From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother.Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory -- many of them pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother'...
|Title||:||The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table|
|Format Type||:||Audio CD|
|Number of Pages||:||492 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table Reviews
This is truly a wonderful read but I'm putting it back on the shelf for now. I'm distracted by too many other books at the moment. I may visit this one again in the fall or winter.
OMG! I loved this book! From Rick Bragg's engaging and amazingly readable prose to his family's endearing, funny, and (sometimes) shocking stories to the wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try, this is a great book. Part memoir, part homage to his mother, this is a great addition to Bragg's story that began with All Over but the Shoutin'. His dysfunctional family has produced an amazing writer. Read this book AND try the recipes!
Thank you, NetGalley, for letting me read this book!
Finished this with some difficulty because it was too long. I'd recommend that it be read over a short period of time. If it would have been 200 pages shorter it would have had more power. That being said it was an interesting read mixing family stories and simple classic southern recipes.
Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this early.
This was the first Rick Bragg book I've read. And I can't wait to read more. Loved the inside look into this family by memories and recipes. Loved all the recipes, because I know they are family, shared over the years, just like some of my favorite recipes.
Storytelling at its greatest. Each chapter limns the hardscrabble lives of his kin in Alabama through love and food with stories and recipes. A chapter or two each night was a perfect cap to my day. For lovers of Southern writing and Southern food.
I lightly read this book and gave it four stars then ordered the audio. I finished listening yesterday just before arriving at a yearly camping trip at Gold Lake, CA. My friend met me at my car and I said I just finished the best book then burst into tears and then I said "it's a cook book" at which point we both laughed. I cannot remember ever being so moved by a cook book; I laughed and cried. So far I have made the creamed onions, slaw and short ribs and will make them all again.
I really enjoyed the first part of this, about Momma and down home Southern cooking in the good old days, but it did go on way too long, and I felt bad that I started to get tired of it. A little bit of people named Jimmy Jim goes a long way. Edit out about half of the stories and you would have a fun, snappy little book. A lot of the recipes are guessed at or approximated, because Momma never even owned a measuring cup, but they are interesting to read. And I suppose an experienced cook doesn't ...more
This started off promisingly, with fascinating stories about the author's family and life in the South, as well as mouth-watering recipes (butter rolls, buttermilk pie, real biscuits, deviled eggs). Unfortunately, it could have used some editing and tightening up as it dragged on a bit.