Southern Historical Cookbooks

Whether you seek the foods and dishes of your memories or enjoy learning about mountain traditions and culture, you'll find this book as entertaining to read as it is useful in the kitchen.
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    Irresistible History of Southern Food:
    Irresistible History of Southern Food:. Amazon.com

    Irresistible History of Southern Food: Four Centuries of Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Whole Hog Barbecue (American Palate)  Where did our beloved Southern foods and recipes come from? Rick McDaniel explores the history of many of our favorites. There's a Kindle edition as well.

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    cornbread nation cookbook cover
    Cover of Cornbread Nation. Amazon.com

     This is the first of many volumes. The Cornbread Nation books are compilations of the best of Southern food features and articles.

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    Edna Lewis Taste of Country Cooking
    The Taste of Country Cooking, Edna Lewis. Amazon.com

     Edna Lewis shares American country recipes she grew up with in a small Virginia farming community that was settled by freed African slaves. This is an essential cookbook for the Southern foodie.

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    High on the Hog
    High on the Hog. Amazon.com

    An excellent history of African American cuisine, from Africa to America. Get the Kindle edition, paperback, Audible, or MP3 CD.

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    southern food book cover
    Southern Food by John Egerton. Amazon.com

    Southern Food, At Home, on the Road, in History. An essential resource from John Egerton. He samples the best of the region and offers traditional recipes, food lore and history. The book is full of some great stories about many of our favorite dishes.

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    Cookbook Cover
    Smokehouse Ham Cookbook Cover. Amazon.com

    Whether you seek the foods and dishes of your memories or enjoy learning about mountain traditions and culture, you'll find this book as entertaining to read as it is useful in the kitchen. This would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the food and culture of the South.

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    Carolina Rice Kitchen book cover
    Carolina Rice Kitchen book cover. Amazon.com
    From noted food historian Karen Hess, this book is about the influence of rice on the economy and households of the south. It includes the 1863 facsimile of <i>The Carolina Rice Kitchen</i>, with over 300 recipes.
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    African American Cookbook, 1881
    Mrs. Fisher's Cookbook cover. Amazon.com
    Abby Fisher, a former slave, was probably the first African American cook to publish her recipes. This facsimile includes historical notes by Karen Hess.
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  • 09 of 11
    The Virginia Housewife Historical Cookbook
    The Virginia Housewife Historical Cookbook. Amazon.com
    This facsimile edition is a treasure of early Southern recipes by Mary Randolph, with historical notes and commentaries by Karen Hess.
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    Mrs Hill's Southern Practical Cookery
    Mrs Hill's Southern Practical Cookery. Amazon.com

    A facsimile of Mrs. Hill's New Cook Book, 1872 edition. Author information, historical notes, and glossary by Damon L. Fowler.

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    Charleston Receipts
    Charleston Receipts. Amazon.com
    Originally compiled in 1950, Charleston Receipts is the oldest Junior League cookbook still in print. The cookbook contains 750 recipes, Gullah verses, and sketches by Charleston artists.