Good Southern and Creole Cookbooks?
Can anyone recommend a few great cookbooks that specialize in Southern Home Cooking? What about Creole? My fiancee is craving Louisiana dishes like red beans and rice, etouffe and gumbo. Also, looking for a great "Midwesty - Southern" cookbook that covers classics like Biscuits and Gravy, chicken fried steak, fried chicken, etc.
We live in Los Angeles, so this is hard to come by for us!
Thanks so much!
Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen is a good one. I have a number of Southern Cooks books. From what you are describing I would suggest you take a look at Alters and Jameson's Texas Cookbook or Spear's Cowboy in the Kitchen. Ronni Lundy's Shuckbeans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken is also another good book for what you are looking for. You can probably find them at Amazon
I've always loved Commander's Kitchen, and Paul Prudhomme's Louisiana Kitchen, and Firey Foods that I Love. CK has a AMAZING recipe for barbecue shrimp, and there are so many other fantastic recipes, I wouldn't know where to begin. LK recipes are excellent too, but more Cajun, and VERY rich. Lots of recipes begin with "melt two sticks of butter in a large pot...". Firey-foods is a more modern take on PP's cuisine, and very interesting. There's a lot of fusion with other American cuisines. He explores use of multiple chili powders in different recipes. One of my favorite's is his "Hot & Sour Beef". The basic flavor is from a combination of three chili powders, lemon and lime zest, and cilantro. It's unreal!
One of my favorite cookbooks is Kentucky Keepsakes by Elizabeth Ross, printed by McClanahan Publishing House, 1996. Phone 1-800-544-6959
This book has pages of recipes for the same dish. You can study them and pick the one closest to your ability or taste buds.
Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes, and Honest Fried Chicken by Ronni Lundy (anything by her) published in 1991 by Atlantic Monthly Press. Each recipe has a story, fun to read and to cook from.
Finally no laughing, the White Trash Cooking (1986) and the Sinking Spells, Hot Flashes, Fits and Cravins books (1988) by Ernest Matthew Mickler, 10 Speed Press. Part humor part cookbook. There are some very good down home recipes in them.
I don't know if these are still in book stores. But I am sure Ebay or Amazon would have them.
I really like "Louisiana Real and Rustic" by Emeril Lagasse. It is his second cookbook from the late 90's. The "Shrimp Etouffee" is to die for, a shrimp in every bite, and made with common ingredients, that you should be able to find on the west coast. THe "Shrimp and Okra Gumbo" is made without a roux and is easy to prepare and quite tasty, it's even better on the second day.
Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking, Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking, and Bill Neal's Southern Cooking.