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

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

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by Alexe van Beuren, Dixie Grimes
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

“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.)
From the Publisher
“ ‘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:
9780385345019
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
840,151
File size:
28 MB
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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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The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
So much more than 'just' a cookbook, "The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook" is filled with stories and history, some that just make you laugh out loud! I love the tidbits at the beginning of the recipes. Some of us ladies were chatting during potluck at church Sunday about dressing vs. stuffing, and I had to share from this book. All the Southerners fully agreed that it's cornbread dressing (NOT stuffing) and it never goes inside the bird! There are so many great recipes in this book, many of which I grew up on. I love Chess Pie and while this recipe will make a good pie, I recommend switching the tablespoon of flour to cornmeal (straight cornmeal, not the cornmeal mix) and adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. I know, I know. Vinegar in a pie? Trust me on this one, it's fabulous! So many classic Southern recipes are in here such as Red-Eye Gravy, Apple Salad, Red-Rind Pimento Cheese, Cornbread Dressing and Fried Pies. I grew up on Fried Dried Apple Pies. My mom would dry apples in the summer, and then all through the fall and winter, she would take some out, cook them with her own concoction of spices and sugar and fill the pies with that. Oh, my! Part of me feels like that's the only real fried pie, but part of me is definitely wanting to try her recipe for peach pies! Along with some old favorites are some newer recipes that definitely weren't on our table growing up, but sound great such as Roasted Fennel Mashed Potatoes, Crab-Meat Stuffed Mushrooms, and Watermelon Salad with Feta. The only drawbacks I found in this book is some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients (for instance, her recipe for sausage gravy has 14 ingredients. I'm a bit of a purist in some things, and this would be one of them. I'm going to pass on all the ground anise, dried mustard, Tabasco, etc and just stick with sausage, oil, flour, salt, pepper and milk. It tastes great!), and too many recipes have alcohol in them. I might occasionally buy a cooking wine at the grocery store, but I don't drink, and I'm not buying beer, tequila, rum, etc. That, however, is a personal thing and does not lower my rating. I'll work around it when I can, and just not make that particular recipe if I can't. Give this book a try. I think you'll be very happy you did! I received a copy of this book through the program Blogging for Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
64640 More than 1 year ago
Good Book, Good Recipes, Good Stories and Great People. After reading it, twice now, feel like I already know the people and smell the food. I live 10 hours away and in the process of planning a road trip.
BrittneyA_22 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago