Game On, Community Cookbooks — Southern Living Has Set the New Standard

published Dec 18, 2014
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The angle: The best stories and recipes from over 50 years of Southern Living reader submissions — a true community cookbook.

Recipes for right now: Crispy Cheese Wafers, Muffuletta Dip, Skillet Fried Chicken with Gravy, Spoonbread, Grandma’s Ambrosia, Baked Barbecue Beans, Garbanzo Beans and Spinach Stew, Banana Pudding, Bourbon Balls

Who would enjoy this book? Southerners and Southerners-at-heart.

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Sheri Castle

Who published it: Oxmoor House

Number of recipes: Over 200

Other highlights: This new cookbook from our very own Sheri Castle and Southern Living changes the game for community cookbooks entirely. Gone are the hit-or-miss recipes from Aunt Sally and the five slightly different versions of jello salad. In their place is this vibrant, engaging, full-color cookbook that, nonetheless, still carries on the spirit of those old church cookbooks — namely, the sense of community and the respect for the ingenuity of home cooks.

Castle has brought a very careful and experienced eye to all these reader-submitted recipes, testing each one and making sure that it will be as fantastic in our own kitchen as it is in hers (or Aunt Sally’s). The cookbook contains a mix of recipes from Southern chefs, classic recipes from famous community cookbooks, and recipes from Southern Living‘s readers. All receive equal status on these pages. Castle has woven these all together into a cohesive, comprehensive cookbook that is sure to collect many dog-eared, chocolate-smeared, and sauce-speckled pages over the coming years.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Southern Living Community Cookbook by Sheri Castle

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