THE LADY AND SONS TOO!
BY PAULA DEEN
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
The Lady & Sons Too! — A Whole New Batch of Recipes from Savannah
(Random House) ISBN 978-1400068241 140006824X
Paula Deen shares more than 315 comfort food recipes from Savannah Georgia restaurants and inns, cookbook authors and a caterer. Recipes come from The Pirates' House, The Granite Steps Inn, Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House, The Gastonian and The Johnny Harris Restaurant, besides her restaurant, The Lady & Sons.
This 248-page Southern food cookbook makes you feel like the author is a friend sharing her favorite homecooking recipes.
Chapters start with an index of recipes. Flower icons denote recipes served in The Lady & Sons restaurant. Paula Deen introduces some recipes. For example, coconut cream cake, she says, tastes better the longer it sits.
The Lady & Sons Too! also includes stories about Savannah restaurants, their owners and chefs along with their recipes, e.g., Damon Lee Fowler (author of Classical Southern Cooking), Martha Giddens Nesbit (author of Savannah Entertains) and Elizabeth Terry (author of Savannah Seasons).
How much sugar is in a pound?
Full-page color images depict 16 finished dishes including sugar and nut glazed brie, zesty cheese straws, taco soup, the best crab casserole, sweet potato biscuits and sweet potato balls.
A useful chart of weights and measures helps you make conversions such as one cup of grated cheese equals 4 ounces, two cups of granulated sugar equals one pound and a pound of raw ground meat equals two cups.
Helpful hints from Paula Deen include how to freeze extra egg yolks and egg whites in ice cube trays and how to make an egg substitute with two tablespoons of corn oil plus one tablespoon water.
Homemade boursin cheese
Especially welcome are recipes for homemade dried onion soup mix and homemade boursin cheese, both less expensive and tastier than the commercial products.
In her peers chapter, Paula Deen includes recipes from John Berendt, the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which brought fame and visitors to Savannah, Georgia. Recipes from John and his mother, Carol Berendt, include fresh cabbage and sweet sausages, lemon hollandaise sauce and pots de crème.
Recipes from Paula Deen's cookbook
Hot crab dip. Chicken nuggets. Georgia spiced pecans. The Lady & Sons crab stew. Pecan cranberry salad. Warm apple and goat cheese salad. Grilled red pepper scallops. Ron's grilled peanut butter ham. Hot Savannah chicken salad casserole. Curry crusted bananas. Okra fritters. Crockpot pinto beans. Currant and oat scones. Popovers. Hush puppies. Sour cream caramel cake. Cheesecake with praline sauce. Pumpkin gingerbread trifle. Chocolate mound brownies.
- The journey continues
- Helpful hints from the lady
- Hot appetizers
- Cold appetizers
- Soups and Salads
- Main Courses
- Fish and shellfish
- Vegetables and Side Dishes
- Sauces, Dressings and Marinades
- And from My Peers
- Cakes and pies
- Puddings and custards
- Cookies and brownies
- Weights and Measures
Paula Deen is the author of seven Southern cooking books and the mother of the Deen brothers, who have also published cookbooks.