Gingersnap Lesson

The best gingersnap you’ll ever eat is homemade from a recipe in old editions of the Joy of Cooking. The recipe in the oldest of my four editions of Joy contains cayenne and makes a freakishly huge batch of almost 120 cookies. It changed just a little by the 1972 edition. The batch is still huge, but the cayenne is gone. Big change for the 1997 edition. The batch size is down to 6 dozen. Instead of vinegar, the recipe is formulated with...

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Concord Grape Bread

Concord Grape Bread

The book’s I’ve edited, I love them like children. Beautiful Breads & Fabulous Fillings by Margaux Sky (Rutledge Hill Press, 2006) was my quirky child, full of odd recipes like roasted red pepper-brie-mint bread and creamy viognier and pineapple sauce. At the same time I’m trying to clear out the cabinets and freezer of the various bit and bottles, I flip through the book and, behold, Concord Grape Bread! Just what I need...

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Wordcloud Wednesday

Wordcloud Wednesday

Here’s a wordcloud made from all the recipe titles as they appear in Southern Cooking for Company (due out from the great HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson around April 2015). Southerners sure do have a lot of recipes for chicken, pie and cake in the South. Gizzards, not so much: the word appears only once in the recipe titles. But grits? Just one grits recipe? That doesn’t seem possible in a Southern...

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Community Cookbooks for Free Cookbook Friday #5

Community Cookbooks for Free Cookbook Friday #5

Community cookbooks–I’ve made my living editing and compiling them. Southern Cooking for Company, my next book, is a community cookbook, too. There’s a whole academic volume to be written about the importance of community cookbooks. This week, I’m giving them away. The Southern Foodways Alliance Cookbook has the most impressive pedigree here, with two genuine academics as editors, Sara Roahen and John T. Edge. For this...

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Free Cookbook Friday: Tennessee Edition

Free Cookbook Friday: Tennessee Edition

Four cookbooks to give away this week–my biggest giveaway yet. Cooking from Nashville, Nashvillians and a certain boardinghouse near a certain whiskey distillery will find a new home this week. First up, a celebrity cookbook in every way: Southern Country Cooking from The Loveless Cafe by Jane and Michael Stern. That’s a double-barreled book right there. The world-famous Loveless (yes, the fried chicken recipe is in the book),...

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Hello, I’m Nicki

I've written about food for a living since The Silver Palate was new. Discovering a new cookbook or technique is my idea of fun. And kitchen gear--I'm helpless to resist. Like kitchen projects, the posts here are occasional and open-ended, so please subscribe. You can read more about my work at the "About Nicki" page.

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