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A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more t A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin' Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. Featuring beautifully styled shots of finished dishes and the Southern home style, as well as Kelsey Barnard Clark's tips for stocking the pantry, entertaining with ease, and keeping your house guest-ready (with or without toddlers). Readers of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, fans of Kelsey Barnard Clark and her stint on Top Chef, and any home cooks who love cooking and serving Southern food, have a young family, and like to host guests will appreciate these modern homemaking tips, the approachable instruction, and the contemporary repertoire of recipes that brim with flavors of the Deep South. SOUTHERN FOOD IS PERENNIALLY POPULAR: With 100 simple recipes that cover all occasions, plus entertaining tips throughout the book, Southern Grit has wide-ranging appeal for the broad audience of people who love Southern flavors. TOP CHEF WINNER & FAN FAVORITE: Kelsey Barnard Clark is a self-branded "spicy Joanna Gaines." Her personality and talent were showcased on Top Chef, leading her to win the title of Fan Favorite in addition to winning the season overall—only the second time in 16 seasons when that's happened. Perfect for: • Fans of TOP CHEF and Kelsey Barnard Clark • Southerners and fans of Southern cooking • Home cooks who like to host and entertain • Home cooks with young families


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A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more t A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin' Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. Featuring beautifully styled shots of finished dishes and the Southern home style, as well as Kelsey Barnard Clark's tips for stocking the pantry, entertaining with ease, and keeping your house guest-ready (with or without toddlers). Readers of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, fans of Kelsey Barnard Clark and her stint on Top Chef, and any home cooks who love cooking and serving Southern food, have a young family, and like to host guests will appreciate these modern homemaking tips, the approachable instruction, and the contemporary repertoire of recipes that brim with flavors of the Deep South. SOUTHERN FOOD IS PERENNIALLY POPULAR: With 100 simple recipes that cover all occasions, plus entertaining tips throughout the book, Southern Grit has wide-ranging appeal for the broad audience of people who love Southern flavors. TOP CHEF WINNER & FAN FAVORITE: Kelsey Barnard Clark is a self-branded "spicy Joanna Gaines." Her personality and talent were showcased on Top Chef, leading her to win the title of Fan Favorite in addition to winning the season overall—only the second time in 16 seasons when that's happened. Perfect for: • Fans of TOP CHEF and Kelsey Barnard Clark • Southerners and fans of Southern cooking • Home cooks who like to host and entertain • Home cooks with young families

30 review for Southern Grit: 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Lee

    I liked many of the recipes in this book. The photos were gorgeous. And I learned some great tips for more successfully frosting a layer cake. Unfortunately this wouldn’t be a cookbook I’d purchase for my collection. For one, many of the recipes are too fancy for everyday meals, no matter how much the chef tried to convince me otherwise. But more importantly, it was about tone. In her introduction and many of her recipe intros, the general tone of the chef felt like one of judgment and fake char I liked many of the recipes in this book. The photos were gorgeous. And I learned some great tips for more successfully frosting a layer cake. Unfortunately this wouldn’t be a cookbook I’d purchase for my collection. For one, many of the recipes are too fancy for everyday meals, no matter how much the chef tried to convince me otherwise. But more importantly, it was about tone. In her introduction and many of her recipe intros, the general tone of the chef felt like one of judgment and fake charm and that did not sit well with me at all. *** I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback of this book. ***

