Best Southern Cooking Cookbooks

Explore the differnt flavors and traditions of the South with these excellent cookbooks.

Top Ten Southern Cookbooks

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Ree Drummond
March 13, 2012
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier

Accidental ranch wife, beloved multiple Bloggie Award-winning blogger, and #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drummond is back with a second helping of irresistible recipes, down home wit, and warm remembrances. With The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, Ree serves up a feast of delicious, soul-satisfying, cowboy-approved comfort food that the whole family will enjoy—from glazed doughnuts to restaurant-style salsa to spicy Dr. Pepper pulled pork to the best grilled cheese ever!

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Joanna Gaines
April 24, 2018
Best cookbooks 2018: Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines' warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites and classic comfort selections from the couple's new Waco restaurant, Magnolia Table.

Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and friendship than through the art of togetherness, celebrating tradition, and sharing a great meal. Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes—from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts—presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by her love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor. Inside Magnolia Table, you'll find recipes the whole family will enjoy, such as:

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Asparagus and Fontina Quiche
  • Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon, Toasted Pecans, and Balsamic Reduction
  • Peach Caprese
  • Overnight French Toast
  • White Cheddar Bisque
  • Fried Chicken with Sticky Poppy Seed Jam
  • Lemon Pie
  • Mac and Cheese

Full of personal stories and beautiful photos, Magnolia Table is an invitation to share a seat at the table with Joanna Gaines and her family.

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Robbie Montgomery
October 20, 2015
Sweetie Pie's Cookbook: Soulful Southern Recipes, from My Family to Yours

Soulful Southern Recipes, from My Family to Yours

The beloved owner of the wildly popular Sweetie Pie's restaurant, and star of the OWN reality television show Welcome to Sweetie Pie's shares recipes for her renowned soul food and the lessons she's learned on the path to success.

Growing up in Mississippi and St. Louis, Robbie Montgomery, the oldest of nine children, was often responsible for putting meals on the family table. Working side by side with her mother in their St. Louis kitchen, Robbie learned to prepare dozens of classic soul food dishes.

Now, at seventy-two, Miss Robbie passes down those traditions for generations of fans to enjoy in Sweetie Pie's Cookbook. Robbie takes you into the kitchen to prepare her most favored meals—smothered pork chops, salmon croquettes, baked chicken—and tells you heartfelt and humorous stories, including amazing tales from her life at the restaurant and on the road as a back-up singer. Miss Robbie began her culinary career on the road—in the segregated America of the1960s, finding welcoming restaurants in small cities and towns was often challenging for African-Americans. When a collapsed lung prematurely ended her singing career, Miss Robbie returned to St. Louis, using her formidable cooking talent to open a soul food restaurant that would make her legend.

Through her show and this special cookbook, Miss Robbie hopes to maintain the place of soul food cooking—its recipes, history, and legacy—in American culture for decades to come.

Sweetie Pie's Cookbook includes 75-100 gorgeous color photos and an Index.

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Vivian Howard
October 4, 2016
Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Vivian Howard, star of PBS's A CHEF'S LIFE, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina's coastal plain in more than 200 recipes and stories.

This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food of Deep Run, North Carolina--Vivian's home--is as rich as any culinary tradition in the world.

Organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level--from beginners to confident cooks--DEEP RUN ROOTS features time-honored simple preparations alongside extraordinary meals from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer. Home cooks will find photographs for every single recipe.

As much a storybook as it is a cookbook, DEEP RUN ROOTS imparts the true tale of Southern food: rooted in family and tradition, yet calling out to the rest of the world.

Ten years ago, Vivian opened Chef and the Farmer and put the nearby town of Kinston on the culinary map. But in a town paralyzed by recession, she couldn't hop on every new culinary trend. Instead, she focused on rural development: If you grew it, she'd buy it. Inundated by local sweet potatoes, blueberries, shrimp, pork, and beans, Vivian learned to cook the way generations of Southerners before her had, relying on resourcefulness, creativity, and the traditional ways of preserving food.

DEEP RUN ROOTS is the result of years of effort to discover the riches of Eastern North Carolina. Like The Fannie Farmer CookbookThe Art of Simple Food, and The Taste of Country Cooking before it, this is landmark work of American food writing.

Recipes include:

  • Family favorites like Blueberry BBQ Chicken, Creamed Collard-Stuffed Potatoes, Fried Yams with Five-Spice Maple Bacon Candy, Chicken and Rice, and Country-Style Pork Ribs in Red Curry-Braised Watermelon,
  • Crowd-pleasers like Butterbean Hummus, Tempura-Fried Okra with Ranch Ice Cream, Pimiento Cheese Grits with Salsa and Pork Rinds, Cool Cucumber Crab Dip, and Oyster Pie,
  • Show-stopping desserts like Warm Banana Pudding, Peaches and Cream Cake, Spreadable Cheesecake, and Pecan-Chewy Pie,
  • And 200 more quick breakfasts, weeknight dinners, holiday centerpieces, seasonal preserves, and traditional preparations for all kinds of cooks.
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Kent Rollins
April 7, 2015
A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail

Irresistible recipes from pantry ingredients by an authentic cowboy and TV veteran

Whether he’s beating Bobby Flay at chicken-fried steak on the Food Network, catering for a barbecue, bar mitzvah, or wedding, or cooking for cowboys in the middle of nowhere, Kent Rollins makes comfort food that satisfies. This gifted cook, TV contestant, and storyteller takes us into his frontier world with simple food anyone can do.

