By Chris Abbott When discussing where Arkansans stop to eat during their time in Memphis, you’ll get the typical bag of responses; Rendezvous, Central BBQ, Huey’s and maybe Blues City Café if talking to a late-night diner. Because of this, I would be doing you […]
Thoughts from some of my recent eating experiences… Mixed bag last week at ZAZA last week as my Vietnamese Chicken Salad was on point but the Petit Jean Ham & Pineapple pizza missed the mark. The latter had a soggy interior, and, after one […]
New cookbook takes a look at The South!
I recently received a copy of Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home, A Celebration of Regional Southern Cooking and Hometown Flavor (authored by Kelly Alexander).
The 320-page book is comprised of various recipes from celebrities, “locals,” chefs, and authors from six regions of The South: The Heart of Dixie, Cajun Country, Big, Bold Texas, The Piedmont & the Mountains, The Bluegrass, Bourbon & Barbecue Trail, and The Coastal South.
Recipes range from the more advanced, like Donna D’Errico’s Country Captain (page 4) to Mo’Nique’s simple F.A.T. Green Beans (page 270).
I chose a recipe that fell right down the middle in level of difficulty: Memphis local Carol Saucier’s Corn Chowder (page 239). Truthfully, this 4-step, 9-ingredient recipe was certainly very easy to pull off. I made a few modifications to the original recipe (based on what I did and didn’t have around the house), substituting Petit Jean sausage for the bacon, adding some fresh corn, and ditching the nutmeg.
The end product turned out to be a hit with the family. I particularly enjoyed how the chowder’s base wasn’t as thick as I had anticipated. I definitely recommend opting for the inclusion of some fresh corn. It will add a nice sweetness and texture to the chowder, as well as serve as an excellent garnish.
The book itself is fun, informative, and a nice reference source to any aspiring cook. Unfortunately, there was no mention of Arkansas…a fact that comes as a bit of a disappointment to this Little Rock food blogger.
Aside from that, No Taste Like Home does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of The South… from Bobby Dean’s Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken (page 292), to Eva Longeria’s Mint Lemonade (page 140), to Chef John Tesar’s Salt-Crusted Red Drum, and more! These recipes, along with Alexander’s brief look into each sub-region’s history and culture, make this book highly enjoyable.
Note: Book was complimentary, but opinions are my own.
The dish…on just one dish! Count the Shalin household as huge fans of Gus’s Fried Chicken. I picked up a take-out order this afternoon, marking my inaugural visit to the Little Rock location. A few months back, Gus’s was the final leg in our 2-day, […]