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The Classic Book on Southern Cooking First published in 1942, Cross Creek Cookery was compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in Cross Creekher famous memoir of life in a Florida hamlet.Lovers of old-fashioned, down-home cooking will treasure the recipes for Grits, HThe Classic Book on Southern CookingFirst published in 1942, Cross Creek Cookery was compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the request of readers who wanted to recreate the luscious meals described in Cross Creek — her famous memoir of life in a Florida hamlet.Lovers of old-fashioned, down-home cooking will treasure the recipes for Grits, Hush-Puppies, Florida Fried Fish, Orange Fluff, and Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie. For more adventuresome palates, there are such unusual dishes as Minorcan Gopher Stew, Coot Surprise, Alligator-Tail Steak, Mayhaw Jelly, and Chef Huston's Cream of Peanut Soup.Spiced with delightful anecdotes and lore, Cross Creek Cookery guides the reader through the rich culinary heritage of the deep tidal South with a loving regard for the rituals of cooking and eating. Anyone who longs for food — and writing — that warms the heart will find ample portions of both in this classic cookbook....

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ISBN : 9780684718767
Format Type : Board Book
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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  • Lori
    2019-05-11 00:45

    a taste of REAL Florida - people have no idea

  • Karen
    2019-05-13 01:06

    The hardbound book costs upwards of $75, so I was thrilled when another booklover found me paperback copies of this at a thrift website! I love Rawlings' writings and this was no exception, even though nonfiction. Her sense of humor and appreciation of nature is wonderful and wonder-filled. Although she, and cooks of the time, did a few things which would have been prohibited by law, now, there is a deep respect for all of the natural food sources she uses in her recipes. Be warned, though, she owned Dora the cow, which gave unsurpassed milk and rich cream--which are used in many of the recipes! (I have to admit, however, that it was a few pages before I realized that Dora was a cow!) The book is a source of real "down-home" country, southern cooking and it makes one feel "at one" with Rawlings to bake or roast, etc., items which she incorporated in her daily life!

  • Roberta
    2019-05-01 03:58

    I'm not much of a cook these days, but I loved the anecdotes surrounding these authentic Southern recipes prepared by a favorite author of mine, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. With the amount of cream and salt pork in these recipes, I'm surprised there are many Southerners left! Some of the odd ones (to this urban northerner anyway) include: Gopher Stew, Blackbird Pie, Poke Weed on Toast, Jellied Tongue, and Cream of Fordhook Soup (fordhooks are a kind of bean)! One of my favorite stories is the one about dinner with a famous writer who found two pellets in his very tender breast of chicken. Rawlings had shot the chickens for dinner because neither she nor her cook could catch any of them!

  • Melinda
    2019-04-28 03:00

    This was a fun read after visiting MKR's home at Cross Creek. My favorite words are the ones she has for Black Bottom Pie: "I hope to be propped up on my dying bed and fed a generous portion. Then I think that I should refuse outright to die, for life would be too good to relinquish." I also enjoyed the story about poet Wallace Stevens who found the cooking at Cross Creek so tempting he abandoned his diet. At this point in time, it's hard to imagine that this was an actual, working cookbook for many people -- we just don't eat this way today -- but whether you use the recipes or simply read them for enjoyment, Rawlings' writing is a treat.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-12 00:46

    I grew up cooking with this book. It was my mom's and one of the first that I remember. Lots of interesting recipes and with background on an era in Florida that has disappeared. I still use many of the recipes today. Back in those pre-computer and pre-television days, most Southerners did a lot more physical labor; undernourishment not obesity was the problem then. One also has to remember (as the author constantly points out) these recipes were not everyday fare; most of them were prepared primarily "for company."

  • David Brightbill
    2019-05-07 06:53

    My wife, a 3rd generation Floridian, sniffs and says that Rawlings wasn't a real southerner and that her recipes aren't authentic. Despite her Yankee upbringing, Rawlings was a keen observer and recorder; especially of the foodways of her cook. I enjoy the stories scattered among the food as much as the recipes themselves. It's sort of the foodies companion to Cross Creek. I've got jellied chicken on my to-do list.

  • Shauna
    2019-05-20 01:01

    This for me was a trip down memory lane. My grandparents and great grandmother lived in this era, in the heart of Florida. It was passed down to me dogeared and torn, underlined with all of my great grandmothers favorite recipes. Along with truly southern recipes Rawlings gives little antedotes on life, stories about Florida. Cross Creek Cookery really gives you a flavor of what life is like in Southern Florida.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-27 00:47

    I love the commentary given with each section and recipe. It makes Cross Creek Cookery as much a commentary on life in Florida in the 1930s and 1940s as it is a recipe book. Many of the recipes are nearly impossible to make as they require "cream from a Jersey cow" or alligator steaks, but they're all fun to read. Rawlings loved cooking and clearly had a talent for it. The recipes are a blend of her Florida recipes and her mother's more traditional recipes.

  • Malinda
    2019-05-10 02:50

    I'm a big Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings fan. This is a cookbook that has some amazinging great recipes which she and her live-in cook used to use during her life in the early 1900s. The lobster newburg recipe is worth the price of the book. But, there is so much more!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-09 00:00

    Great snapshot of the times and Florida cooking. But MKR wasn't much of a cook according to her maid, Idella Parker ( who is still alive & living in Jacksonville). Idella did most of her cooking from memory which she learned from her mother.

  • Darlene
    2019-05-14 05:12

    Reading this book is an insight into life in North Central Florida, with all the wonderful food and people and places that encompasses. When combined with my weekly trips to the farmers market, this book guarantees some down-home eating that satisfies the body and soul.

  • Helena
    2019-04-26 00:53

    The recipes are not always practical to follow (because really, how many of us keep Jersey cows around for fresh cream?), but they make interesting reading. Rawlings fans know she prided herself on her excellent cooking, so it's nice to get a peek into her kitchen.

  • Liz
    2019-05-17 04:48

    This is more than a cookbook, threaded throughout with not only really good recipes, but truly inspiring words of wisdom.Make the Parker House Rolls. Make Evadne's Gingerbread. What the hell, just make everything.

  • Julie Davis
    2019-05-01 23:46

    Picked this up in St. Augustine while on vacation as a souvenir and read it in a couple of days. Really a classic look at Southern cooking in 1942 as well as a great sample of this lyrical, humorous author's style.I gulped it down and instantly started on my other souvenir, Cross Creek.

  • Lana Joy
    2019-04-22 03:58

    Delish recipies and funny stories all wrapped up into one! Love this book and the glimps it gives into Marjorie's life and best of all her kitchen.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-26 03:57

    <3 <3 <3 Love this cookbook.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-17 02:06

    Just some good ol' food included in this teasury of Florida's finest receipes

  • Irma
    2019-05-01 04:54

    Loved it! Recipes are good, but the reading is wonderful.

  • Max Wilson
    2019-04-29 07:43

    I'm unapologetic about my crush on M. K. Rawlings – how could you not love a woman publishing not one, but multiple recipes for swamp coot? Julia has nothing on Margorie!

  • Karen Witzler
    2019-04-29 07:10

    Florida cooking and folkways - before air conditioning.

  • Kevin Sedota
    2019-05-04 03:45

    some very unique recipies.