The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery
by Edited by T. J. Smith
Pub Date 16 Sep 2019
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Revised Edition, with a new foreword by Sean Brock.
From springhouse to smokehouse, from hearth to garden, Southern Appalachian foodways are celebrated afresh in this newly revised edition of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. First published in 1984—one of the wildly popular Foxfire books drawn from a wealth of material gathered by Foxfire students in Rabun Gap, Georgia—the volume combines hundreds of unpretentious, delectable recipes with the practical knowledge, wisdom, and riveting stories of those who have cooked this way for generations. A tremendous resource for all interested in the region’s culinary culture, it is now reimagined with today’s heightened interest in cultural-specific cooking and food-lovers culture in mind. This edition features new documentation, photographs, and recipes drawn from Foxfire’s extensive archives while maintaining all the reminiscences and sharp humor of the amazing people originally interviewed.
Appalachian-born chef Sean Brock contributes a passionate foreword to this edition, witnessing to the book’s spellbinding influence on him and its continued relevance. T. J. Smith, editor of the revised edition, provides a fascinating perspective on the book’s original creation and this revision. They invite you to join Foxfire for the first time or once again for a journey into the delicious world of wild foods, traditional favorites, and tastes found only in Southern Appalachia.
T. J. Smith, executive director of The Foxfire Fund, Inc., holds a Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Louisiana–Lafayette. Sean Brock, founder of Husk restaurant in Charleston, will be opening a new restaurant dedicated to Appalachian cooking—Audrey, in Nashville. He is featured in Chef’s Table on Netflix.
“People who have been following the back-to-the-land food trends that have resurfaced in the past decade might find some of the recipes in [The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery] familiar and focused around a simple, self-sufficient way of life. There are instructions for making bread in a Dutch oven (specifically over coals in the fireplace.) For pork, the authors note that Appalachians ‘stand by their belief that virtually no part of the hog should be thrown away,’ and its recipes for homemade scrapple, hog's head, jowl or sausage wouldn't be out of place on a certain kind of Brooklyn menu. . . . Although foraging and using imperfect vegetables and local food are popular concepts today, they've been a way of life for generations in many cultures. Making charcuterie in-house has become a selling point for restaurants; Foxfire was one of the few books to describe how to make sausage from scratch.”--The Salt, NPR Books
“If you’re interested in real American cooking (not the media-hyped trend), spend time with the people in this wonderful book.”--Cuisine