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Despite the subtitle, the recipes in Southern Grit seem to me to be a little more upscale Southern than "down-home". Still, there are a lot of delicious choices here… from appetizers like Pimiento Cheese and Cheese Straws to entrees like Roast Chicken and Quiche and desserts (of course!) like Icebox Cookies and Cream Cheese Pound Cake. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos, but as a visual person, it’s always a little disappointing that every recipe does not have at least a photo Despite the subtitle, the recipes in Southern Grit seem to me to be a little more upscale Southern than "down-home". Still, there are a lot of delicious choices here… from appetizers like Pimiento Cheese and Cheese Straws to entrees like Roast Chicken and Quiche and desserts (of course!) like Icebox Cookies and Cream Cheese Pound Cake. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photos, but as a visual person, it’s always a little disappointing that every recipe does not have at least a photograph of the finished product. There’s no nutritional info, but southern food never promised to be healthy. It’s nice that Southern Grit’s recipes do not rely on processed foods. The beginning of the book, with its cleaning, hosting hints, and plant care seems a bit pretentious and out of place in a cookbook. But I did like the inclusion of the knife skills, kitchen tools, and canning sections, which offered a lot of useful info. I am so grateful to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the opportunity to read and review Southern Grit: 100+ Down Home Recipes for the Modern Cook.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Southern Grit was more than a cookbook. It was a visit back to my childhood via food. The pictures, stories and recipes themselves created a great deal of nostalgia for me. Some of the recipes were familiar and similar to those I knew growing up. While other recipes were a new and fresh addition to my arsenal. I look forward to trying more of these recipes soon. This recipe book is one I'll definitely be buying for others. It will be a wonderful addition to any library. Thank you to NetGalley for Southern Grit was more than a cookbook. It was a visit back to my childhood via food. The pictures, stories and recipes themselves created a great deal of nostalgia for me. Some of the recipes were familiar and similar to those I knew growing up. While other recipes were a new and fresh addition to my arsenal. I look forward to trying more of these recipes soon. This recipe book is one I'll definitely be buying for others. It will be a wonderful addition to any library. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    You know those sentences you read in cookbooks that you never expected to see in print? One example might be a mention I saw earlier in the week of something like 'fermented beetroot elixir'. I'm used to those weirdly high-falutin' ingredients being mentioned in recipes that are destined for greater kitchens than mine. But this homely cook book, as deluxe, as engaging, as not-for-numpties as it is, had an unexpected sentence of a most different kind. "Van Morrison never disappoint[s]." Now I know You know those sentences you read in cookbooks that you never expected to see in print? One example might be a mention I saw earlier in the week of something like 'fermented beetroot elixir'. I'm used to those weirdly high-falutin' ingredients being mentioned in recipes that are destined for greater kitchens than mine. But this homely cook book, as deluxe, as engaging, as not-for-numpties as it is, had an unexpected sentence of a most different kind. "Van Morrison never disappoint[s]." Now I know what you're thinking, (a) Foghorn Morrison, Covidiot Morrison, whatever you want to call him, certainly can and indeed does disappoint, and (b) what the heck has this to do with cuisine? Well, it came from a life-hack kind of section you get before you even don an apron here. This is all about the homely, welcoming, doing-it-like-my-mama lifestyle, y'all, and we have tips for house-keeping, and children-balancing, just as our hostess claims to do, before we get to the food. But with that sinful example of musical taste (sic), I think it safer to actually get to the eats, don't you? That would be, er, page 58 out of 259. Just sayin', y'all. And the recipes look fine – even if you won't find this report coming off the back of eating any of them. They're not specifically hearty food, not specifically party food – they're the in-between place, where things are cooked with love to bring joy to those you love. Each comes with clear directions, good instructions as to what to build the dish of – and a verbose section of the page discussing the relevance of each plate or glass for the author. And inasmuch as this wants to talk to the world about the specific cuisine of the southern States, it doesn't quite travel – or the ingredients don't. I might have remembered from past queries what collard greens were, but lady peas were new to me, and they're yet one more thing here that us Brits will find themselves unable to replicate. Other things are novel to me, and may well bear fruit, or may not – a week after I saw evidence a roast chicken must be opened out – not spatch-cocked, but let's say compromised, this trusses it up a good 'un – and then allows for a hair-dryer to crisp the skin up before cooking. Ultimately, this does what it wants to do – running the reader through the gamut of dishes and drinks available, while being a decent host (music choices regardless). It's a good book, finely presented if you like the chatting, with the nicest of photographs (except for one steak I'd sling to the dogs, if I had any). As a ho-hum cook, but with a kick-ass chowder under my belt, I felt this well-made and well-intentioned, but preaching to the converted and not really able to convince the average person unable to buy these un-average ingredients.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Gibson

