This post was written before I had to give up wheat and gluten (health reasons). This book is exceptional for those who do not have to avoid wheat but, for those of us who do, this is not the book for us. It is such a gorgeous book and the recipes are so phenomenal, I only wish the authors WOULD write a gluten-free Southern Biscuits cookbook!
Okay, look out. You know how I get when I’m all worked up about one of my culinary obsession:
Recently, I received a copy of a gorgeous new cookbook to review. It’s Southern Biscuits, by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart and it is just perfection.
This beautiful, hardback 211 page cookbook quickly became a favorite in this southern kitchen and it will become a favorite in your kitchen as well, whether it’s a southern, northern, eastern, or western kitchen. Great cookbooks are like that – they’re insanely popular all around the world because of one universal truth: We all love outstanding food. We love making it, we love serving it, and we love eating it.
The first recipe I tried was Chicken and Drop Dumplings (page 153). I was beyond thrilled with the delicious outcome. It tastes exactly like you’d expect chicken and dumplings to taste if they were served in a great southern cook’s kitchen. My mouth’s watering just thinking about them.
Other recipes in Southern Biscuits include:
- Black Pepper Biscuits
- Pimento Cheese Biscuits
- “Fast Food Biscuits”
- “Big Nasty Biscuits”
- Easy Refrigerator Strawberry Jam
- Chocolate Gravy
- Biscuit Fried Pies
- Berry-Biscuit Summer Pudding
- Breaded Tomatoes
- Rainy-day Beef Stew and Thyme Dumplings
- Peach Coffee Cake
- And many, many more that’ll make you the talk of town!
In addition to beautiful photographs and outstanding recipes, you’ll find pages dedicated entirely to creating the perfect biscuit. The authors explain what makes a “Southern Biscuit” extraordinary and give you a complete education in Biscuit Basics. Pages 12 through 31 are devoted to showing the reader, step by step how to make sure your biscuits are the most beautiful, fluffy, and delicious biscuits to ever hit a table. You’ll learn about the different ingredients and how each one is vital to great biscuits. You’ll learn the mysteries surrounding perfect kneading, shaping, cutting, folding, and dropping.
No matter how long you’ve been baking, I guarantee that’ll learn something new. And, in the kitchen as much as anywhere else, knowledge is sweet power!
Naturally, the stars of the show, however, are the many wonderful recipes in Southern Biscuits.
They’ll blow your mind.
One more thing, I started not to include this last paragraph – because it sounds kind of sales-y. As I “wrote” the words in my head, I thought, “You sound like you’re pitching something on television!” That’s not what I’m about – besides, I’d be horrible at selling anything. My skills lie in the buying aspect of any transaction… just ask my husband. However, if I were looking for a new cookbook to buy (something that I’m often doing, since I collect them!), this is information I’d want someone to give ME, so I’m giving it to YOU. I’m very, very, very familiar with cookbooks (to the tune of hundreds in my collection familiar) and I can tell you that this is a high quality cookbook. When I opened the package and looked through the cookbook, I turned to the inside cover to see the “retail” price. When I saw $21.99, I was honestly surprised. I’ve seen books half this impressive priced upwards of $30.00.
However, the look of surprise on my face THEN was nothing compared to what I saw when I went to Amazon to see what it would cost. (You see, when I’m reviewing products or telling you about things I love, I look for the best price for you – I’ve got your back!) Southern Biscuits, by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart is available on Amazon for $14.95!!! Believe me, that’s an unreal price for this beautiful cookbook.
The cookbook will be available on May 7, but you can order it now. Again, at the risk of sounding like a tv salesperson, if I were you I’d grab a copy right now. You’ll love it as much as I do.