In Pursuit of Flavor - Edna Lewis (Hardcover)

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26 Mar 2019
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Edna Lewis
Mashama Bailey (Foreward By)
Louisa Jones Waller (Illustrator)
Alfred a Knopf Inc
Number of Pages
210 x 152mm (210g)


Provides recipes for Southern style staples, explains how to prepare local Virginia produce, and describes how to preserve items as they go out of season.


The classic cookbook from &;the first lady of Southern cooking&; (NPR), featuring a new foreword by Mashama Bailey, star of Netflix documentary series Chef&;s Table.

Decades before cornbread, shrimp and grits, and peach cobbler were mainstays on menus everywhere, Edna Lewis was pioneering the celebration of seasonal food as a distinctly American cuisine.
In this James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame-inducted cookbook, Miss Lewis (as she was almost universally known) shares the recipes of her childhood, spent in a Virginia farming community founded by her grandfather and his friends after emancipation, as well as those that made her one of the most revered American chefs of all time. Interspersed throughout are personal anecdotes, cooking insights, notes on important Southern ingredients, and personally developed techniques for maximizing flavor.
Across six charmingly illustrated chapters&;From the Gardens and Orchards; From the Farmyard; From the Lakes, Steams, and Oceans; For the Cupboard; From the Bread Oven and Griddle; and The Taste of Old-fashioned Desserts&;encompassing almost 200 recipes, Miss Lewis captures the spirit of the South. From Whipped Cornmeal with Okra; Pan-Braised Spareribs; and Benne Seed Biscuits to Thirteen-Bean Soup; Pumpkin with Sautéed Onions and Herbs; a Salad of Whole Tomatoes Garnished with Green Beans and Scallions; and Raspberry Pie Garnished with Whipped Cream, In Pursuit of Flavor is a modern classic and a timeless compendium of Southern cooking at its very best.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 2
Cooking / Methods / Gourmet
BISAC Subject 3
Cooking / Regional & Ethnic / General
BIC Classification 1
Cookery / food & drink etc
Library Subject 1
Cooking, American - Southern style
Library Subject 2
Library Subject 3
Cooking - Virginia
Dewey Classification

Author Bio

EDNA LEWIS was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Grande Dame of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the inaugural James Beard Living Legend Award. She was the author of The Taste of Country Cooking, In Pursuit of Flavor, and The Gift of Southern Cooking (with Scott Peacock). She died in 2006.

Review Quotes

"As a young child obsessed with cookbooks, reading Miss Edna Lewis's work felt like finding my way home for the first time. As an adult who makes cookbooks, her work continues to be my north star. Her voice, her life, her beautiful and appealing recipes, and her legacy are right there in her books and it's so exciting to see the renewed energy around In Pursuit of Flavor. If you're new to Miss Lewis, get ready to meet an icon." --Julia Turshen, author of Now & Again, Feed the Resistance, and Small Victories, and founder of Equity at The Table "This is a quiet book. A gentle book. A book that belongs on your kitchen shelf. From whipped cornmeal with okra, to red rice that recalls a Jolof dish, to rabbit fried in butter perfumed with country ham, this revived classic reminds us of Edna Lewis's genius." --John T. Edge, author The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

"The clean, seasonal, rustic and thoroughly nostalgic tone of this book, even soaked in corn pudding and brisket gravy, is a distillation of Southern cooking at its best." --Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly