Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia. Written by Ronni Lundy, regarded as the most engaging authority on the region, the book guides us through the surprisingly diverse history--and vibrant present--of food in the Mountain South. Read more...
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Victuals is an exploration of the foodways, people, and places of Appalachia. Written by Ronni Lundy, regarded as the most engaging authority on the region, the book guides us through the surprisingly diverse history--and vibrant present--of food in the Mountain South.
Victuals explores the diverse and complex food scene of the Mountain South through recipes, stories, traditions, and innovations. Each chapter explores a specific defining food or tradition of the region--such as salt, beans, corn (and corn liquor). The essays introduce readers to their rich histories and the farmers, curers, hunters, and chefs who define the region's contemporary landscape. Sitting at a diverse intersection of cuisines, Appalachia offers a wide range of ingredients and products that can be transformed using traditional methods and contemporary applications. Through 80 recipes and stories gathered on her travels in the region, Lundy shares dishes that distill the story and flavors of the Mountain South.
- Epicurious Best Cookbooks of 2016
- ISBN-13: 9780804186742
- ISBN-10: 080418674X
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
- Publish Date: August 2016
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Lundy (The Festive Table), a founder of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Appalachian Food Summit, clearly has a deep understanding and appreciation for Southern cooking. Defining Appalachia as an area encompassing Kentucky, the Virginias, Tennessee, southern Ohio, North Carolina, southern Ohio, and northern Georgia, she provides is an elegantly photographed and lovingly narrated appreciation of Appalachian cuisine and the people who grow and prepare it. Drawing from family recipes, her own creations, and dishes from vintage cookbooks, Lundy takes the reader on a virtual tour of the area, stopping to explain the difference between salad and sallet (a specific way of cooking greens), touring regional museums, and talking shop with a handful of small, local producers. She introduces readers to simple dishes such as buttermilk cucumber salad, skillet corn, icebox green strawberry pickles, and roasted candy roaster squash, a regional favorite. Though she has a tendency to meander a bit (the instructions for skillet-fried chicken and milk gravy take up a page and a half), Lundy is a warm and charming guide with a deep-seated love and respect for the region and its approach to cuisine. Fans of locally sourced foods and Southern cooking will find a lot to like here, as Lundy does a terrific job of showcasing Appalachia’s breadth and depth. (Aug.)
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“Eat thoughtfully, live joyously.” That’s the mantra of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the founders of the very popular Food52 website. Their latest cookbook, Food52 A New Way to Dinner: A Playbook of Recipes and Strategies for the Week Ahead, is a perfect guide to maintaining their happy, heartfelt cooking philosophy. It’s hard to eat thoughtfully if you’re racing home from work and don’t have time to shop, let alone cook. Hesser and Stubbs have been there; they run a business and have kids. They’ve found that they need to shop and cook on weekends, and they need to be organized. Therefore, this book is arranged by season and menu, and every dinner includes recipes that can be stretched and varied. Each recipe comes with a game plan, a time-saving grocery list and tactical tips galore. With Hesser and Stubbs at your side, weeknight dinners are not only doable, they’re delectable.
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes is Ronni Lundy’s ode to the people, places and food of the southern Appalachian Mountains. To find the culinary soul of Appalachia, Lundy drove 4,000 miles, zigzagging through the mountains, meeting home cooks, growers, curers, preservers of food and tradition and innovative chefs cooking in a way that has long been both seasonal and sustainable. With Victuals, you can hear their stories and cook their regional recipes redolent of past and present—Spring Ramp Pot Roast, Kentucky Kimchi, Real Cornbread, Speckled Butter Bean Cassoulet with Rabbit Confit, Hominy & Wilted Greens, Spiced Pickled Peaches, Sorghum & Apple Sticky Pudding. And Lundy seasons it all with her evocative essays that make the mountains sing and gently undo the stereotypes that have clouded their vitality.
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