The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival

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Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counter is piled high with sweets like Peach Fried Pies as well as seasonal produce, local milk, and freshly baked bread.

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Overview

Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counter is piled high with sweets like Peach Fried Pies as well as seasonal produce, local milk, and freshly baked bread.

“Be the Change” has always been the store’s motto, and that’s just what it has done. What started as a place to meet and eat is now so much more, as the grocery has become the heart of a now-bustling country town. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook shares 120 of the store’s best recipes, giving home cooks everywhere a taste of the food that brought a community together, sparking friendships, reviving traditions, and revitalizing an American Main Street.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Water Valley, Miss., is a small, rural village saved from obscurity by being just 25 minutes from the campus town of Oxford, and by being fortunate enough to be the home of chef Grimes and self-made business woman van Beuren. B.T.C., which stands for “Be the Change,” is their little grocery cum diner that could, a local favorite that caught national attention when van Beuren was profiled in a 2012 New York Times article that also highlighted Grimes’s pear zucchini soup. This effort to share the B.T.C. experience is a gentle mix of traditional Southern fare, creative variations thereon, and profiles of the only mildly colorful local residents like Mickey Howley, who drops by for cauliflower soup, and Billy Ray Brown, their milkman. Van Beuren’s unadorned prose keeps the character studies pure, with a refreshingly minimal amount of folksiness, while Grimes’s 120 recipes alternate between classic and surprising. Her shrimp salad is chock full of Hellmann’s, but her tuna salad calls for two types of raisins. Having cooked in several fine restaurants over her 20-year career, Grimes also has no problem combining interesting flavors and textures, as with her honey pecan catfish and her oyster casserole with pimentos, dry vermouth, and nutmeg, topped with crushed Ritz crackers. (Mar.)
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“ ‘Be the Change, indeed! This inspirational story makes me proud of the new South. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook is packed with down-home comfort recipes, as well as modern takes on traditional Southern ingredients. Magnificent color photos, detailed, helpful tips, and cheerful stories make this a welcome newcomer to the cookbook library.
Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appetit, Y’all and Basic to Brilliant, Y’all
 
The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook is charming. Alexe and Dixie share, so openheartedly, the story of one little market, and by doing so give readers a chance to revel in a rural small-town revival. Hoop and Havarti Macaroni, Sweet Potato and Green Chile Casserole, Peach Icebox Pies—the recipes inspire home cooks to remember the classics they cherish and draw their loved ones around the table for good, old-fashioned conversation.”
Martha Hall Foose, author of Screen Doors and Sweet Tea and A Southerly Course
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385345002
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 55,528
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXE VAN BEUREN is the owner of The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery. Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she now lives with her husband and their two children in Water Valley, Mississippi.
 
DIXIE GRIMES is an Oxford, Mississippi, native, who has cooked for more than two decades in many fine restaurants. She has helmed the kitchen of the B.T.C. since 2011.

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  • Posted August 9, 2014

    When I first saw The B.T.C Old Fashion Cookbook I knew I had to

    When I first saw The B.T.C Old Fashion Cookbook I knew I had to have it. I grew up on home style Southern cooking and I loved seeing a cookbook that featured recipes I knew and loved as a child. The recipes are something easy that I can recreate for my family. True to the words, Old Fashioned.

    I love the cover! The red makes the front pop and definitely grabs your attention. I love the stories that are featured on the inside. Another thing I really love is what B.T.C stands for, “Be The Change.” Also, the author, Alexe Van Beuren is from Water Valley Mississippi and the way it is described it sounds like everyone knows everyone in their town which I can relate to on so many levels.

    The cookbook has 120 recipes. The photographs of some of the recipes truly showcase the amazing food. All the recipes call for everyday ordinary things, it’s not one of those high end fancy cookbooks that call for ingredients the average stay at home wife/mom haven’t heard of before. This is a cookbook that you will reach for over and over again.

    Overall, this is one of the best cookbooks I have ever had the opportunity to review. The cookbook reminds me of the old recipes my grandmother made for me as a child so it brings back a lot of good memories for me. I am very thankful to have this cookbook. I would definitely recommend to anyone!

    I received this book for free from Blogging For Books Program in exchange for my honest review.

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