    Hot damn! This cookbook is true to its name and packed full of tasty southern staples. As someone who not too long ago moved to North Carolina and has thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine. I got to try three of the recipes (OG buttermilk biscuits, cornmeal catfish with green goddess dressing, and baked cheese grits) and all of them felt like they had those authentic southern flavors. There was a lot of filler at the front of the book laying out kitchen staples, cut sizes, etc... and while some of it is Hot damn! This cookbook is true to its name and packed full of tasty southern staples. As someone who not too long ago moved to North Carolina and has thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine. I got to try three of the recipes (OG buttermilk biscuits, cornmeal catfish with green goddess dressing, and baked cheese grits) and all of them felt like they had those authentic southern flavors. There was a lot of filler at the front of the book laying out kitchen staples, cut sizes, etc... and while some of it is very nice to have, it feels like a lot of extra. Overall though a sure fire winner

  6. 4 out of 5

    TheBookMavenJoy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER: J.Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sincere Appreciation Goes to NetGalley & Chronicle Books for Providing an Advance Reader's Copy for Review Southern Grit – 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook By Kelsey Barnard Clark Coming in August 2021… Hurry up and eat, y’all. A modern Southern cookbook for the home cook featuring over 100 recipes from preeminent chef, multitasking mom, straight-talker, and Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark. M The Book Maven’s Journal Reviews for Word Connoisseurs REVIEWER: J.Hunt STAR RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sincere Appreciation Goes to NetGalley & Chronicle Books for Providing an Advance Reader's Copy for Review Southern Grit – 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook By Kelsey Barnard Clark Coming in August 2021… Hurry up and eat, y’all. A modern Southern cookbook for the home cook featuring over 100 recipes from preeminent chef, multitasking mom, straight-talker, and Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark. My mouth was salivating as I feasted with my eyes while looking at the pictures and reading the recipes all the way through Top Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark’s soon to be released cookbook, Southern Grit – 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook. Kelsey’s beautifully photographed volume is filled with step-by-step directions on how to prepare lots of traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken, smoked gouda grits with red-eye gravy, squash casserole, cornbread and pecan pie, as well as unique creations prepared with her own special flair. There are so many terrific-sounding recipes in Kelsey’s new Cookbook that I am looking forward to trying. Her recipe for marinated Christmas Beef Tenderloin is one that I am truly anxious to prepare, and I’m not waiting until the holidays! This Top Chef Champion may live, and run a very successful restaurant in L.A. – Lower Alabama (Dothan); however, Kelsey has trained and honed her professional and technical skills with some of America's leading chefs and restaurateurs. From the recipes in this book, as well as from being a frequent patron at her restaurant, KBC’s on Foster in Dothan, I can attest to Kelsey's palate pleasing skills. She can also proudly boast of descending from a long line of talented Southern cooks and hospitality enthusiasts. Following are just a few of the recipes from family members and friends that Kelsey shares in Southern Grit: Bee’s crispy and scrumptious Fried Chicken (I know first hand!); Mrs. Rodman’s Cream Cheese Pound Cake; her Mother's Carrot Cake; and Beeb’s Blackberry Cobbler. I’m starving ya’ll! In addition to sharing some of her favorite recipes in this volume, Kelsey also gives her thoughts on Southern Hospitality; presents advice on being a gracious and prepared hostess; suggests a quick daily routine of tidying tips; and of course, provides a thorough reference for establishing a well-equipped and provisioned kitchen. Southern Grit is the perfect compendium on style and gracious living for the modern cook. To further whet your appetite, following is a favored local Dothan recipe of Kelsey's, as well as her 2016 Top Chef Winning entry—Key Lime Crunch—locally known as “crack” because it's so tasty and addictive. Bet you can't eat just one handful! Key Lime Crunch Recipe (Kelsey’s Top Chef Winning Recipe) Ingredients: 5 cups [800 g] white chocolate chips Zest and juice of 5 limes 4 cups [140 g] Chex cereal (any variety) 4 cups [140 g] Cinnamon Life cereal 3 cups [105 g] Honey Bunches of Oats cereal 1 cup [125 g] macadamia nuts, whole or halved 1 cup [130 g] cashews, whole or halved 1 cup [80 g] banana chips 1 cup [100 g] shredded coconut 3 Tbsp salt Zest of 2 lemons One 14 oz [400 g] box graham crackers, crumbled Directions: In a large mixing bowl, melt the white chocolate. Place 1 cup [160 g] of the melted chocolate in a small bowl and whisk in the lime juice. It will seize; that’s OK! Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. In a very large bowl or tub, toss together all the cereals, the macadamia nuts, cashews, banana chips, coconut, 11⁄2 Tbsp of the salt, and the lemon zest. Pour the lime and chocolate mixture and the remaining melted chocolate over the top and toss together thoroughly. Promptly pour the mixture onto the prepared pans. Separate and flatten the mixture so there are no large clumps. Sprinkle with the graham cracker crumbs, remaining 11⁄2 Tbsp of salt, and the lime zest. Let sit out for about 1 hour or until the chocolate has hardened. Gently break up into bite-size pieces before serving. https://www.goodreads.com/joyreadergirl1 (Check-out some of my other favorite Books and their Reviews that I've posted on Goodreads at the above link. I’ve written and posted more than 300 book reviews with an average of 3.98 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Star Rating Average on Goodreads.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 4, 2021 Publication date: August 10, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in e Date reviewed/posted: May 4, 2021 Publication date: August 10, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite From the preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin' Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. Featuring beautifully styled shots of finished dishes and the Southern home style, as well as Kelsey Barnard Clark's tips for stocking the pantry, entertaining with ease, and keeping your house guest-ready (with or without toddlers). Readers of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, fans of Kelsey Barnard Clark and her stint on Top Chef, and any home cooks who love cooking and serving Southern food have a young family, and like to host guests will appreciate these modern homemaking tips, the approachable instruction, and the contemporary repertoire of recipes that brim with flavours of the Deep South. SOUTHERN FOOD IS PERENNIALLY POPULAR: With 100 simple recipes that cover all occasions, plus entertaining tips throughout the book, Southern Grit has a wide-ranging appeal for the broad audience of people who love Southern flavours. TOP CHEF WINNER & FAN FAVORITE: Kelsey Barnard Clark is a self-branded "spicy Joanna Gaines." Her personality and talent were showcased on Top Chef, leading her to win the title of Fan Favorite in addition to winning the season overall—only the second time in 16 seasons when that's happened. Perfect for: • Fans of TOP CHEF and Kelsey Barnard Clark • Southerners and fans of Southern cooking • Home cooks who like to host and entertain • Home cooks with young families Although I have not watched Top Chef since the days of Blais and the Voltaggios, I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I love everything southern. Kelsey is a great southern gal and her personality shows up all over this book and the pantry advice is great as I need to restock mine sometime soon as I am down to canned tomatoes and more spices than Aarti Sequera probably has in her kitchen. There are some seriously yummy food and recipes in here - said recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. What I especially love about the book is that it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods. I do draw the line at making my own cheese beyond a quickly-made mozzarella, and canning tomatoes but the more "ingredients" you use the better. My one nephew says that I never have any food in my house, only ingredients --- that is why I cook so much. I also refuse to eat or cook with Frankenfoods such as "chick'n" and its 88 ingredients vs. 🐔chicken🐔 having one and cheese that does not come from an animal is udder nonsense!) Sit back with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy this wonderful, homey book - I had copied down so many recipes, I pre-0rdered copies for myself, my one sister and a sister-in-law! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥘🥘🥘🥘🥘

