Farm Fresh Southern Cooking by Tammy Algood
Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-4016-0158–4
Farm Fresh Southern Cooking by Tammy Algood is much more than a cookbook. While the book has a great collection of recipes, it also encourages the reader to shop from local growers. Ms. Algood considers growers and craftsmen to be important members of communities and rightfully so. Her enthusiasm for shopping locally is contagious.
The book is divided into the following chapters: Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Sides, Breads, Entrees, Desserts, and Breakfast and Brunch. In addition, there is a an excellent section on canning that emphasizes safety. At the beginning of each chapter is a list of the recipes included in the chapter. Ms. Algood introduces each recipe. Included in the introductions are serving suggestions and personal observations. This provides a wonderful personal touch. Each chapter includes “Spotlight” pages where information on southern foods and growers is provided. The recipes are easy to read and consist of ingredients that most have access to. I prepared several of the recipes and I was not disappointed.
Both the text and the photographs have an earthy quality which creates a warm feeling when reading the book. This is a comfortable book to read. I especially appreciated the references to local growers and the encouragement to look for Farmers Markets. Ms. Algood writes in her introduction “There is nothing better than knowing who grew or made the foods you enjoy daily.” I whole heartedly agree. Some of the best times I have had have been in the company of local growers. They possess a wealth of knowledge and are always willing to share. Using their products enhances any recipe thereby creating something special. This a special cookbook and I highly recommend it.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book reviews blogger program and I give this review of my own free will.