Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook
Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook features the food of the South like Fried Green Tomatoes, Spoonbread, and Good Ole Pecan Pie. From the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, this cookbook celebrates Southern cafe cooking.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 204 pages
Publisher: Fawcette Columbine
Author: Fannie Flagg
Description: Fannie Flagg wrote the beloved novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which became the equally beloved movie. Both were about people and places she loves. She loves in particular the little cafe from her Alabama childhood that was the model for the cafe in her novel. As a result of the tremendous success of both the book and the movie, she has received thousands of requests from all over the world asking for recipes from that cafe.
Now, she joyfully shares those recipes along with some wonderful (and hilarious) observations about food and life. Fannie freely admits she is not much of a cook. When she was twelve, her mother caught her fooling around in the kitchen and exclaimed with horror as she removed the pan from her child's hand, "Oh no, honey, you must never learn how to cook...If people find out you know how, they will expect you to do it!" As a result, Fannie has eaten out -- and enjoyed herself thoroughly -- ever since. So this may well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook. But have no fear: all the recipes have been cooked by professionals for generations and tested by professional eaters by the thousands of pounds (even by Northerners who came back begging for more).
Southern cafe cooking owes nothing to the French bistro or to the New York or L.A. nouvelle cuisine restaurants where the food can be confused with the decor and the bill with your social security number. This is down home, sinful, soulful comfort food, from country-fried steak to hush puppies to black-bottom pie, that will warm your heart and stick to your ribs. Thank goodness it's not trendy. It's just plain good!
The recipes in Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook are all for delicious hearty happy food that comes with all sorts of things, from gravies to hot sauces (very often the secret's in the sauce). But most of all this food, and this book, comes with love. You might think Fannie Flagg first came to public attention when she knocked em dead in the Miss Alabama contest by modeling a dress she had designed herself, made entirely out of old menus. ("I've always been fascinated with food," she says). Or later, when she went on to become a remarkably successful actress, novelist, and screenwriter. She has appeared on television, in movies, and starred on the Broadway stage.
Condition: Good condition.
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