Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

9 New Cookbooks Prove Southern Cooking Never Goes out of Style

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

9 New Cookbooks Prove Southern Cooking Never Goes out of Style

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If the season's slate of cookbook releases is any indicator, it's safe to say the national appetite for all things Southern remains robust. From celebrity chefs to hole-in-the-wall bakeries and country stars to cowboys, many tasty topics are on the table. If your bookshelf is in need of a flavorful facelift, consider any of the following titles.

'12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook,' by Bryan and Angela King, Shane Heavner and Mackensy Lunsford; Voyageur Press; $25. Available April 1.

This Asheville-based barbecue joint's list of fans goes straight to the top, with President Barack Obama paying the shop several visits during his tenure. Turn to this title if you're looking for an updated attitude toward old-fashioned tastes.

'Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love: More than 100 Recipes and Make-It-Yourself Projects to Try and Share,' by Cheryl and Griffith Day; Artisan; $25. Available March 17.

This follow-up to the Day family's best-selling debut cookbook buys access to even more secrets from their bakery in Savannah, Georgia. In addition to the shop's popular roster of desserts, look for a long list of savory selections.

'Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto,' by Aaron Franklin and Jordan MacKay; Ten Speed Press; $30. Available April 7.

Barbecue is big this year, and this Austin, Texas-based bastion has become one of the hottest spots in the country. In addition to the requisite recipes for ribs, this treatise on pit mastery delves into smoker design and wood selection.

'Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly's Kitchen,' by Kimberly Schlapman and Martha Foose; William Morrow Cookbooks; $30. Available April 14.

Country music superstar and television host Schlapman shares recipes from her Appalachian upbringing in Georgia as well as new discoveries encountered while touring with her band, Little Big Town. Schlapman specializes in simplified, updated spins on Southern staples, using fresh, healthy ingredients.

'Made in America: A Modern Collection of Classic Recipes,' by Megan and Colby Garrelts; Andrews McMeel Publishing; $22. Available April 14.

All right, so maybe Kansas City isn't technically the South, but this Midwestern couple dives into classic cookery that could make anyone whistle Dixie. …

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