Edible North Carolina Cookbook Review

Edible North Carolina Cookbook Review

Title: Edible North Carolina: A Journey across a State of Flavor Hardcover
Author: Marcie Cohen Ferris and KC Hysmith
Published: May 3, 2022, University of North Carolina Press
No. of Pages: 296
Cover Price: $35.00 Hardcover, $20.99 Kindle

Love Southern food? Some of the best can be found in North Carolina. And the best way to learn about it and to cook a few Iconic North Carolina dishes is presented in Edible North Carolina: A Journey across a State of Flavor by Marcie Cohen Ferris and KC Hysmith.

Although it appears to be a cookbook, it is actually a book of essays from foodies throughout the state of North Carolina. Not all of the recipes are southern; rather there are Asian dishes and other world flavors. There are actually very few recipes; just one for each essay. While the essays are interesting and well-written, most of us would rather have lots of recipes to choose from instead of this book, which seems like a college textbook on the state.

The recipes that are included are appealing, and are written in the traditional form so they are fairly easy to follow. There just aren’t enough of them. The book does include beautiful photographs, both of the dishes, scenery from North Carolina, and of those who have written the essays. It is a fun book to read, but not really a book to add to a much-used recipe collection. Those who really want to get a feeling for North Carolina will find this book interesting; those who want recipes from North Carolina will find it lacking.

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

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