King, Southern Living's in-house frying expert, checks in with a genuinely heartstopping collection of over 100 fried delicacies that range from the expected (classic fried chicken, fried turkey, fried green tomatoes, beignets, Chicken Fried Steak) to the sinfully decadent (Fried Confetti Corn calls for 8 bacon slices, ½ cup of half and half, and an entire 8oz package of cream cheese) to the outrageous (Deep-fried candy corn, Deep-Fried Pecan Pie, Deep-Fried Jack and Coke—a bourbon ball drizzled with a cola reduction). Purists will appreciate King's labor-intensive take on French fries that reward diners with a crisp outside and fluffy interior, while those new to frying will most definitely appreciate his advice on choosing proper oils as well as avoiding—or at least managing—grease fires, should they arise. King's a bona-fide registered dietician, but that doesn't seem to factor in to his recipes all that much. He does opt for healthier breading (panko is a favorite), but no nutritional information is provided for any of his recipes. Southern cooking traditionalists and those with a soft-spot for all things fried will have a field day with this accessible and valuable collection. (Mar.)
For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive Southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to over 16 million readers monthly, making it one of the most trusted lifestyle brands in the country.
Author Norman King joined Southern Living in 2007 and welcomed the Southern culture with open arms. A trained chef and Registered Dietitian, he's dedicated to sharing his nutritional and culinary expertise in an easy-to-access and understand format. He loves cooking at home, sliding his feet under a table while sharing a great meal with fantastic company.
Norman's easy-going demeanor and causal style has made him a popular guest with both regional and national media. Norman has made multiple national media appearances for both the magazine and as spokesperson on prior Southern Living books, including a recent holiday appearance on The Today Show sharing his ideas for "reinventing" Thanksgiving leftovers. He will also soon be making a guest appearance on CMT's reality series "Sweet Home Alabama".