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BellSouth Pioneer Cookbooks

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I just found out about these killer cookbooks. They were put together by the BellSouth Pioneer Volunteers. There are about 12 states that have chapters that collected favorite family recipes handed down for
generations. These recipes were put together in separate cookbooks for each state. The cookbooks are huge...anywhere from 500-800 pages each! And the prices are only $8.50 - $12.75 per cookbook! I just
ordered a bunch of them from Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama. I didn't bother with NC, SC, FL...those cookbooks didn't look as good.

These cookbooks should contain some really good barbecue recipes too!!

This will be the best $200 I've ever spent for sure. 18 big fat southern cookbooks for $204. That includes shipping too.

Here is the link to the website if anybody is interested:


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  1. I hope you're not disappointed in the cookbooks. The only ones I've seen are several of the Mississippi ones, and they're pretty standard of the typical church fundraiser cookbooks, with plenty of recipes for casseroles made with cream of mushroom soup. There are some great recipes in them, but there are a lot that are just so-so, as well.


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    1. re: SallyW

      Well, hopefully the other 15 books will have more than cream of mushroom type recipes.

      It's hard to imagine over 1600 pages cream of mushroom type casserole recipes in 3 books!! lol

      Some of the best southern meals I have ever had have been at church fund raisers!!

      I also feel good about where the proceeds are going.
      I don't have the time to do much volunteer work, but this might help them a little bit anyway.

      1. re: Herb

        Herb, I, too, hope that you are not disappointed. I have a couple of the Alabama books and three of the Mississippi books. There are a lot of replications -- one recipe repeated four or five times with a different name or some minor ingredient change. The books are so large that they will not open flat making it difficult to read the recipes. Maybe you will have better luck than I have had with them

      2. re: SallyW

        Will someone please tell me how to get the Bellsouth Pioneer Cookbooks? My grandmother had given me the first two volumes and when we moved they got lost. I was devastated. I'd love to at least replace them as I loved the recipes in them. I tried the website to the store, but I couldn't find the cookbooks. It takes me to AT&T/Pioneer. Please help me?

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Thank you.

          I have nothing to do with the BellSouth Pioneers.

          I stumbled across their cookbooks and ordered a bunch of them because I think it is a great deal....So, I just wanted to share the information with everybody here at the Chowhounds board. I didn't realize people were going to act that way. I could care less if anybody buys them, but I thought it would be nice to share the news.

          1. re: Herb

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        2. Like what's the difference between recommending these cookbooks and the many other cookbook recommendations I've enjoyed on this site?

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            Yvette S. Evans

            I need a phone number or address to purchase a cookbook.

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            1. re: Yvette S. Evans

              This is the number for the pioneer phone office in Jackson Mississipp,( 601-961-1993) they can help you with ordering a cookbook .I called and made sure it was the right number . I hope I helped. AND I love my cookbooks, most recipes are easy to read and do not require alot of items you do not have one hand. But I love all cookbooks!

            2. My aunt who is now retired from Bell South had bought my grandmother one of the Bell South Cookbooks from the Georgia area. I fell in love with it and purchased that one and one other for myself. I've used it more than any other cookbook I've owned and that is saying something beings I own over 200 cookbooks. I never get caught in the kitchen without my Bell South one though!

              1. I adore the Pioneers' cookbooks. After Katrina, they were amongst the first that we replaced. Looking through them, we learnt so many non-Louisiana recipes from their books (even in the Louisiana version!).

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                1. re: Lina Therese

                  I loved those cookbooks! My Step-Mother had several and I got a lot of recipes out of them. They are especially good for young cooks and new brides. They are nothing fancy but they do have great recipes in them.

                2. I love these cookbooks. When i moved to alaska i left some things at our fish camp and was heart broken that i forgot these cookbooks there. My wonderful husband got me replacements for christmas and i must say it was by far the best gift i got!

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                  1. re: eholman

                    eholman, can you please tell where I can find these cookbooks, my sister lost her copies due to Katrina! Please Please, I have searched the internet. Thank you!!!

                    1. re: kjohnson123

                      This is the number for the pioneer phone office in Jackson Mississipp,( 601-961-1993) they can help you with ordering a cookbook .I called and made sure it was the right number . I hope I helped. AND I love my cookbooks, most recipes are easy to read and do not require alot of items you do not have one hand. But I love all cookbooks!

                  2. Herb, I need help. My mom bought these when I was in highschool. In one of the books there was a Rocky Road Brownie recipe that was wonderful. I want to make it this summer for my kids, but I can't remember which book it is in. I asked my mom, but she can't find it in the books. I think she let one of her friends borrow the book and she doesn't remember. Is there anyway you can tell me which book it is so I can buy it? Help please! wensgirl@gmail.com

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                    1. re: alyssa1969

                      Does anyone know the recipe that I am talking about? If so, what book? I need help desperately.

                      1. re: alyssa1969

                        I have several of the books. If you will email me...forevermagnolias@gmail.com, I'll reply with the recipe.