Southern Inspired

More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours

This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Send NetGalley books directly to your Kindle or Kindle app

To read on a Kindle or Kindle app, please add as an approved email address to receive files in your Amazon account. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Also find your Kindle email address within your Amazon account, and enter it here.
Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 07 Nov 2022

Talking about this book? Use #SouthernInspired #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables around the world—from the host of CLEO TV’s New Soul Kitchen

After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along on his culinary journey to chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey—retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair. 

This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks. You’ll find dishes for busy weekdays, backyard barbecues, slow-paced dinner parties, indulgent brunches, and holiday feasts, including:  

  •  Blackened Catfish with Smoked Gouda Grits
  •  Southern Sweet Tea–Brined Fried Chicken
  •  Creamy Collard Green Dip and Crostini
  •  Over-the-Top Lime BBQ Shrimp Tacos
  •  One-Pot Caribbean Vegetable Noodles
  •  Fried Green Tomatillos
  •  Chicken Cheeseburger Egg Rolls 
  •  Georgia Peach Hot Chicken Sandwich
  •  Cranberry-Whiskey Glazed Pork Ribs
  •  Granny Gwen’s Banana Pudding
  •  Mason Jar Raspberry Chocolate Trifles

 Accompanied by beautiful color photography, Southern Inspired showcases Jernard’s American food: fresh, personal recipes packed with traditions and heartwarming family stories from an African American chef's perspective.
Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables around the world—from the host...

Available Editions

EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781637741504
PRICE $26.95 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (PDF)
Send to Kindle (PDF)
Download (PDF)

Average rating from 22 members

Featured Reviews

5 stars

I come from the west coast and have always wanted to try authentic southern food. I’m not sure that I’ll be able to pull it off all the way but this book is certainly a good starting point. A lot of the recipes are more complex than what I’m used to, but I can see myself cooking at least a couple a month. Every single one looks delicious so it’s hard to decide where to start. The pictures are beautiful and all the stories in the beginning and in between add a nice touch.

We tried Lolipop drumsticks with whiskey chipotle sauce, and holy cow, they were amazing.

I highly recommend this book to literally everyone. I dont think you’ll regret it!

Was this review helpful?

My husband took a look at this when he saw what I was reading and listed a few things he wanted to try. The top one we agreed on as being our first is teh Blackened Catfish with Smoked Gouda. We went straight out and got what we needed and WOW was it fabulous! Hubby loves catfish and I’m not a big fan of either fish or grits, but this may have converted me, at least for this recipe!

We can’t wait to try more and the Georgia Peach Hot Chicken Sandwiches are on tap for this weekend, with the Cranberry Whiskey Glazed Pork Ribs waiting in the wings. Love, Love, LOVE chef Wells’ recipes and style. This is a can’t miss cookbook for the home chef!!

Was this review helpful?

I've loved the Chef of Love from the moment I saw him on Cutthroat Kitchen. Excited to be able to get an ARC of his Cookbook, Southern Inspired.

There is a lot of great recipes in here. The BBQ lasagna sounds really interesting and something I'll have to try. Love the chapters in here, too. Home cooking, sides, backyard BBQ, one pot meals, veggies, wings and things, desserts, and even Holiday. Can't wait to make some of these delicious sounding recipes.

Was this review helpful?

Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours
Jernard A. Wells
If you are a fan of the Food Network & Cooking Channel you have probably heard of Jernard A Wells; he is the host of “New Soul Kitchen” and “New soul Kitchen Remix” as well as contributing to several other shows. “He has deemed himself “The Chef of Love.” He believes food and love go hand in hand.” He has authored several books including: 88 Ways to Her Heart, Southern Modified, Road Map, The Weight of Expectations, Breakthrough, and Weight of Expectations 2.” His latest book is Southern Inspired.
I went through this book carefully selecting some recipes to try, the first one I chose was BBQ Lasagna. In place of your traditional lasagna sauce, you use 3 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce. It was very good but not as good Momma’s Chicken Pot Pie; it has a bit of a kick to it. There is a recipe for a very different fried chicken, Southern Sweet Tea-Brined Fried Chicken. The sweet tea adds a different flavor and juiciness.
Many of the recipes in this book are some form of seafood. Chef Jernard’s Crackin’ Seafood Boil. If you love seafood and we do you will find this recipe out of this world. It is a combination of spices, new potatoes, corn on the cobb, sausage, crawfish, shrimp, and snow crabs. OMG! It is delicious! Jernard’s General Tso’s Chicken is totally awesome.
There are several recipes for side dishes including brussels sprouts and garlicy mashed potatoes. There are plenty of finger foods such as Red, White and Blue BBQ Nachos, and Nashville Hot Chicken Tacos. The East Asian-Inspired Tacos are delicious. If Cheeseburgers are your thing be sure to try The Big Juicy Smoked Gouda Cheeseburger.
This is a great cookbook! I will be using it frequently.

Was this review helpful?

Such a fantastic variety of recipes made with love and attention. Best book on southern inspired I have ever read!

Was this review helpful?

I remember Jernard from Food Network, and I was interested to check out this cookbook. The recipes in here are a nice combo of traditions from his family and Southern spins. He tells lots of family stories, and there are color photos for most of the dishes.
Recipe chapters are Bringing It Home, The Main Event, Nothing But Bites (apps), Just Hands (sandwiches), "Let It Go" One-Pot Meals, Jernard's Bangin' Backyard BBQ, Veggies for Life, On the Side, Wings and Things, Brunch, Desserts to Diet For, Sippin', and Holiday. Given that there are so many chapters, some of them are short.

Was this review helpful?

Fantastic new cookbook from the Chef of Love!

I've enjoyed watching Jernard's food shows since I saw him on Food Network a few years back, so I was excited to get to check out this new cookbook. And it wasn't disappointing! The stories are so heartfelt, and you'll feel like you were in the kitchen dancing with them, too. I wish all the recipes had photos, but the ones that did are amazingly put together. The recipes are easy to follow, not too many ingredients I'm not familiar with, and written in great details.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.

Was this review helpful?

I swear this book made me drool…. Southern inspired was an absolutely inspiring cookbook flooded with some amazing Southern Styled recipes. What I wouldn’t give to eat Thanksgiving with this family. So many recipes bookmarked to try. The first one will definitely be the meatloaf!
Tons of recipes and dedications to his family in this fun collection of southern food. Southern food lovers will definitely want a copy!

I received a complimentary copy to peruse and offered this opinion voluntarily.

Was this review helpful?

I have really been on a cooking kick recently and trying to make meals for my family that feel cozy. Jernard really made this easy. I loved the recipes and pictures!

Was this review helpful?

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Southern Inspired is a cookbook everyone that wants to enjoy authentically inspired food that is rich in flavor and that will remind cooks of their culture. I enjoyed the recipes , the layout of the recipes and how the author presented the recipes . I recommend this cookbook to beginner cooks, esteemed cooks and everyone that loves a good meal.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: