Jean Anderson's new cookbook deliciously brings together two of her lifelong passions—great food and North Carolina pottery. Fans of both will celebrate. While always meant for one another, pottery and cooking are enjoying a new romance—many potters have introduced designs, glazes, and techniques that make pottery more versatile, while others continue making the traditional pie plates, casseroles, jugs, and mugs that made the state's pottery famous. Potters now routinely tuck recipes into everything from stoneware angel-food cake pans to salt-glazed bean pots, and Anderson has selected a treasury of 76 favorite recipes contributed by the twenty-four gifted North Carolina potters featured in this book.Following an introduction to the North Carolina pottery traditions and general instructions for cooking in clay, Anderson sets off on three tours, pinpointed on maps, that wind through the state's prime pottery regions—the Greater Triangle, Seagrove-Asheboro, and the Catawba Valley/Mountains. She profiles the featured potters, sharing their captivating backstories and favorite, fully tested recipes. How about trying Ben Owen's persimmon pudding, Mark Hewitt's South African beef bobotie, or Siglinda Scarpa's Italian fruit tart, to name just a few of the dishes that span the South and the globe. Beautiful photographs of recipes in their clay vessels will urge you to dig in.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Jean Anderson, winner of six best-cookbook awards and a member of the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame, is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, most recently Crisps, Cobblers, Custards & Creams. After many years working in the New York City publishing world, she came home to North Carolina, bought an old house, and filled it with cookbooks and pottery.
What People are Saying About This
Jean Anderson's lovely book connects the traditions and heritage of North Carolina pottery with food a terrific concept that will appeal to ceramic art collectors and North Carolina pottery enthusiasts. But it will also appeal to many home cooks, especially those of us who pledge allegiance to the Tarheel State."-–Elizabeth Sims, author of Tupelo Honey: Southern Spirits and Small Plates
During my visits with Jean to North Carolina potteries, I bought several pieces of pottery but never focused on all their possible uses until I read this book. I knew about pie, of course, cornbread, and beans. But kimchee? Baked chicken? Layered ratatouille? Turns out potters are creative not only in shaping clay but also in preparing dinner. These are the kinds of recipes that resonate with me because they are tasty, old-fashioned, and made from scratch.Sara Moulton, host of Sara's Weeknight Meals from American Public Television
Jean Anderson's passion for pottery and cooking leaps from the pages as she bakes North Carolina culture, history, and food into the perfect book. The combination of down-home recipes with adventurous global cuisine offers delicious choices for every kind of cook. I'm a little worried about the deluge of visitors this book will bring to the potters. They'll have a hard time keeping up with the demand for their goods once readers get this book into their kitchens.Moreton Neal, author of Remembering Bill Neal: Favorite Recipes from a Life in Cooking
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very elegant book with some beautiful pottery, complementing the recipes that are served in them. The recipes are provided by a number of potters/potteries centred in North Carolina. The recipes are very easy to follow and look amazing in there settings - beautiful photography . I would have like that all the recipes in the book had photos. unfortunately a lot missed out. Despite that, it is a lovely book with nice recipes and nice life stories that accompany them.
I have many beautiful pieces of pottery that I had never thought to actually cook in. They were for show only. BUT, Jean Anderson has inspired me to prepare dishes designed to be served in my favorite bowls and accent their beauty while showing off my improved cooking skills. I've tried about half the recipes in this book. They received rave results from my friends and family. I have collected cookbooks for many years. This one has earned a place of honor on my kitchen shelves!
I was really excited to get a hold of this book! I own several of Ms. Anderson’s other cookbooks and have enjoyed them tremendously. Also, the idea of cooking in pottery is intriguing to me! Obviously, all recipes can be cooked in other cookware if you don’t have pottery. Ms. Anderson first starts us off with her Introduction in giving us information on North Carolina’s Pottery community. She then gives us a Pottery Primer with defining pottery, giving us useful information on glaze types, and a Q & A on cooking in clay. She then gives us some information on Ingredients used in the recipes. Each recipe chapter has a specific Potter with information on their company and contact info. Then we get that particular Potter’s chosen recipes. I have to admit, I was in recipe heaven when I opened up this book. A wide variety of recipes are included and not overly complicated ingredients or directions. Just a small sample of the recipes I have marked to try: • Pollo Arrosto Ripienom (Roast Chicken Italian Style) • Tagliatelle alla Novarese with Portabella Mushrooms • Summer Squash and Roasted Tomato Pie • My Father’s Baked Beans • Apple-Pecan Crisp • Sweet Potato Bread with Walnuts and Dried Cranberries • Grilled Corn Grits • Butternut Squash Parmesan • Lyn’s Couldn’t Be Easier Tomato Pie • Bobotie At the end of this fantastic cookbook, Ms. Anderson has a handy Address Book - An Alphabetical List of Potters with Contact Information. If you’re in the North Carolina area it’s a wonderful resource. Then finally she ends the book with a Sources guide to Where to Buy Unusual Ingredients that are in the recipes in the book. Overall this was a fantastic book, interesting and unique with tons of delicious recipes to try. I would love to have seen more photos of the finished recipes, especially inside the beautiful pottery containers. The recipe photos that were included in the book were delicious looking and I loved the various pottery dishes that were shown. It was a beautiful, well-made cookbook and I would definitely recommend it!