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tanya E

    One thing I'm always concerned with in a Cookbook with 'Southern' anywhere in the title is "How much butter will be in these recipes?". The good news here is that there is about the normal amount of butter used for traditional home cooking recipes. So that's good. The photographs in the book are simply gorgeous!  Exactly what you would think of for a Southern Home photo shoot.  I wish my house and gardens and cooking looked just like these photos! I'm simply in love with them. I also enjoyed the wa One thing I'm always concerned with in a Cookbook with 'Southern' anywhere in the title is "How much butter will be in these recipes?". The good news here is that there is about the normal amount of butter used for traditional home cooking recipes. So that's good. The photographs in the book are simply gorgeous!  Exactly what you would think of for a Southern Home photo shoot.  I wish my house and gardens and cooking looked just like these photos! I'm simply in love with them. I also enjoyed the way this cookbook is laid out and all of the helpful hints at the beginning. Showing what different chops (small, large) look like, providing examples and explanations of cooking terms, recommendations for the best cooking tools and such.  All really helpful. Now on to the recipes. For the most part, the ingredients are mostly things that you have on hand (except maybe chicken livers-yuck!) or can easily get at the grocery store. Always a plus. The recipes are easy to read and follow and there doesn't look to be any difficult techniques that need to be mastered. The best way I can describe these recipes is that they remind me of dishes that would be served in a big ole' Southern Plantation House.  I can imagine a huge table, with lots of family around and dishes-a-plenty all throughout the table.  These are fancier type of dishes and are what I would think of as old-fashioned Southern Dishes. Nothing at all wrong with that but just not my style of cooking or eating.  But I can totally get down with the dessert section!! If fancy Southern dishes are what you like to eat, then this Cookbook should definitely be in your collection as it is simply beautiful! Thank you to #Chronicle and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Avilov

    This book, coming from Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark, is a sassy and direct guide to Southern living. This is a cookbook, with 100 recipes varying in level of difficulty for the home cook, but it also a guide to living well. To Clark, this is all about "MEP"-ing your life which means setting yourself up to succeed. She shares recipes, entertaining tips, and general home with this framework in mind. I appreciate shared wisdom around this topic, and I am certain that many women will find he This book, coming from Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark, is a sassy and direct guide to Southern living. This is a cookbook, with 100 recipes varying in level of difficulty for the home cook, but it also a guide to living well. To Clark, this is all about "MEP"-ing your life which means setting yourself up to succeed. She shares recipes, entertaining tips, and general home with this framework in mind. I appreciate shared wisdom around this topic, and I am certain that many women will find her guidance to be valuable, but I did find the tone to be a little presumptuous. The recipes stand out to me as some of the best Southern recipes I've come across in a modern cookbook. I appreciate her emphasis on traditional techniques, like canning (also known as putting up) beans and veggies to preserve through the seasons. I found these recipes to be accessible and easy-ish, but my level of comfort in the kitchen is high. I also know that Clark has had experience working in a professional pastry kitchen so I was excited to see her pastry/baking - it did not disappoint. She covered the Southern classics and there are quite a few I can't wait to try. Standout recipes include: Cornbread Panzanella Salad (with Fried Cornbread!), Po'Boys with Remoulade, Cornmeal Catfish with Green Goddess Dressing (I want to make this tonight), Golf Cart Cinnamon Rolls (the book will tell you why they are named this!), and Mrs. Rodman's Cream Cheese Pound Cake. The photography is stunning and as soon as I read that two of her essential ingredients are Duke's Mayo and Old Bayo, I was in. This book is perfect for anyone who loves Southern Food or want to learn more about Southern traditions. In my non-Southern opinion this book really covers the MVPs. .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Smith

