Go deep into the heart and soul of American southern cooking.
Smoke Roots Mountain Harvest by Lauren McDuffie, writer of the award-winning food blog Harvest and Honey (and a Saveur Best Blog finalist for “Best New Voice”), captures the flavors and modern cooking techniques of Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains in this evocative cookbook.
This beautiful cookbook showcases 70 recipes and 80 photographs organized by seasons. Each chapter opens with storytelling that echoes the folklore and tall tales of the region, centered on rediscovering the unique food culture of the region.
Menu suggestions and wine pairings encompass a variety of meal occasions, from small plates to soups, salads, mains, sides, drinks, dessert, along with tips and techniques on canning, pickling, and preserving. Recipes include:
• Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Pickled Pepper Vinaigrette
• Slow-Roasted Onion and Golden Apple Soup
• Baked Pork Chops with Cran-Apple Moonshine Compote
• Drunken Short Ribs with Smoky Gouda Grits & Mountain Gremolata
• Pan-Seared Carrots with Bourbon-Maple Glaze
• Triple Orange Cake with Honey-Lavender Buttercream
Harvest and Honey blogger McDuffie puts her talents to use in this excellent debut collection of more than 70 recipes inspired by her childhood in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Evoking an Appalachian lifestyle, McDuffie organizes the chapters by season. For example, she discusses the pleasures of a fall campfire and creates an autumn menu titled "For Ghosts and Their Stories," then offers up fire-roasted stuffed pumpkins filled with sausage, bread crumbs, goat cheese, and Gruy re; pasta with scallion and black walnut pesto; crispy-skin trout with lemon brown butter sauce; and s'mores from scratch. Several entr es can be prepared indoors or outdoors, many in family-style portions, and some present a fusion of American and international sensibilities, such as the bold miso-bacon moonshine mussels. Sweets are especially notable, in terms of both their flavor profiles and photogenic appeal: grapefruit and vanilla french toast souffl is pictured amid a snow flurry of confectioners' sugar, and triple orange cake with honey-lavender buttercream is captured in the ornate and contemplative style of a Vermeer painting. McDuffie mesmerizes in this intimate and charmingly rendered collection of inspiring recipes.