, and an insider tip (whether or not to make a reservation, etc). Then, each restaurant has shared one or two recipes from their menu for you to try!


    As far as the recipes go, I found that many of them had ingredients that I'd either never heard of or don't ordinarily stock in my kitchen. This was not a huge surprise to me as I stock a fairly simple, down-home kitchen with mostly just the basics and I know that. But I'm not sure that I will get much practical cooking use out of this book without adapting the recipes to use ingredients that are either available in my town or that I already have on hand. That said, there were some yummy looking dishes (from appetizers, main courses, and side dishes, to salads and desserts)! I will be sure to try at least a few of these tasty treats in my own home!


    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze blogger book review program and am under no obligation to provide a positive review.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    I love Southern cooking. It means comfort food to me. The Sout

    I love Southern cooking. It means comfort food to me. The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain combines two of my favorite things … home cooking and exploring new restaurants that serve delicious food. The recipes in this book come from 13 different states and draw from some of the best food establishments in the South. This recipe book is unique. It has recipes of course, but it also has interesting facts about each restaurant including comments on the atmosphere, specialties, and insider tips. It can be used as a food travel guide. The bonus is that you also get to cook these tried and true recipes in your own kitchen.
    This is more than just a cookbook. I love to travel, so I can see myself seeking out some of these restaurants to have a firsthand experience; ordering the food I recreated in my own kitchen. Now stop reading my review, get the book and start cooking … or if you prefer, it’s time for a foodie road trip! I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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