Southern from Scratch: Pantry Essentials and Down-Home Recipes

Roost. Apr. 2018. 256p. photos. index. ISBN 9781611803310. $35. COOKING
English (A Year of Picnics) demonstrates building a Southern pantry filled with scratch-made staples such as chow chow, tomato jam, dried apples, and potato chips. Serving suggestions are provided—for instance, the author recommends adding the chile sauce to homemade Thousand Island dressing—and incorporated into substantial recipes for snacks, meals, and desserts (e.g., mac & cheese with potato chip crust, pork tenderloin with cherry & dried fruit compote). Novices will sail through straightforward instructions for canning and fermenting but may falter when asked to make a roux or procure a small aspic cutter.
VERDICT Pair English's attractive new collection with comparable or contrasting pantry titles such as Jennifer Chandler's The Southern Pantry Cookbook or Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry.
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