**September 2009 COTM: Southern Month**
Hey y'all, welcome to the September 2009 Chowhound Cookbook of the Month featuring:
SCREEN DOORS AND SWEET TEA: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook, by Martha Hall Foose (SDST)
BON APPETIT Y'ALL: Recipes and Tales from Three Generations of Southern Cooking, by Virginia Willis (BAYA)
We will use this thread for general commentary, recipe planning, links, and any other issues related to this COTM. You may wish to bookmark this thread for future reference, as it contains links to all the other threads for this month.
If you're new to Cookbook of the Month, the COTM archive thread explains how it all works:
Here are a few links which may be helpful for this month's COTM:
The subthreads below are based on type of dish, rather than chapter name. At the beginning of each subthread, I've included the corresponding chapters from both books. I know that sounds clear as mud, but I figure we'll work it out as we go along!
Cocktails and Small Bites
Eggs and Dairy
Starches (Grits, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice
Vegetables and Beans
Baking (Biscuits, Breads, Desserts
Sauces (Condiments, Jams, Jellies and Preserves
Thanks Yamalam! Tonight's the night..... Yay!
I thought I'd start with an SDST recipe and intersperse with the BAY'A recipes I've been waiting to make at the end of the growing season.
I have a minor complaint about a handful of recipes in BAYA, like the Funeral Grits on p. 154. The first paragraph is an instruction to preheat the oven. But in the next paragraph, you're instructed to simmer the grits for 45-60 minutes. That's a long time to preheat the oven!
It's easy, of course, to figure out the correct order, but it would be kind for the cookbook challenged if it were clearer.
There are several typos and errors in the book, Karen, which Ms Willis posted about in the first long thread of BAY'A reports. I found 3 myself, but as you note, anyone with a bit of kitchen savvy can readily figure out procedures. I imagine the editors feel quite dismayed to realize something has escaped them.....
Good news! Both Martha Foose and Virginia Willis are super excited about being chosen as COTM, and they've agreed to take part in an expert thread. We're thinking of doing it towards the end of September -- by then you'll have had a chance to cook through a chunk of the books and hopefully have questions for the authors.
We haven't done this before with COTM but I'm hoping it'll be a great adjunct to the discussions in these threads. If you haven't seen a previous expert thread, here's the one we did with Mark Bittman: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641046