Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters

Univ. of North Carolina. Sept. 2019. 192p. photos. maps. ISBN 9781469649450. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781469649467. COOKING
North Carolina’s pottery is famous, and so is its cooking. Here is a book that celebrates both. Anderson (Crisps, Cobblers, Custards & Creams) collaborates with 24 area potters to present 76 recipes, most of which make good use of traditional casseroles, pie plates, crocks, and more. Dishes have been tested and tweaked by Anderson and span the traditional, such as pimento cheese pinwheels and Jugtown pepper pie, to the more unexpected, including kimchi deviled eggs and steamed green tea and rose cake with sesame whipped cream. The introduction provides a solid primer on pottery terms and tips for cooking with traditional clay vessels. Other extras include a list of sources for harder-to-find ingredients (though Anderson does give substitutions when needed) and profiles and addresses for each potter.
VERDICT Anyone who has bought a beautiful hand-thrown vessel at an art fair and then wondered what to do with it will appreciate this attractive book, as will home cooks and fans of ceramics in general.

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