This expanded edition of Bill Smith's acclaimed cookbook features seasonal menus, like Supper at the Beach, Fourth of July Picnic, A Christmas Eve Supper, New Year's Day Brunch, along with twenty tantalizing new recipes.
Crook’s Corner has gained national renown since it opened its doors in 1982. The New York Times called it “sacred ground for Southern foodies.” Bon Appétit called it “a legend.” Travel & Leisure described it as “ country cookin’ gone cool.” A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “the food is consistently outstanding, sort of nouvelle down home.” And Delta Sky magazine declared it “the best place to eat in Chapel Hill, in North Carolina and possibly on Earth.”
For more than a decade, Bill Smith has brought his intuitive and inspired approach to cooking to one of the South’s liveliest and most innovative kitchens. Structured around the seasons and the freshest seasonal foods, Seasoned in the South offers up Smith’s marvelously uncomplicated recipes— Tomato and Watermelon Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes with Sweet Corn and Lemon Beurre Blanc, Pork Roast with Artichoke Stuffing, and his signature dish, Honeysuckle Sorbet—the new bistro food of the South.
The Southern delicacies of Crook's Corner restaurant are well known to the students and residents of Chapel Hill, N.C. Now Smith, the chef there for 15 years, has assembled a quirky and compact selection of his favorite dishes for the rest of the world to ponder. Perhaps because Chapel Hill is a college town, the book is broken into four seasons starting with fall (though it's puzzling to find Scalloped Potatoes in autumn, Mashed Potatoes in spring and not a single spud in winter). Smith previously worked at another North Carolina spot, La Residence, and there exists an undercurrent of fine French cuisine that gives his recipes some sophistication. The cultural mix is readily apparent and exciting in his Two- (or Three-) Bird P t : in one of the few instances where liquor benefits a liver, duck and chicken organs are flavored with a jigger of Wild Turkey. The French influence is subtler in Turtle Soup, based on a dish from Babette's Feast and requiring two pounds of ground turtle meat. Of course, such pomp and circumstance can carry one only so far. Smith's summer ends with a blissfully redneck Really Good Banana Pudding, laden with half-and-half and vanilla wafers.