Kiln to Kitchen Cookbook Review

Kiln to Kitchen Cookbook Review

Title: Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters
Author: Jean Anderson
Published: September 9, 2019, The University of North Carolina Press
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $28.00 Hardcover, $21.99 Kindle

It may surprise you to lean that Potters from North Carolina are not only artists, but they can also cook. Kiln to Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Beloved North Carolina Potters, by Jean Anderson includes luscious dishes from dozens of potters in the area. These dishes are not only delicious, but served in beautiful pots that are handmade by the potters themselves.

The cookbook is set up by a chapter on each featured potter, and then includes recipes from each. The recipes are unique and varied, so there is something for every taste. Most of the recipes are fairly simple, and all have easy-to-follow instructions. Beautiful photographs are also featured, and the dishes are pictured in handmade pottery, making readers and cooks ready to go on a shopping spree for beautiful pottery. Unfortunately, all of the dishes aren’t photographed, so some guessing as to what the dishes look like is necessary. There are several of the recipes that are especially noteworthy such as Bobotie from Hewitt Pottery. This not-so-well-known curried meat casserole from South Africa (considered by some to be the National dish) has a custard topping that takes it from plain to ethereal, and is fabulous. Another is Mary’s Shrimp Casserole with Pimento Cheese Pinwheels (Yum!), as well as Danny’s Zucchini Bake and Aunt Dotti’s Crab Meat au Gratin.

This fun cookbook also includes dozens of desserts – mostly southern, so you know they are great. New Salem Peach and Blueberry Cobbler, Hal's Gingerbread, Coconut Pecan Pie, and Hickory Hill Pound Cake to name a few.

Although Kiln to Kitchen is very much like a church or community cookbook, since the recipes are gathered from non-professional cooks, the recipes turn out picture-perfect, and those tried so far have been great. This is a nice cookbook to own and will make a nice addition to anyone’s cookbook shelf.

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

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