A Real Southern Cook in Her Savannah Kitchen

A Real Southern Cook in Her Savannah Kitchen

Book - 2015
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"Dora Charles is the real deal, and hers may be the most honest - and personal - southern cookbook I've ever read." - John Martin Taylor

In her first cookbook, a revered former cook at Savannah's most renowned restaurant divulges her locally famous Savannah recipes--many of them never written down before--and those of her family and friends

Hundreds of thousands of people have made a trip to dine on the exceptional food cooked by Dora Charles at Savannah's most famous restaurant. Now, the woman who was barraged by editors and agents to tell her story invites us into her home to taste the food she loves best.

These are the intensely satisfying dishes at the heart of Dora's beloved Savannah: Shrimp and Rice; Simple Smoky Okra; Buttermilk Cornbread from her grandmother; and of course, a truly incomparable Fried Chicken. Each dish has a "secret ingredient" for a burst of flavor: mayonnaise in the biscuits; Savannah Seasoning in her Gone to Glory Potato Salad; sugar-glazed bacon in her deviled eggs. All the cornerstones of the Southern table are here, from Out-of-This-World Smothered Catfish to desserts like a jaw-dropping Very Red Velvet Cake.

With moving dignity, Dora describes her motherless upbringing in Savannah, the hard life of her family, whose memories stretched back to slave times, learning to cook at age six, and the years she worked at the restaurant. "Talking About" boxes impart Dora's cooking wisdom, and evocative photos of Savannah and the Low Country set the scene.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
ISBN: 9780544387683
Branch Call Number: 641.5975 CHARLES
Characteristics: 271 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Charles gives us a peek inside the recipes that made her (seriously mouth watering) cooking famous.

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Mar 19, 2017

Easy to follow recipes, lovely photographs. Perhaps too many recipes rely on her Savannah Seasoning Mix (which has common ingredients). Varied yummy concoctions. Well worth a try.

Dec 29, 2015

I love Savannah and Dora Charles' authentic southern recipes. So many things to try in case you've never had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful city. I love the photographs and biographical stories interwoven throughout the book. The recipes are straightforward and can be duplicated by most home cooks.


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