Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook

Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook

by Martha Hall Foose
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Screen Doors and Sweet Tea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Martha Hall Foose's "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" is a lovely look at Southern culture and its cuisine. Many of the recipes are linked to Mississippi and Louisiana, but most are common across the South (okra, fried chicken, cheese straws, pot likker greens, cornbread). Each recipe is prefaced by a short story about its origins, full of reminiscences and funny stories. There are also helpful notes along the margins regarding possible variations and alternate ingredients. The appetizer section "Mailbox Happy Hour" includes some lovely cool summer drink ideas (McCarty Pottery Juleps, Mailbox Cocktail, Milk Punch, Cantaloupe Daiquiris) along with nonalcoholic counterparts (Blackberry Limeade, Cherry-Vanilla Cream Soda) and munchies (Roasted Pecans, Buttermilk Bacon Pralines, Yazoo Cheese Straws, Sold My Soul to the Devil-ed Eggs). In addition to old-time favorites like pimiento cheese, you'll also find ethnic-inspired gems like the Apricot Rice Salad and Tabbouleh that are directly linked to Lebanese and Syrian immigration to the South. There are also several variations on gumbo, various chicken dishes (fried, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings), pork (chops, glazed ham, Chinese Grocery Pork), beef (Country-Fried Steak, Midnight Brisket, Chile Lime Skirt Steak), and seafood, rounded out with tasty vegetable sides. Breads and rolls merit a chapter, and desserts include Sweet Tea Pie, Banana Pudding, Dewberry Dumplings, cobbler, fudge squares, and several cakes. The recipes themselves are easy to follow and clearly laid out. There are numerous gorgeous photographs of finished recipes, but no nutritional info. This is a lovely addition to any cookbook collection, particularly those who enjoy collecting regional cookbooks, and the recipes will take you back to a simpler, more genteel era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of meeting Martha at a book signing in May and also of seeing her cook. She is as delightful as the stories in her book. If you are a true southerner, you will identify with the antedotes in this cookbook. If you have ever eaten anything IN the south ' especially if it was at a church potluck, a family reunion, or cooked by your grandmama' you will love this book. The recipes are easy to follow and are interesting enough to make you want to make all your childhood favorites again. My personal favorites are the watermelon salsa, Delta peas and rice and banana pudding. The photographs are exquisite and the stories, especially the ones about neighbors and church are dead on THE SOUTH.I sat down and read the book everyday for a week. What a lovely cookbook from a lovely woman.
BookgirlTX More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed reading her stories and anecdotes as much as the recipes (I hear Rue McClanahan's voice in my head when I'm reading it). I've already tried two of the recipes, with many more on the list for future meals. The recipes are easy to follow and the two I've made are very good. Not as traditional southern as I expected, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just be prepared for it - think traditional Red Eye Gravy recipe along with uptown Mahogany-Glazed Game Birds. It's a good mix of traditional and new takes on tradition as well as "big city" recipes for more formal entertaining. This isn't a "basic Southern" book, although she does have many great tips and suggestions down the sides of the pages. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get back in touch with their Southern roots or to get a feel for that Southern cooking style. The only knock I have against it is there aren't enough pictures of the recipes.
MS_Rhett More than 1 year ago
My husband and I enjoy cooking and Martha's cookbook is a favorite. The recipes are easy and delicious. This is a great present for any occasion.
Debra_W More than 1 year ago
As a Southerner, I love a good story almost as much as I love good "home" cooking. Martha Foose brings both together beautifully in SCREEN DOORS AND SWEET TEA. I've been pouring over it and its beautiful pictures for over a week now, and my list of people receiving it for Christmas continues to grow daily.
michellemybelle55 More than 1 year ago
Really nice to see something new!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook takes me right back to my Grandmother's kitchen. The recipes make the book worth the purchase - but the photography and the stories that go along with the recipes put it over the top. If you have ever lived in or visited the South, this book will bring back wonderful memories.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love books that take me back to the tastes of my childhood. This wonderful cookbook's stories and recipes did just that.
Cmjm More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. I love to read cookbooks like this one. It would be great if all the recipes were complete, but a lot of them show the quanity of ingredients as ?. .