A cowboy’s day starts early and ends late. Kent offers labor-saving breakfasts like Egg Bowls with Smoked Cream Sauce. For lunch or dinner, there’s 20-minute Green Pepper Frito Pie, hands-off, four-ingredient Sweet Heat Chopped Barbecue Sandwiches, or mild and smoky Roasted Bean-Stuffed Poblano Peppers. He even parts with his prized recipe for Bread Pudding with Whisky Cream Sauce. (The secret to its lightness? Hamburger buns.) Kent gets creative with ingredients on everyone’s shelves, using lime soda to caramelize Sparkling Taters and balsamic vinegar to coax the sweetness out of Strawberry Pie.

With stunning photos of the American West and Kent’s lively tales and poetry, A Taste of Cowboy is a must-have for everyone who loves good, honest food and wants a glimpse of a vanishing way of life.

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Junior League of Denver
May 1, 2008
Colorado Cache Cookbook

A goldmine of recipes from the Junior League of Denver! This classic cookbook offers a treasure trove of recipes that reflect Colorado's casual style of living, rich heritage and natural bounty. Colorado Cache includes 680 recipes that are upscale, yet uncomplicated, inspiring, yet reliable, in the tradition of great American cooking. Colorado Cache is the first in a collection of five famous and award-winning Colorado cookbooks and has sold over a million copies since the first printing in 1978.

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Pam Wattenbarger
September 18, 2018
The New Southern Cookbook

Classic Family Recipes And Modern Twists on Old Favorites

The New Southern Cookbook redefines the taste of tradition with southern comfort recipes for modern times.

Southern food has brought comfort to families and friends for generations. To pass on the tradition, The New Southern Cookbook serves updated classics along with original recipes for today’s table.

These homestyle recipes feature memorable meals along with fresh favorites that are destined to become classics. With a healthy twist on every dish―save the deep-fried food for special occasions―The New Southern Cookbook offers lighter, more healthful versions of down south recipes that you can eat any day of the week.

From heirloom recipes like Easy Shrimp Creole to new comfort foods like Breaded Pork Chops with Avocado Peach Salsa, The New Southern Cookbook guarantees that friends and family will never leave the table hungry with:

  • An introduction to the southern kitchen that helps you prepare your kitchen and pantry with staple ingredients and equipment
  • Classic family recipes like Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Pie that have stood the test of time
  • Updated and new family recipes that offer healthier variations on suppertime staples like Squash Puppies and Bacon Pimento Cheese, plus new dishes like Honey Grilled Peaches and Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

Whether you were born with a taste for southern cuisine or developed it, The New Southern Cookbookserves up recipes for the next generation of home cooks and their families.

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Editors of Garden and Gun
October 27, 2015
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories

Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories

From Garden & Gun—the magazine that features the best of Southern cooking, dining, cocktails, and customs—comes an heirloom-quality guide to the traditions and innovations that define today’s Southern food culture, with more than 100 recipes and 4-color photography throughout.

From well-loved classics like biscuits and fried chicken to uniquely regional dishes such as sonker (Piedmont, North Carolina’s take on cobbler) or Minorcan chowder (Florida’s version of clam chowder), each recipe in The Southerner’s Cookbook tells a story about Southern food and its origins. With contributions from some of the South’s finest chefs, a glossary of cooking terms, and essays from many of the magazine’s most beloved writers, The Southerner’s Cookbook is much more than simply a collection of recipes: it is a true reflection of the South’s culinary past, present, and future

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Jessica Dupuy
February 9, 2016
United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State

Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State

There are many things that are big in Texas: Wide open spaces, personalities, hair, but above all, there's flavor! United Tastes of Texas is your geographical guide to Texas cuisine based on five distinct culinary regions: Central, Coastal, East, South, and West Texas; as well as the culinary influences brought by settlers from countries including Czechoslovakia, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.

Each chapter starts with a brief history of the region, as well as plenty of interesting facts and bits of history including notes on cooking equipment, stories on local chefs and restaurants that have helped shape each of the regions, and pages of beautiful photography and imagery. But foremost is the food: 125 recipes featuring traditional and regional-specific dishes and cooking methods including Texan takes on Black-Eyed Peas, Skillet Cornbread, Shrimp Creole, Smoked Brisket, Smoked Tortilla Soup, and one of the most classically Texan dishes - Chicken Fried Steak, just to name a few.

Whether you're a native Texan in need of recipe inspiration, a Texas ex-pat longing for a taste of home, or a culinary adventurer ready to explore the Lone Star State, United Tastes of Texas packs plenty of history, travel, and food into one book!

