Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook

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Show me a recipe with pecans, and I have to try it." Attributing her own love of this American nut to the state of her birth—Georgia is the nation's leader in growing pecans—and to the happy fact that her mother "hardly made a cookie, candy, or pan of Sunday dressing without them," Kathleen Purvis teaches readers how to find, store, cook, and completely enjoy this southern delicacy. Pecans includes fifty-two recipes, ranging from traditional to inventive, from uniquely southern to distinctly international, ...

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Overview

Show me a recipe with pecans, and I have to try it." Attributing her own love of this American nut to the state of her birth—Georgia is the nation's leader in growing pecans—and to the happy fact that her mother "hardly made a cookie, candy, or pan of Sunday dressing without them," Kathleen Purvis teaches readers how to find, store, cook, and completely enjoy this southern delicacy. Pecans includes fifty-two recipes, ranging from traditional to inventive, from uniquely southern to distinctly international, including Bourbon-Orange Pecans, Buttermilk-Pecan Chicken, Pecan Pralines, and Leche Quemada.
In addition to the recipes, Purvis delights readers with the pecan's culinary history and its intimate connections with southern culture and foodways. Headnotes for the recipes offer humorous personal stories as well as preparation tips such as how to choose accompanying cheeses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
SAVOR THE SOUTH—designed to give Dixie's most time-honored ingredients their due.—Garden & Gun

Versatile, grounded, homey, and elegant when necessary, Southern cooking is always appealing and appropriate. These books will get you started.—Appetite for Books

From the Publisher
"One of the foremost voices in southern food writing celebrates the South's iconic nut—and does it proud."—Damon Lee Fowler, author of Classical Southern Cooking and The Savannah Cookbook

"Kathleen Purvis is one of the South's finest food writers and in Pecans, she celebrates one of the region's most distinctive ingredients. If you are a pecan lover, as I am, you will find this collection of approachable recipes and entertaining lore invaluable."—Karen Barker, author of Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts

Library Journal
Purvis (food editor, Charlotte Observer) has an infectious love of pecans. In a concise introduction that details her obsession, she makes an easy transition from charming (often hilarious) anecdotes to lesser-known food history and science. Her recipes offer more than the usual cookies and pies; there are sweet and savory party foods (e.g., Sweet Heat Sriracha Pecans, Tallahassee Cheese Ring), stuffed and crusted mains, Thanksgiving-worthy sides, and—of course—desserts (e.g., Chocolate Praline Cheesecake). VERDICT A book for readers who can't get enough of pecans. For more recipes, try Keith Courrege and Marcelle Bienvenu's Pecans from Soup to Nuts or June Jackson's In Praise of Pecans: Recipes & Recollections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807835791
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Series: Savor the South Cookbooks Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 316,201
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Purvis is food editor of the Charlotte Observer and a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Association of Food Journalists, and the James Beard Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Appetizers and Party Foods 13

Basic Buttered, Salted Pecans 14

Smoky Garlic-Mustard Pecans 15

Sweet Heat Sriracha Pecans 16

Bourbon-Orange Pecans 17

Pecan-Orange Bourbon 18

Old-Fashioned 19

Nibble Mix 20

Blue Cheese Pecan Spread 22

Pecan Pimento Cheese 23

Cheddar-Pecan Wafers 24

Tallahassee Cheese Ring 26

French Bread Baked Brie 27

Praline Brie 28

Main Dishes 29

Fruity, Nutty Chicken Salad 30

Buttermilk-Pecan Chicken 32

Shrimp and Farfalle with Pecan Pesto 34

Honey-Pecan Chicken 36

Pecan-Stuffed Chicken Breasts 37

Pecan Chicken Breasts with Dijon Cream Sauce 38

Pecan-Crusted Grouper 40

Pecan-Stuffed Game Hens 42

Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs 44

Salads and Sides 45

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pecans 46

Pecan Vinaigrette 48

Pecan Waldorf Salad 49

Cornbread Dressing with Pecans and Apples 50

Bourbon-Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans 52

Broccoli-Pecan Salad 54

Fresh Cranberry Relish 55

Roasted Broccoli with Browned Butter Pecan Sauce 56

Desserts 57

Classic Southern Pecan Pie 58

Crispy Pecan Pie 59

Pecan Cream Pie 60

Chocolate-Maple Pecan Pie 61

Chocolate Praline Cheesecake 62

Pecan Meringue Bites 64

Crispy Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies 66

World's Greatest Pecan Cookies 68

Pecan Tassies 70

Pecan Lace Cookies 72

Pecan Toffee 74

Leche Quemada 76

Coconut-Pecan Dessert Bars 78

Pecan Pralines 79

Baked Pecan Toffee 80

Pecan Penuche 81

Southern Pecan Ice Cream 82

Easy Praline Ice Cream Topping 83

Orange-Cherry Pecan Bread 84

Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake with Strawberry-Pecan Butter 86

Buttermilk-Pecan Waffles with Pecan Syrup 88

Microwave Pecan Brittle 90

Acknowledgments 91

Index 93

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