Southern Living: No Taste Like Home by Kelly Alexander

No Taste Like Home
Southern Living
by Kelly Alexander
Oxmoor House

There really is no place like home. If you grew up in the south, then you know of a none truer statement. I grew up in Alpharetta, GA, so my journey starts in The Heart of Dixie on page 10. Not only does this cookbook offer a culinary history by region but Atlanta is in this book for Smoky Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs, Tandoori Fried Chicken, Baked Vidalia Onion Dip, Chili Slaw Dogs, Coca-Cola Cake,  & Mittie Cumbie Wade's Sour Cream Pound Cake. 

These are not my Grandmother Tucker's recipes but recipes with roots as deep as Oak trees planted in red clay. The modern interpretations make them table ready for today's families.

Put this book on your Christmas Shopping List. It will make a wonderful gift!!

The recipe from the book I tried: Coca- Cola Cake with Coke Frosting.

Southern Living Coca Cola Cake Recipe

Southern Living Coca Cola Cake Recipe

And here is a photo of the finished product {photo source}

From the Publisher:
There's no region of the country more cherished and unique when it comes to food than the South. Southerners celebrate our food traditions. They are totems of our collective identity. Our grits, our fried chicken, our sweet tea, our butterbeans, our biscuits: These are powerful symbols of not just of Southern tastes but also of Southern values, of the kind of simple, honest-to-goodness home cooking, prepared with generosity of spirit and served up with generosity of ladle. These recipes are what distinguish and bind Southern culture. No Taste Like Home embraces the cultural identity of towns large and small all throughout the South and provides readers with recipes, stories, and highlights of all the unique regional flavors -- from the Heartland of Dixie to Cajun Country, from The Coastal South to Bluegrass, Bourbon and BBQ Country and all points in between.

Organized geographically, the cookbook focuses on each of 6 regions in the South. Every chapter will include highlights of specific towns and contain essays describing, literally, the flavor of the place. The highlighted towns will offer multiple recipes as well as musings from notable locals, and "locally famous" chefs. 
  • Just some of the recurring editorial features include:
    a travelogue introduction discussing regional specialties and folklore
  • Standout recipes from local chefs and "almost famous" home cooks
  • Musings from locals about their town
  • "Hometown Flavor" features on Southern iconic ingredients that are commonly used in the regional cuisine
  • "What We're Craving" features highlighting a local restaurant or town-specific dish that locals crave when they're not at home
  • "Local Know-how" features of insider secrets from the locals, from how to pick the freshest produce, to the best way to prepare their own recipes


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