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Ford Fry
April 23, 2019
Tex-Mex Cookbook: Traditions, Innovations, and Comfort Foods from Both Sides of the Border

Traditions, Innovations, and Comfort Foods from Both Sides of the Border

Tex-Mex is more than just a flavor-packed cookbook of tried and true recipes for comfort-food favorites like nachos, fajitas, and chili—it’s a way of life. 

“A revelatory book that will make you want to heartily wander the border.”—Hugh Acheson

It was born in the 1940s when traditional Northern Mexican cuisine collided with the robust flavors of Texas ranchers’ kitchens. Now, chef and restaurateur Ford Fry presents the definitive book on the topic with craveable recipes that are heavy on flavor and light on fuss. Peppered throughout are jump-off-the-page photographs, helpful ingredient explainers, playful histories, and important cooking tips. These melty, crispy, hot-as-heck classics include Dirty Breakfast Tacos, Grilled Shrimp Diablo, Cheese Enchiladas Con Chili Gravy, Sopaipillas with Local Honey, and more salsas than you can imagine. Pour yourself a Classic Margarita on the Rocks—don’t forget to salt the rim—and get ready to satisfy the rumble in your stomach.

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Robb Walsh
April 19, 2016
Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from the Pitmasters, Revised & Updated with 32 New Recipes!

Recipes and Recollections from the Pitmasters, Revised & Updated with 32 New Recipes! 

Texas barbecue is hotter than ever! Alongside the veteran Texas pitmasters that made tender smoked brisket, juicy sausage links and succulent beef ribs famous; a new generation of young pitmasters have created a modern style of Texas barbecue that is being imitated across the nation.

You'll find the classic methods and the latest techniques all together in this new updated edition—along with cutting edge smokers, pits, tools and accessories, and some innovative new recipes—like Trimmed Brisket, Cook-off Ribs, and luscious double-decker BBQ Sandwiches.

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Natasha Newton
November 20, 2018
Southern Keto: 100+ Traditional Food Favorites for a Low-Carb Lifestyle

100+ Traditional Food Favorites for a Low-Carb Lifestyle 

The ketogenic lifestyle doesn't require a sacrifice of flavor! Many people think that going keto means they have to give up American traditional dishes, but with a little creativity most of your favorite foods can be made keto. Southern Keto will show you how to make your favorite comfort foods delicious and low-carb.  You don't have to give up breading, cheesecake, pan fried chicken, or biscuits. Natasha "Tasha" Newton has you covered. 

In this book she also shares her struggles from childhood obesity and years of yoyo dieting to being diagnosed with crohn's disease at the age of 29. She'll share with you how keto helped her to lose weight and gain freedom from sugar and food addiction. Natasha will serve you delicious and healthy keto meals side inspiration and encouragement! Being a southern girl she prides herself in recreating her family's favorite foods, keto style. If it doesn't taste great, she knows that her family won't be interested!

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Robb Walsh
June 15, 2004
The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos

A History in Recipes and Photos

Join Texas food writer Robb Walsh on a grand tour complete with larger-than-life characters, colorful yarns, rare archival photographs, and a savory assortment of crispy, crunchy Tex-Mex foods.

From the Mexican pioneers of the sixteenth century, who first brought horses and cattle to Texas, to the Spanish mission era when cumin and garlic were introduced, to the 1890s when the Chile Queens of San Antonio sold their peppery stews to gringos like O. Henry and Ambrose Bierce, and through the chili gravy, combination plates, crispy tacos, and frozen margaritas of the twentieth century, all the way to the nuevo fried oyster nachos and vegetarian chorizo of today, here is the history of Tex-Mex in more than 100 recipes and 150 photos.

Rolled, folded, and stacked enchiladas, old-fashioned puffy tacos, sizzling fajitas, truck-stop chili, frozen margaritas, Frito™ Pie, and much, much more, are all here in easy-to-follow recipes for home cooks.

The Tex-Mex Cookbook will delight chile heads, food history buffs, Mexican food fans, and anybody who has ever woken up in the middle of the night craving cheese enchiladas.

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Eddie Hernandez
April 10, 2018
Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen

A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen

Southern fare with a Mexican flair, by the chef/co-owner of the restaurant empire that Bon Appétitcalled a “Top American Restaurant”

USA Today called Taqueria del Sol “a runaway success.” Bon Appétit wrote: “Move over, Chipotle!” The fast-casual food of Eddie Hernandez, the James Beard-nominated chef/co-owner of the restaurant, lands on the commonalities of Southern and Mexican food, with dishes like Memphis barbecue pork tacos, chicken pot pie served in a “bowl” of a puffed tortilla, turnip greens in “pot likker” spiked with chiles, or the “Eddie Palmer,” sweet tea with a jab of tequila. Eddie never hesitates to break with purists to make food taste better, adding sugar to creamy grits to balance the jalapeños, or substituting tomatillos in fried green tomatoes for a more delicate texture. Throughout, “Eddie’s Way” sidebars show how to make each dish even more special.