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Farm Fresh Southern Cooking Straight from the Garden to Your Dinner Table By Tammy Algood

on March 21, 2012

About the Book:

Is there anything better than a kitchen countertop spread with the spoils of a Saturday morning at the farmers’ market? Every trip yields some new assortment of old favorites and newfound treasures. One week, you’re tempted by the sun-warmed heirloom tomatoes and the Mason jars brimming with orange blossom honey. Another week, it’s the slabs of milky Havarti cheese and the Red Haven peaches heavy with juice, enticing you to spend just a little more than you planned. Kentucky pole beans, silky ears of sweet corn, and sacks of stone-ground buckwheat flour may find their way into your basket on another visit.

Whether you shop with a list or purely on impulse, you’ll always find the truest taste of home at the local farms, roadside stands, and produce markets in your community. These are the places that offer up the native flavors of the South and all its seasons. They are your portal to the fields, the waters, and the vines where your food is cultivated. Get to know the origins of what you eat and the people who produce it. Tammy Algood’s Farm Fresh Southern Cooking celebrates this experience with delicious recipes that will enhance the natural flavors of your latest market haul and stories of the South’s most dedicated growers and culinary producers

My Opinion:

I’m not in the South, but I do enjoy all things Southern (well almost, I don’t like sweet tea, all may be too strong of word) so imagine my delight when there is a cookbook that combines farm fresh ingredients and Southern cooking.  Like most cookbooks this is divided into appetizers, soups, salads, desserts, etc but unlike other cookbooks it features farm from the South that are worth looking into (physically or on the internet).  Don’t think you have to have  a garden to use these recipes, visit your local farmer’s market and pick from the wide array of food selections and prepare to be surprised at what you’ll find – sometimes even cheaper than the grocery.  Some recipes I want to try are time honored cheese crackers (using a cookie press!), cheddar muffin pan biscuits, show-off grilled cheese sandwiches and grilled pork loin with fresh tomato marmalade – there are many, many more.

There are a lot of full colored pictures through out of the various foods which lends a very cozy touch to the cook book and it’s easy to tell which picture belongs with what recipe.  I really, really enjoyed the spotlight sections which feature a farm of some variety, either for bees, catfish, veggies, fruit, etc – with information about location and website, if available.  The author also gives a description of her visit and a little history of each farm.  This makes me want to take a road trip to visit farms!  This cookbook is not only a trove of recipes but also a fun trip down South to some great farms that makes one want to take advantage of those local farms in their area.

**I was provided an e-book copy from Booksneeze through Thomas Nelson in exchange for posting my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


2 responses to “Farm Fresh Southern Cooking Straight from the Garden to Your Dinner Table By Tammy Algood

  1. Debra says:

    I just requested this… but I didn’t dare to do the ebook. I was afraid it would format weird.

    Glad to read that you enjoyed it.

  2. ohiosarah says:

    Debra, it was well formatted on my Kindle Fire. I loaded it on my regular Kindle as well but didn’t try it yet.

    It was good, I think you’ll enjoy it.

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