At Oakland, we love great southern food, and November brings with it a new emphasis on food and gratitude for the bounty of fall harvests and family and friends. With Thanksgiving on the way, the kitchen becomes the nexus of preparation for festive dinners and Turkey Day. We’re featuring two cookbooks that celebrate the joys of southern cooking and provide new and classic recipes for home cooks to try. Check out these and other cookbooks at Oakland’s newly revamped online Museum Store today. Bon appetit!
Old Southern Cookery
Mary Randolph’s Recipes from America’s First Regional Cookbook Adapted for Today’s Kitchen gives new life to a beloved book that has spanned two centuries. Using the historic recipes from Mary Randolph’s 1824 bestselling cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife or Methodical Cook (considered by many culinary historians to be the first real American cookbook—and described by all as the first regional cookbook), the authors have chosen the best of the original recipes to show how home cooks can prepare the food using contemporary methods. In translating these historic cooking methods to today’s kitchen techniques, headnotes contain pertinent historic facts about such things as butchery, firewood cooking, spices used, European origins of certain recipes, dishes brought by enslaved people to the New World, and even how our cooking utensils have evolved through two centuries. $26.95. View title.
The Southern Harvest Cookbook
This cookbook explores the culinary delights that southern gardens produce in all four seasons, from asparagus to tomatoes, apples to collard greens. Make use of the bounty of your garden or farmers’ market with new twists on familiar favorites. Recipes for Apple Radish Salad and Bacon Apple Burgers break up a fall parade of crisps and crumbles. Instead of roasting, make Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Peanut Stew and add greens to Shrimp and Grits. Recipes for preserving herbs, pickling peaches, and berry jams mean that your harvest will never go to waste. Let experienced gardener and cook Cathy Cleary walk you through four seasons of fresh, flavorful cooking. $24.99. View title.