Southern Snacks Cookbook Review

Southern Snacks Cookbook Review

Title: Southern Snacks: 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors
Author: Perre Coleman Magness
Published: September 10, 2018, University of North Carolina Press
No. of Pages: 184
Cover Price: $30.00 Hardcover, $19.45 Kindle

Something about southern cooking appeals to almost everyone no matter where in the country they live. When we think of southern food, most of us think of the fat-laden comfort foods like fried chicken or shrimp and grits, but southerners offer appetizers that are just as appealing. Perre Coleman Magness, a veteran cookbook author who specializes in southern food, has outdone herself with her cookbook Southern Snacks: 77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors. This delightful cookbook is loaded with recipes that will make even the most amateur cook a star at her own party. Just the dips alone at the beginning of the cookbook are reason enough to purchase this cookbook. Magness includes decadent hot dips such as Hot Vidalia Onion Dip (delicious), Mississippi Sin, and Creamy Collard Dip, Pimento Cheese Style, as well as cold dips like the iconic Benedictine, a Kentucky staple, and must-serve dip or spread for fancy sandwiches on Derby Day. Another fabulous and addicting dip is Carolina Caviar.

The great snacks don’t end there, however, there are recipes for Fried Grits with Tomato- Bacon Jam, Crab Cake Bites with Artichoke Tartar Sauce, and Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Biscuits and Green Onion Butter. Magness has even included a take on the famous Kentucky Hot Brown.

There are photographs of most of the recipes, and the instructions are easy to follow. Most importantly, the recipes turn out picture-perfect. This is one of those cookbooks that belongs on the shelf of anyone who entertains, since it has both quick and easy snacks, and some that are more involved for fancier parties. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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