    Southern Grit by Kelsey Barnard Clark is no mere technical manual but a recipe book with heart. Deceptively simple, each delicious recipe is accompanied by a brief story. For many of us, favorite recipes are associated with warm memories of people, places and events. This author invites us to share her memories while capturing their essence perfectly. I laughed when I read the story behind the Golf Cart Cinnamon Rolls. When was the last time that you read a recipe book an laughed out loud? The a Southern Grit by Kelsey Barnard Clark is no mere technical manual but a recipe book with heart. Deceptively simple, each delicious recipe is accompanied by a brief story. For many of us, favorite recipes are associated with warm memories of people, places and events. This author invites us to share her memories while capturing their essence perfectly. I laughed when I read the story behind the Golf Cart Cinnamon Rolls. When was the last time that you read a recipe book an laughed out loud? The author’s use of base recipes, such a seemly basic concept, is pure genius. A few of my favorites from her base recipes are the deviled eggs, muffins, and refrigerator cookies. Packed with gorgeous photos of most of the dishes, just skimming this book will make you want to run right to the pantry and refrigerator to check your ingredients and start whipping up several recipes. This author shows us that good food does not have to be complicated. This well-thumbed book will sit on my counter ready for daily use. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy and all opinions are my own.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been waiting for the release of this cookbook. I have been a fan of Kelsey Bernard Clark since the season 16 finale of Top Chef and coming from Alabama, I knew she was full of flavor and all of her dishes looked and sounded delicious and I could not wait to try some of them. I found it interesting that the first recipe she started the This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have been waiting for the release of this cookbook. I have been a fan of Kelsey Bernard Clark since the season 16 finale of Top Chef and coming from Alabama, I knew she was full of flavor and all of her dishes looked and sounded delicious and I could not wait to try some of them. I found it interesting that the first recipe she started the book off with was boiled peanuts because I remember in the finale that she and the other finalist Sara (who happened to be her best friend on the show) wanted to do boiled peanuts and Kelsey happened to beat her to the punch and obviously they were delicious enough that it won her the title of Top Chef. I also can't wait to make her Savannah Peach Sangria, her biscuits and definitely her icebox cookies. I will definitely have this cookbook as a potential candidate for a future cooking demo. We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    If you had to describe this book it would be upscale southern cooking. You will find many of your favorite ingredients like okra and lima beans but they are presented in a more modern upscale way. This is not your grandmother's southern cooking. That is not a bad thing either. There is plenty of room for both. For those of you not all that familiar with southern cooking there is a directory of what you need for a well stocked southern pantry. It can't go wrong when the first ingredient listed is If you had to describe this book it would be upscale southern cooking. You will find many of your favorite ingredients like okra and lima beans but they are presented in a more modern upscale way. This is not your grandmother's southern cooking. That is not a bad thing either. There is plenty of room for both. For those of you not all that familiar with southern cooking there is a directory of what you need for a well stocked southern pantry. It can't go wrong when the first ingredient listed is bacon! One of my favorite additions is the knife skills section that actually shows you what a vegetable should look like when a recipe calls for it to be cut a particular way. Whether that is minced, chopped or brunoise (which I didn't know that that was before). For you non-southerners she will tell you how to clean, season and use a good cast iron skillet which is the backbone of a good southern kitchen. The recipes are great for weeknight meals or for a fancy get together with friends. You won't be disappointed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Ogden

    I loved the cover and description of this cookbook. I was hoping to find recipes similar to ones my grandmother made, like her crabapple and hot pepper jelly. Sho 'nough there is a jalepeno jelly and some wonderful buttermilk biscuits to put it on. I had never heard of Kelsey Barnard Clark. She is a professionally trained chef, winner of Top Chef, owner of a restaurant and mother of two little ones. In addition to amazing southern recipes she shares tips for entertaining, keeping house with litt I loved the cover and description of this cookbook. I was hoping to find recipes similar to ones my grandmother made, like her crabapple and hot pepper jelly. Sho 'nough there is a jalepeno jelly and some wonderful buttermilk biscuits to put it on. I had never heard of Kelsey Barnard Clark. She is a professionally trained chef, winner of Top Chef, owner of a restaurant and mother of two little ones. In addition to amazing southern recipes she shares tips for entertaining, keeping house with little ones and notes on canning. The photography is beautiful and the layout is clean and easy to scan while cooking. Small sidenotes warn of possible pitfalls or hold nuggets of wisdom that mean each recipe will turn out perfect. A beautiful book to display or gift but you will likely keep it in the kitchen and work your way through every recipe. I can't wait to make the Smoked Gouda Grits with Redeye Gravy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    The cookbook provides a variety of recipes. I am looking forward to some of the breakfast selections for sure. There are many southern staples and some hints/tricks for canning. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin' Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. There are 100 rec The cookbook provides a variety of recipes. I am looking forward to some of the breakfast selections for sure. There are many southern staples and some hints/tricks for canning. In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin' Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. There are 100 recipes in all. Just a few of these are Alabama Salad with Cucumber Skin Green Goddess Dressing; Smoke Gouda Grits with Redeye Gravy; Girl Boss Steak with Confit Onions and Mushrooms; and Beeb’s Blackberry Cobbler. The photographs in the book are simply gorgeous! Exactly what you would think of for a Southern Home photo shoot. If you are looking for some southern cooking you could give this one a try. Thank you to #Chronicle and #NetGalley for making this book available for review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth SHULAM

