Southern Grit, a review by Tanya

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Southern Grit: 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook

Kelsey Barnard Clark

Photographs by Antonis Achilleos

Available August 10th!

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About the Book:

A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite

From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining.

In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin’ Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies.

Featuring beautifully styled shots of finished dishes and the Southern home style, as well as Kelsey Barnard Clark’s tips for stocking the pantry, entertaining with ease, and keeping your house guest-ready (with or without toddlers).

Readers of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, fans of Kelsey Barnard Clark and her stint on Top Chef, and any home cooks who love cooking and serving Southern food, have a young family, and like to host guests will appreciate these modern homemaking tips, the approachable instruction, and the contemporary repertoire of recipes that brim with flavors of the Deep South.

SOUTHERN FOOD IS PERENNIALLY POPULAR: With 100 simple recipes that cover all occasions, plus entertaining tips throughout the book, Southern Grit has wide-ranging appeal for the broad audience of people who love Southern flavors.

TOP CHEF WINNER & FAN FAVORITE: Kelsey Barnard Clark is a self-branded “spicy Joanna Gaines.” Her personality and talent were showcased on Top Chef, leading her to win the title of Fan Favorite in addition to winning the season overallβ€”only the second time in 16 seasons when that’s happened.

Perfect for:

β€’ Fans of TOP CHEF and Kelsey Barnard Clark
β€’ Southerners and fans of Southern cooking
β€’ Home cooks who like to host and entertain
β€’ Home cooks with young families

My Review:

One thing I’m always concerned with in a Cookbook with ‘Southern’ anywhere in the title is “How much butter will be in these recipes?”.

The good news here is that there is about the normal amount of butter used for traditional home cooking recipes. So that’s good.

The photographs in the book are simply gorgeous!Β  Exactly what you would think of for a Southern Home photo shoot.Β  I wish my house and gardens and cooking looked just like these photos! I’m simply in love with them.

I also enjoyed the way this cookbook is laid out and all of the helpful hints at the beginning. Showing what different chops (small, large) look like, providing examples and explanations of cooking terms, recommendations for the best cooking tools and such.Β  All really helpful.

Now on to the recipes.

For the most part, the ingredients are mostly things that you have on hand (except maybe chicken livers-yuck!) or can easily get at the grocery store. Always a plus.

The recipes are easy to read and follow and there doesn’t look to be any difficult techniques that need to be mastered.

The best way I can describe these recipes is that they remind me of dishes that would be served in a big ole’ Southern Plantation House.Β  I can imagine a huge table, with lots of family around and dishes-a-plenty all throughout the table.Β  These are fancier type of dishes and are what I would think of as old-fashioned Southern Dishes.

Nothing at all wrong with that but just not my style of cooking or eating.Β  But I can totally get down with the dessert section!!

If fancy Southern dishes are what you like to eat, then this Cookbook should definitely be in your collection as it is simply beautiful!

Thank you to #Chronicle and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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