“Farm Fresh Southern Cooking” by Tammy Algood

Come For Supper!

The cover of this cookbook got my attention right away.   It is very attractive and made me want to pick up the book and dive in. I have quite a cookbook collection, so I was interested in adding a new one.

The author has a unique feature in her book.  In between recipes, she has done features on different farmers’ markets and family run farms throughout the south. She is quite a fan of using locally grown produce, as well as, searching out unfamiliar vegetables and foods  at those places, and giving them a try. This was a unique addition, and I liked it very much.

It surprised me that Ms. Algood includes recipes for turnips, parsnips and rutabagas.  These are vegetables that were commonly served in my childhood. However, most of my contemporaries have never heard of these vegetables, much less eaten them. On a personal note, I was happy to see recipes using goat cheese. Part of my family is allergic to cow-milk products, so we use goat cheese instead. We are always happy to find a recipe that specifically calls for goat-milk-cheese.

This is a very pretty book to look through. I think it is commendable the author wants people to get food as fresh as possible, and then prepare it right away. Because of the term “southern cooking” in the title, I expected traditional southern comfort food–this book is not like that at all. There are recipes in this book that have different combinations of food that I have never seen before.

The pictures and articles about farmers’ markets and farms are great. How adventurous you are in the kitchen will determine how many of the recipes you will use.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

Tammy Algood’s Web Site: http://tammyalgood.wordpress.com/

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