Friday, January 23, 2015

Southern Bite Cookbook by Stacey Little

It seems like everyone under the sun is putting out cookbooks these days, from celebrity chefs to just plain celebrities.  Food blogger Stacey Little is neither, but The Southern Bite Cookbook: 150 Irresistible Dishes from 4 Generations of My Family's Kitchen is well worth checking out.

Full of relatively simple, unpretentious dishes both from Little's family and supplied by readers of his blog,  The Southern Bite Cookbook is organized not by type of food, but by occasion.  So you can quickly look at quick recipes suitable for a weeknight dinner or potluck fare or special dishes for the holidays. You'll find southern staples like biscuits, red beans and rice, and red velvet cake, but also more updated dishes like the summer berry salad with balsamic, which includes feta cheese, hardly a traditional southern ingredient (maybe southern Greece?)

I tried a couple of the recipes with good success.  I brought the slow cooker white beans to a potluck at work, and it disappeared.  The lemon icebox pie was easy and brought a taste of summer to a cold January day.

 Virginia Beach Public Library has a great selection of cookbooks of all kinds.  Check out the selection at your local library, or search the catalog 

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