Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less
by Rebecca Lang
In Stores March 2011
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (March 8, 2011)
Rebecca Lang’s new cookbook Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes of Less had me at Sipping On The Screened Porch. The title of her Chapter 3 evoked an image of warm summer days. And with a four below zero in the weather forecast for this upcoming weekend this book turns out to be the perfect escape from the bitter cold and the deep snow outside my window.
An experienced food writer, Rebecca shares with us her inspiration in the kitchen – her two grandmothers. Like most of us, she wanted to prepare the food her grandmothers made and create those memories she held dear from her childhood for her family, but the truth is today’s lifestyle conflicts with that desire. In this book, Rebecca has developed recipes for us that create authentic Southern food quickly without sacrificing taste.
There are 115 recipes grouped in 10 themes. You’ll be whipping up dishes for a mid-week dinner, a weekend tailgating party and a girls’ night in. And no Southern cookbook would be complete without some sweets and Quick-Fix doesn’t disappoint.
In the beginning of the books she offers up recipes for a few basic recipes we’ll need and they include Southern All-Purpose flour (turns out southern flour has less protein than other brands of flour and if you can’t purchase Lily White or Martha White flour in your area you can use Rebecca’s recipe to modify what you have), toasting nuts and buttermilk. In order to cook quickly, you need to make sure you have what you need so Rebecca offers tips on grocery shopping, pantry and refrigerated staples and kitchen equipment.
Throughout the book Rebecca shares advice through Cooking School tips. One such tip is how to crack an egg. Looks like I’ve been breaking them wrong all this time. Along with these cooking tips you’ll find mini-lessons on Southern history every now and then. You’ll learn why peanuts became the new cash crop replacing cotton. At the beginning of each chapter, Rebecca shares parts of her childhood and glimpses life in the south.
From beginner to advanced, these recipes are user-friendly, created to fit hectic lifestyles and reminiscent of a time gone by. With Quick-Fix Southern you don’t need a screened porch or a magnolia tree to cook a traditional southern meal.
It was a difficult decision, but the recipe I’ve chosen to try out of this book is the Baby Vidalia Frittata (and I’ll crack all eight eggs correctly) for brunch this weekend. I promise I’ll share the photos of my Frittata.
Okay, now I can take a deep breath. My first official review is complete. Done. Finished. Phew. I have to admit I’ve been stressing about this for some time. Would I do a good enough job? Would the cookbook author be offended? Would I write something so incredibly lame that I’d be kicked out of the blogosphere. I guess I won’t know for sure until I hit the Publish button. 🙂
So, here goes…
The Cookbook Diva