And now, from the Shameless Commerce Dept., as my buddies at Car Talk would say…
I’ve had the pleasure to work with a Texas publisher, Savory House Press (Barry Schlacter, publisher/owner/author, is my buddy, and a peer journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram – at least for now).
Together we produced two small gift-able cookbooks you might want to check out:
Sweet Southern: A Heritage of Beloved Desserts
Along with dozens of recipes, there’s a lot of info packed into Sweet Southern that you’re not going to find without some time-consuming research. All the “dinner-on-the-ground” favorite desserts — cakes, pies, cobblers and more — are here, (Red Velvet Cake, Hummingbird Cake) as well as some unusual regional ones (the Apple Stack Cake from Appalachia, the Lady Baltimore Cake from Maryland, and Chess Pie, popular in the Kentucky region).
I explain the brief histories of the desserts, and tell how they’ve migrated around the region and of course, around the country, to delight scores of diners and bakers.
Florida Morning Glory: A compilation of recipes from B&Bs
This is a collection of recipes sent to me by all the great charming inns and quirky bed and breakfasts around the state. Look for recipes from from all regions: the Inn at Little Charlotte and Casa de Solana (St. Augustine), the Mango Inn (Lake Worth), the Harrington House (on beautiful Anna Maria Island), and the historic Curry Mansion (Key West).
They’re little cookbooks — comb-bound, and they make good Secret Pal gifts, or small stocking stuffers for the cooks who speak “Southern.” Even if they don’t, most will wish they did after reading them. They’re only $5.95, so buy one of each - one to give and one to keep. (Just click on their titles to get to the publisher’s page, and you can order from there.)
I’ve got three or four more books in the works, including one with recipes from Florida chefs, so watch this space!
The web site for Savory House Press, offers a number of other books like it; most are Texas-centric — Barry wrote most of them! Note the Beer Guide, also available here, so you brewski lovers, take a look.