Publishers WeeklyWith respect for the past and an enlightened, modern sensibility, the Lee brothers roll up their sleeves and get elbow-deep in Southern cooking in all its sugary, fried goodness. The authors grew up in Charleston, S.C., where they developed a love for boiled peanuts, shrimp and grits, and she-crab soup. Now New Yorkers (and co-proprietors of a mail-order source for Southern pantry staples), the brothers are aware that certain Southern foods have quite a reputation elsewhere in the country ("grits run a close second to lard as the longest-running joke about southern food, perceived by the uninitiated to be a curiosity rather than what they are: a pillar of southern cooking"). As a result, their approach to the cuisine is steeped in research and never snobby. Many recipes are coded "quick knockout," meaning they use just a few ingredients and can be prepared relatively quickly (Fried Oysters, Shrimp Burgers). More involved recipes (Lady Baltimore Cake; Kentucky Burgoo, a meat stew) come with fascinating asides on their origins. Classy, matter-of-fact and welcoming, this volume deserves a permanent place on cooks' shelves by day and on bedside tables by night, as a browsable primer on a world and its food. Photos, line drawings. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
You don't have to be southern to cook southern.
Library JournalThe Lees, frequent contributors to the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Travel & Leisure, are the owners of a mail-order business called the Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalog. Their catalog, and ensuing career as food writers, had a somewhat unlikely start: recently transplanted from Charleston, SC, and homesick for the particularly Southern treat of boiled raw peanuts, the brothers cooked up a big batch in their tiny kitchen on the Lower East Side of New York City and then tried to market them. Eventually, the Times food section ran a note about the peanuts, and their mail-order business was born. They now travel all over the South seeking out regional specialties and writing about their experiences. Once they began developing recipes to go along with their finds, they started playing around with, or rediscovering, other favorite Southern dishes, e.g., Cheese-Grits Chiles Rellenos with Roasted Tomato Gravy and Clover Peach Fried Pies. The brothers are good storytellers, and their cookbook is as entertaining as it is informative. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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