Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Whitney Miller's New Southern Table, a review

Whitney Miller won MasterChef at the age of twenty-two, which tells us there was culinary inspiration there for a very long time.   In this new cookbook, she shares her family's favorite recipes... some just the same as they always have been and some that have been modernized a bit.

Now, I have read a lot of cookbooks where the good Southern cooking has been cleaned up and modernized.  Those recipes were usually really bad.  But the modern twists Whitney Miller has accomplished look delicious and some may have even added to the flavor.  For instance, where she now uses coconut oil as the fat used in a dish.

She also provides recipes inspired by her travels and by more ethnic foods coming available in the U.S.  I have one recipe bookmarked to try soon.  That is her PB&J Chicken Satays where red pepper jelly is used in the marinade!  Another recipe that is marked... Pulled Pork Nachos.  Yum.

Something else that is good is that Whitney Miller is a person of Faith and this book can easily be passed on to my teenage granddaughter who loves to cook.  I had purchased a cookbook for her earlier this year by a TV chef.  When the book arrived, I was shocked to find... in a cookbook... stories were about her relationship with men, her love life, and her breakups.  I know, I don't get it either.  I gave that cookbook to my daughter-in-law instead.

The background stories in this cookbook are family friendly and the photos are beautiful.

The chapters are:
  • Breakfast
  • Socials and Snacks
  • Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches
  • Sides to Share
  • Family Suppers
  • Sunday Dinners
  • Company's Comin'
  • Somethin' Sweet
  • Essentials and Enhancers
This is an excellent cookbook of Southern foods that any cook would enjoy having in her collection.

New Southern Table was provided by the publisher for review but the opinions are my own.

Further information is available at Amazon.com... here.*

*Most links to Amazon are Associate links.


tealady said...

This a cookbook that I would like to read and such a young women. It would be refreshing to see how one so young carries on family traditions.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

That sounds like a good cookbook, too! I bought two of the last one you recommended. They arrived today. I love it already. I am going to do a post about it, soon. I find myself saying "Yes!" as she shares her view of cooking, buying organic, etc.

Thanks for these reviews you do!


ps- can't believe those kinds of stories would be in a cookbook. I know I wouldn't want to read it!