Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking

Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking

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Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Virginia Willis's Bon Appetit, Y'All is a magical blend of Southern charm and French cuisine. Virginia compiles three generations of Southern recipes from her grandmother Meme, her mama, and herself (trained at culinary schools in France, Virginia's recipes reflect traditional French cuisine in gratins, soufflés, confits, sprinklings of tarragon and pots de crème). Frequently, recipes will be paired with their counterparts; cheese straws are next to cheesy gougeres, pot roast and brisket cozy up to boeuf bourignonne, and fried chicken and gravy share court with tarragon chicken salad and coq au vin. In addition to beef, pork, lamb and poultry, there are numerous seafood recipes for shrimp and grits, crawfish, gumbo, oysters and crab. The recipes call for seasonal ingredients whenever possible, and despite the meat-heavy connotations of Southern (and French) cuisine, there are numerous veggie-based dishes (cold salads, numerous preparations of okra, vegetable succotash, green beans, squash, smoky collard greens and more), particularly where tomatoes are concerned, that will take advantage of your garden or local farmer's market. The recipes are very clearly laid out, each with a formidable note regarding the origins of a certain recipe, oftentimes family reminiscences of her grandmother's cooking and hand-me-down kitchen utensils (the fatback recipe was fascinating; essentially skillet-fried lard, this was served as a country dinner in the past). There are frequent sidebars containing useful information on ingredients and kitchen tools and techniques for a given recipe. Beautiful photographs capture the feel of the dishes, along with country artwork and luscious produce. A wonderful taste of the South fused with French cuisine (shades of Julia, here), Bon Appetit, Y'All is sure to delight home cooks and cookbook collectors alike. The recipes are straightforward enough to be doable (the squeamish / accident-prone may want to skip the primer on cutting up a whole chicken, however), and the end results are well worth the time invested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for a gift, but now I have to buy a new one because I've already used it twice and left crumbs and smudges!Great read as well as wonderful recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any recipe by Virginia is an absolute winner!! I would love to meet her to get my food - stained book autographed. The recipe for catfish fingers with country remoulade is amazing! As are all the recipes.Its sophisticated southern cooking. Not sure who would possibly be giving this book a low rating but they clearly are not serious cooks. Perhaps they would have been happier with one of the spiral bound church fundraiser cookbooks. By the way, I have at least 200 cookbooks and this is one of the big winners!
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