Georgia gal Rebecca Lang celebrates the essence of the Southern table in her comprehensive cookbook, serving up more than 150 mouthwatering recipes – from breakfast and brunch to hearty main dishes and heavenly desserts – with a generous dollop of downhome hospitality. Nibble on sweet candied bacon, transformed into an indulgent brunch side with a dash of molasses and brown sugar. Snack on fried green tomatoes with n “southern living around the southern table,” rebecca red bell pepper sauce. Dive lang (oxmoor house). into butter-fried pork chops with nutmeg. Top it off with hummingbird cake, filled with spices, bananas and pineapple, and smothered with cream cheese frosting. “I was a girl fascinated by biscuits, fried chicken and pound cake. In the small Georgia town where I grew up, cooking was a way of life,” Lang writes. “I am happiest when I’m serving those I love around our treasured dining room table. It’s where generations learned to climb up to their plates – and where I developed a deep love for the food, hospitality and people of the South.” The beautifully photographed book also features “My Southern Table” tributes from noted Southerners, sharing their own childhood memories and favorite family dishes.
“We connect at the table, pray at the table, and solidify our relationships each time we pull up a chair.” Rebecca LANG is a contributing editor for Southern Living and www.myrecipes.com.
Marking the 150th anniversary of New Orleans’ Café Du Monde, the Southern cookbook of Louisiana native Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is a humorous and heartfelt compilation of personal food essays, accompanied by tasty recipes and candid photographs. Featured contributors in this coffee-table worthy book (that’s scored rave reviews from Emeril Lagasse) include retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina; Leah Chase, legendary Creole chef and owner of Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans; Drew Ramsey, owner of Hubig’s Pies in New Orleans, who handed out free pies to anyone who wanted one after Hurricane Katrina; Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy; Savannah Wise, Broadway, film and television actress currently appearing in “Smash”; and Todd Graves, founder/CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. n “MEANWHILE, BACK AT CAFE DU MONDE...LIFE STORES ABOUT FOOD,” PEGGY SWEENEY-MCDONALD (PELICAN PUBLISHING).
A portion of the book’s proceeds benefits Liberty’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization in New Orleans. www.meanwhilebackatcafedumonde.com/Book
First cover of Southern Seasons Magazine Holiday/Winter 2012-13 issue on newsstands December 2012.