    Thank you Chronicle books and Netgalley for the ARC to read and review. Southern Grit excited me enough to request. I echo the sentiments of two other reviewers that the content of the first part of the book makes the author/chef seem pretentious and what we Southerners call “uppity”. I think this book would be better if it just dived into the food. Many of these recipes are a bit high end. But we have staple Southern dishes: Pimento Cheese, Fried Catfish and Chicken, Squash Casserole, and Butter Thank you Chronicle books and Netgalley for the ARC to read and review. Southern Grit excited me enough to request. I echo the sentiments of two other reviewers that the content of the first part of the book makes the author/chef seem pretentious and what we Southerners call “uppity”. I think this book would be better if it just dived into the food. Many of these recipes are a bit high end. But we have staple Southern dishes: Pimento Cheese, Fried Catfish and Chicken, Squash Casserole, and Buttermilk Biscuits that legitimize the author. Overall, I would probably to attempt more than a quarter of these dishes as they are somewhat complicated and ingredient specifications could be hard to obtain. The photography is well done, but who walks through a chicken coop to gather eggs in a print dress and seersucker?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Opal Edgar

    This cookbook has a real attitude, is fun and none apologetically classic in its Southern cooking style. I am not too familiar with it, but I can totally see those recipes on proud tables 100 years ago: dirty rice with liver, gumbo and cornmeal catfish. It starts very nicely with a whole range of cocktails, then goes the traditional salad starter, seafood, poultry.... like in old cookbooks. There is something very comfy and personal about this book. The photos are all in lovely settings and ther This cookbook has a real attitude, is fun and none apologetically classic in its Southern cooking style. I am not too familiar with it, but I can totally see those recipes on proud tables 100 years ago: dirty rice with liver, gumbo and cornmeal catfish. It starts very nicely with a whole range of cocktails, then goes the traditional salad starter, seafood, poultry.... like in old cookbooks. There is something very comfy and personal about this book. The photos are all in lovely settings and there is great cajun flavours and French traditional cooking touches here and there like in the salt crusted whole fish recipe. I don't know if there will be much of anything new in there for most people, but it was a surprising read because of the so very specific tone.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I received Southern Grit as part of a NetGalley giveaway. Southern Grit features both traditional and updated Southern classics designed for newcomers to the cuisine. The recipes seem delicious, hearty, and reasonably accessible (though I think some of the ingredients could be difficult to find if you're not in the south), and the food photography is lovely. Unsurprisingly, it's very meat-heavy--this isn't the cookbook for vegetarians. I could have done with less of the "lifestyle" stuff at the b I received Southern Grit as part of a NetGalley giveaway. Southern Grit features both traditional and updated Southern classics designed for newcomers to the cuisine. The recipes seem delicious, hearty, and reasonably accessible (though I think some of the ingredients could be difficult to find if you're not in the south), and the food photography is lovely. Unsurprisingly, it's very meat-heavy--this isn't the cookbook for vegetarians. I could have done with less of the "lifestyle" stuff at the beginning about entertaining and cleaning tips, as it doesn't seem relevant to the theme of the cookbook and feels a bit preachy (even if this brown thumb could keep a snake plant alive, they're toxic to my pets, so...no).

