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Cook & Celebrate: A Collection of Southern Holiday & Party Culinary Traditions

By author: Johnathon Scott Barrett
Product Code: HH1031
ISBN: 9780881468441
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Johnathon Scott Barrett, who author Janis Owens refers to as "a Prince of a host" takes you on another Southern food journey within the pages of his newest book. Following his culinary memoir, RISE & SHINE! and the subsequent recipe-filled anthology, COOK & TELL, Barrett presents the convivial and delicious COOK & CELEBRATE. Barrett takes readers from the Commonwealth of Virginia, down to the Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, over to Mobile Bay, and on jaunts in between to showcase the favorite dishes (and the stories behind them) Southerners use to fete the holidays, and one another. Memories abound with Hoppin' John and collards at New Year's, fried chicken and potato salad on Independence Day, sweet, cloud-like coconut cakes at Easter, and the veritable Tom Turkey and cornbread dressing which crown dining tables at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Barrett shares these recipes, along with 100+ more, while introducing in each chapter friends and loved ones along the way. And besides their enthusiasm for the holidays, Southerners, with their ingrained sense of graciousness, are also known for toasting life and one another with a variety of appetizing affairs. Barrett relates herein with a sampling of delightful soirees and dinners, some as casual as a fish-fry to others with four courses and your grandmother's silver and china. COOK & CLEBRATE is a wonderful, delectable, and nostalgic read that will invoke warm, festive memories and inspire you to celebrate life in the kitchen.
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Review by: Janis Owens, award-winning author of THE CRACKER KITCHEN, AMERICAN GHOST and MY BROTHER MICHAEL - May 18, 2022
"I read COOK & CELEBRATE in bed, like a letter from a dear cousin--one who holds food and family in equal esteem, with what I can only describe as true Southern elan. Every recipe has its story (as it should), and every story is illuminated with a richness that simply warms the heart. The combination makes for a cookbook that is a treasure trove of exquisite food, from homemade pimento cheese to expert pointers on the craft of cooking wild game. Johnathon Scott Barrett's delightful voice is that of a favorite country cousin who you adored as a child, who grew up and moved to the city and lived large, but never forgot their country roots--the cousin who not only returns for the family funerals but brings the best cakes and hugs you for two solid minutes, then offers to pay for the casket flowers. He's a reminder of all that is worth celebrating in our beloved home."
Review by: Nancie McDermott, award-winning author of SOUTHERN CAKES - May 18, 2022
"Beloved author, chef, and consummate host Johnathon Scott Barrett brings his love of Southern cooking and gift for creating unforgettable celebrations to your kitchen and your table. Within these story-and-recipe filled pages, you'll learn his secrets for entertaining with Southern style and joy, from New Year's Day through the Twelve Days of Christmas. I can't wait to season my holiday gatherings with this book in hand!"
Review by: Mary Martha Greene, author of THE CHEESE BISCUIT QUEEN TELLS ALL - May 18, 2022
"From the minute you open this book, you will step into Johnathan Scott Barrett's world of wonderful dinners, family gatherings, and elegant parties, and you will become fast friends. Barrett, the consummate host, will guide you through every aspect of any occasion, from the invitations to the menu to the libations! He’ll make you want to start writing out your guest list (or multiple lists for multiple occasions) and planning your next soiree. This book is a must for every host and hostess!"

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