A Southerly Course
Recipes and Stories from Close to Home
By Martha Hall Foose
(Clarkson Potter, Hardcover, 9780307464286, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
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In the highly anticipated follow-up to her bestselling Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, Martha Hall Foose shares recipes and stories that are even closer to her home and heart.
A Southerly Course delves deep into Mississippi Delta flavors and foodways, where Martha finds inspiration in local ingredients—from figs and sweet potatoes to crawfish and venison. In her signature style, she pairs each recipe with an anecdote or words of advice, her memorable tales about each dish lingering long after the last bite has been polished off.
Martha’s beloved Southern cuisine is a fresh take on homey favorites fiercely protected by the locals, including Skillet Fried Corn, Sweet Pickle Braised Pork Shoulder, and Blackberry Jelly Roll. Dishes such as Sweet-and-Sour Salsify and Peanut Chicken, on the other hand, reflect the influence other cuisines have had on Southern cooking. Martha’s lifelong bond with Mississippi is most apparent when she introduces her friends and family; she dedicates Burgundy Duck to a fiery group of women duck hunters called the Swamp Witches, while her cousin’s new wife inspires Korean-style Grilled Green Onions. And in recalling her former neighbor, the famed author Eudora Welty, she reveals the secret to a perfect Custard Pie.
With more than 100 recipes and beautiful color photographs, this book is a wonderful, personal look into the South that Martha loves. Gather around her table in A Southerly Course for unforgettable food and vivid stories, both hallmarks in a rich Southern tradition.
Martha Hall Foose is the James Beard Award–winning author of the bestselling cookbook Screen Doors & Sweet Tea. Born and raised in Mississippi, she attended the famed pastry school École Lenôtre in France. She returned to Mississippi and opened Bottletree Bakery—a Southern institution in Oxford—and later, with her husband, Mockingbird Bakery in Greenwood. The former executive chef of the Viking Cooking School, Martha was a food stylist for the movie The Help, based on the bestselling novel of the same name. She makes her home on her family’s farm in Tchula, Mississippi, with her husband and their son. Visit Martha at www.marthafoose.com.
"I’d drive all the way to Mississippi if Martha Hall Foose invited me to her table. Such is the allure of her recipes and stories. Everything in A Southerly Course and in Screen Doors and Sweet Tea appeals to me—the authentic Southern food (which is America’s best), the humor, the evocative photographs, and the strong sense of a place. Cookbooks should make you happy. This one bursts with memory and cheer."
"This cookbook reads almost like a novel—I could hardly put it down! The recipes are such a wonderful reminder of the country cooking I grew up on as a little girl."
"I am continually impressed with Martha’s ability to bring new life to Southern food. Her recipes and stories transport me to my favorite place, the Southern home kitchen, sitting around the table with great food and great company."
—Donald Link, author of Real Cajun and chef-owner of Cochon and Herbsaint
"This book makes me want to call everyone in my family and cook a grand Southern feast. Martha is a sweetheart and an inspiration. Buy this book and call your family over for dinner."
—Sean Brock, chef-owner of McCrady’s
"You know Martha—she’s your cousin, your aunt, your childhood friend. In her new book, she comes into your life like a cool and gracious Southern breeze and makes you feel as if she’s always been there as she shares recipes and tales of our beloved homeland."
—Christy Jordan, author of Southern Plate