The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink

The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink

by Eugene Walter


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The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink by Eugene Walter

A southern Renaissance man, Eugene Walter (1921-1998) was a pioneering food writer, a champion of southern foodways and culture, and a legendary personality among food lovers. The Happy Table of Eugene Walter, which introduces a new generation of readers to Walter's culinary legacy, is a revelation to anyone interested in today's booming scene in vintage and artisanal drinks—from bourbon and juleps to champagne and punch—and a southern twist on America's culinary heritage.

Assembled and edited by Walter's literary executor, Donald Goodman, and food writer Thomas Head, this charming cookbook includes more than 300 recipes featuring the use of spirits in the food and drink of the South, as well as numerous asides, lovely short essays, and countless witticisms that make for great reading as well as good cooking. A wellspring of southern eating and drinking traditions lovingly collected by Walter over the years, the volume is also a celebration of Walter himself and his incomparable appetite and talent for life and its surprising pleasures. The Happy Table showcases Walter's remarkably contemporary gustatory sensibilities and the humorous and quirky yet incisive voice for which he has long been embraced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469622224
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,274,823
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eugene Walter (1921-98), a native of Mobile, Alabama, and author of the classic American Cooking: Southern Style, was a pioneering food writer and editor who enjoyed long sojourns in New York, Rome, and Paris when he wasn't at home in the South. A translator, screenwriter, novelist, puppeteer, artist, costume designer, actor, and more, Walter was a man of arts, letters, and food. The Happy Table of Eugene Walter, a cookbook that Walter was working on in the final years of his life, is the first new book by Walter to appear in more than a decade.

Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas Head ix

Preface Donald Goodman xv

Acknowledgments xxix

Author's Preface xxxi


Studying the Palate of the Deep South 1

On Recipes & Measurements 9

Part 1 Drinks

The Cocktail, Or I Feel Better Already 13

Bourbon 17

Juleps, Mint Or Otherwise 20

Eggnog 27

Punch 32

Iced Tea And Coffee 40

Hot Drinks 42

Hangover Cures 45

Part 2 Victuals

Cocktail Snaks And First Course 53

Soups 62

Meat And Relishes 77

Poultry 100

Fish, Shellfish, And Sauces 117

Vegetables 148

Rice, Pasta, Soufflés, And Sandwiches 169

Desserts 178

Puddings & Mousses 180

Cakes 192

Pies, Tarts, & Cobblers 205

Cookies 218

Sherbets & IceCreams 223

Fruit Desserts 232

Dessert Sauces 248

Index 253

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From the Publisher

Eugene Walter was not too timid to live life to the fullest, and we are indebted to him for sharing his flamboyant insights into this wonderland of food and drink. The Happy Table captures a history of southern culture that might otherwise be lost and most certainly needs to be preserved. I envision readers using these recipes and throwing Eugene Walter parties as a salute to this great, eccentric Southern man—and I hope to be invited.—Frank Stitt, James Beard award-winning chef and owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega, and Chez Fonfon, Birmingham, AL

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