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In Pursuit of Flavor : The Virginia Bookshelf - Edna Lewis

In Pursuit of Flavor

The Virginia Bookshelf

Paperback Published: 3rd April 2000
ISBN: 9780813919898
Number Of Pages: 333
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Perhaps no other cook has played such a central role in the renaissance of traditional southern cooking as Edna Lewis. When asked who has influenced them most, chefs from New York to Little Washington to Charleston cite Ms. Lewis and her classic collection of recipes, In Pursuit of Flavor, first published in 1988.

Edna Lewis learned to cook by watching her mother prepare food in their kitchen in a small farming community in Virginia. Because she was raised at a time when the vegetables came from the garden, fruit from the orchard, pickles, relishes, chutney, and jellies from quick canning, and meat from the smokehouse, Edna Lewis knows how food should taste. Every recipe included in her cookbook, both old friends and new discoveries, reflects her memory of and continuing search for good flavor.

In chapters devoted to fruits and vegetables, meat and fowl, fish, herbs and spices, bread, and other baked goods, Ms. Lewis shares her secrets for getting the best out of food: combining tomatoes with cymling squash, pumpkins with onion and bacon, cooking sweet potatoes with lemon, and boiling corn in its husk. She always keeps a bit of country ham around to perk up greens, cooks fish fillets or chicken breasts in parchment, and braises meat in a clay pot to keep it moist. Her baking recipes, for the griddle and the oven, include tips on the right flour to use, how to make your own baking powder (to avoid the chemical taste), how to listen for signs that a cake is done, and when to use frozen butter in a pie crust and when to use pure leaf lard.

In Pursuit of Flavor brings generations of cooking wisdom to today's kitchen.

Industry Reviews

As the voice of one of the first communities of freed African Americans, Edna Lewis captures the elegance of palate of Virginia with both aplomb and grace. Her recipes reflect a genuine knowledge of, and passion for, the region; their subtleties of flavor are indicative of the sure hand of an accomplished cook. Simple directions, and deeply rooted ingredients and techniques power this important voice of the twentieth-century south, and hence, the country.

--John Martin Taylor, author of Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking As the voice of one of the first communities of freed African Americans, Edna Lewis captures the elegance of palate of Virginia with both aplomb and grace. Her recipes reflect a genuine knowledge of, and passion for, the region; their subtleties of flavor are indicative of the sure hand of an accomplished cook. Simple directions, and deeply rooted ingredients and techniques power this important voice of the twentieth-century south, and hence, the country.--John Martin Taylor, author of "Hoppin' John's Lowcountry Cooking"

Introductionp. vii
From the Gardens and Orchardsp. 3
From the Farmyardp. 63
From the Lakes, Streams, and Oceansp. 143
For the Cupboardp. 179
From the Bread Oven and Griddlep. 205
The Good Taste of Old-fashioned Dessertsp. 237
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780813919898
ISBN-10: 0813919894
Series: The Virginia Bookshelf
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 333
Published: 3rd April 2000
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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