Deep Fried Love

If The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Mamma’s Table by Rick Bragg doesn’t inspire you to try some down home Southern cooking, it will, at the very least, make your mouth water!

I loved this cookbook/homage to well-known author Bragg’s mamma. It is a humorous collection of secret recipes and the family lore attached to them. There’s an extraordinary amount of what sounds like artery clogging food and ingredients here, but oh, if you’ve ever tasted some of these foods made by Loving, capable hands in the South, you will most likely recognize the value of these recipes. Biscuits with gravy, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, and pecan pie are just a few of the many recipes included in this memoir. Hard as it is to believe, there’s even a recipe for cooking opossum!

As valuable as the recipes in this book are, the real treasure lies in the stories surrounding the food shared here. Bragg is a master storyteller. If you’ve never read his work, I recommend you do. In my mind, this memoir is priceless.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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