Northern Soul Cookbook Review

Northern Soul Cookbook Review

Title: Northern Soul: Southern-Inspired Home Cooking from a Northern Kitchen
Author: Justin Sutherland
Published: September 20, 2022, Harvard Common Press
No. of Pages: 208
Cover Price: $30.00, $18.49 Kindle

Just because you’re not from the south, doesn’t mean you can’t become an expert in southern cooking. Justin Sutherland, a well-known and celebrated chef and restaurateur, was born and raised in Minneapolis, and teaches us that southern cooking can be done well no matter where you live in his beautiful cookbook, Northern Soul: Southern-Inspired Home Cooking from a Northern Kitchen. Southerland learned his cooking skills from his mother and grandmother, and he has filled this excellent cookbook with mouthwatering and appealing recipes that everyone who loves southern food will want to prepare.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with the ingredients first, followed by step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. There are notes and vignettes at the top of the recipes, which make them more personal. There are also beautiful, professional photographs of most of the recipes which makes it difficult to decide which to make next. The cookbook includes a variety of recipes that will appeal to almost everyone. Many are simple, so both beginning and advanced cooks can produce picture perfect dishes easily.

This cookbook includes recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. You’ll definitely want to try the Pimento Cheese Shrimp and Grits (delicious), Hush Puppies and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. The longer you peruse the book, the longer your queue of “must make soon” dishes will become. This one is a good one and belongs on every cookbook shelf.

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

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