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A New York Times bestseller

Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Bragg’s loving tribute to the South, his family and, especially, to his extraordinary mother. Here are irresistible stories and recipes from across generations. They come, skillet by skillet, from Bragg’s ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they inspired. Deeply personal and unfailingly mouthwatering, The Best Cook in the World is a book to be savored.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 24
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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Zinguy ,

Wonderful, Simply Wonderful

There are books that you read because of the adventure and ones that make you want to be one of the dashing characters. Some you read for inspiration and others simply for the author’s eloquent prose. For me, Rick Bragg transcends all of these.

When he writes about “his people” it conjures up memories of my own. Memories of poached eggs and toast with my great grandmother, sauerkraut curing in a crock on the kitchen counter and fat, floppy eared, rabbits that were raised not as pets but for the table. It reminded me of turkeys and geese corn fed by my grandfather and expertly cooked by my grandmother for our thanksgiving and Christmas family feasts. Memories of a kitchen table sagging under the weight of home baked cookies, pies, and cakes, all masterfully baked by my mom, her sisters, my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunts. I was blessed to grow up with three generations of woman who might also qualify as the greatest cooks in the world. This book brought back memories of all of them. I have rarely ran across a more satisfying read.

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