  18. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This beautifully illustrated cookbook may well leave readers feeling hungry. It is divided into sections including Happy Hour Bites & Sips; Greens; Potatoes, Grains & Pasta; Seafood; Eggs & Poultry; Pork & Beef; and Breads & Pastries, so…pretty much everything. There are 100 recipes in all. Just a few of these are Alabama Salad with Cucumber Skin Green Goddess Dressing; Smoke Gouda Grits with Redeye Gravy; Girl Boss Steak with Confit Onions and Mushrooms; and Beeb’s Blackberry Cobbler. Sound goo This beautifully illustrated cookbook may well leave readers feeling hungry. It is divided into sections including Happy Hour Bites & Sips; Greens; Potatoes, Grains & Pasta; Seafood; Eggs & Poultry; Pork & Beef; and Breads & Pastries, so…pretty much everything. There are 100 recipes in all. Just a few of these are Alabama Salad with Cucumber Skin Green Goddess Dressing; Smoke Gouda Grits with Redeye Gravy; Girl Boss Steak with Confit Onions and Mushrooms; and Beeb’s Blackberry Cobbler. Sound good? Give this one a look and get cooking. Note that this book includes sections on everything from stocking the pantry to knife skills in addition to the recipes. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own. Share this:

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This cookbook offers classic Southern recipes with a fresh twist. I am a Southerner, born and bred, and several of these recipes, especially the baked cheese grits, red velvet cake, and black eyed peas made me want to lick the screen of my iPad. I would absolutely buy this cookbook for my collection. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the e-arc I received in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really like how this cookbook is divided up, and I really enjoyed the "Knife Skills" section that shows what each cut, dice, etc. should look like. I also really enjoyed the "Canning 101" section because there were some really good tips and tricks in there. I do wish that every recipe had a picture, but there are some really good recipes in here that I am going to try out. I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really like how this cookbook is divided up, and I really enjoyed the "Knife Skills" section that shows what each cut, dice, etc. should look like. I also really enjoyed the "Canning 101" section because there were some really good tips and tricks in there. I do wish that every recipe had a picture, but there are some really good recipes in here that I am going to try out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I love cookbooks and this one delivered. If you are like me, you were introduced to Kelsey on Top Chef. So many of these recipes were hits at home including: Bomb Nachos, Bee's Fried Chicken, Cast Iron BBQ Chicken Legs,and Key Lime Pie. There is something for everyone in here. Thank you to the publisher and author for sending me an E-Arc on Netgalley. I love cookbooks and this one delivered. If you are like me, you were introduced to Kelsey on Top Chef. So many of these recipes were hits at home including: Bomb Nachos, Bee's Fried Chicken, Cast Iron BBQ Chicken Legs,and Key Lime Pie. There is something for everyone in here. Thank you to the publisher and author for sending me an E-Arc on Netgalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joni Owens

    I love cookbooks. I own a lot of them. This one? It’s a must have for anyone that wants to make a real Southern meal. I’m southern and these recipes are the real deal! You will not grow wrong with these recipes for a down home delicious meal. (Oh and there’s desserts too bc it wouldn’t be truly southern without dessert)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is the Southernmost cookbook I've seen in a long time. So many great recipes. Group well together and very easy to make. I want all the food photographed in the book. It looks so good! I can't wait to try the Deviled Eggs additions among a slew of other recipes. This is the Southernmost cookbook I've seen in a long time. So many great recipes. Group well together and very easy to make. I want all the food photographed in the book. It looks so good! I can't wait to try the Deviled Eggs additions among a slew of other recipes.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. Beautiful pictures, great stories, yummy recipes!

  25. 5 out of 5

    HollyLovesBooks

    Excellent presentation and recipes here for anyone interested in Southern cooking and atmosphere. Loved this! More to come closer to release time. Thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the eARC. I can’t wait to see the final copy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Book Spot

    It's a nice cookbook with southern recipes. There are some recipes that I would make at home but most of them I wouldn't make everyday. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review It's a nice cookbook with southern recipes. There are some recipes that I would make at home but most of them I wouldn't make everyday. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    This Feral Housewife

    This book is beautiful! The pictures are flawless and the recipes look amazing. I will definitely be trying a few out on my cooking blog.

  28. 4 out of 5

    S Tondra

    Mouth watering southern comfort. There are beautiful pictures to go along with the recipes. Usually in cookbook I find may 3 or 4 recipes I want to try and think my family will love but this one has more than most that make me want to spend time in my kitchen.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Clark

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

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