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The Crown of Southern Cooking – Cookbook Review

I’ve spent the last two weeks going through a wonderful cookbook ~ “The Crown of Southern Cooking”, by Evelyn Roughton, published by Quail Ridge Press. Evelyn and her family own and operate The Crown Restaurant in Mississippi. The Crown is a well known landmark. They’ve been serving up lunch for over 40 years. A restaurant and store all in one. They leave their famous desserts on the table for guests to help themselves. You can learn more about Evelyn in this Interview Video.
The book is so charming. You’ll love the personal stories that are shared throughout the book. The pages are filled with wonderful recipes. You’ll have plenty to choose from, the book is categorized into:
 Appetizers, Beef, Beverages, Bread & Brunch, Cakes, Candies, Chicken, Cookies, Desserts, Pies, Pork, Salads, Sauces & Seasonings, Seafood, Soups-Stews-Chilis, and Vegetables & Sides.
The recipes are simple and easy to follow. I read the book cover to cover, and here are a few of my favorites:
Chunky Cold Artichoke Dip
B.B.’s Pickled Black-Eyed Peas
Open Faced Crab Sandwiches
World’s Best Catfish Salad
Delta Cheese Grits
Mississippi Mud Cake
The Crown’s Bourbon Sauce
The Crown’s Plantation Pie
Photo: Plantation Pie – The Crown Restaurant
I could go on all day, there are so many great recipes! A couple weeks ago I had a giveaway and part of the entry was to answer a question – What do you look for in a cookbook. The number one answer was “I just love cookbooks”, followed by “simple recipes”. You will get both those in this book. Your mouth will be watering with every turn of the page.
Evelyn was also the author of a cookbook on Catfish. She shares several delicious catfish recipes in this book as well.
In addition to the delightful stories, there are helpful tidbits offered. A great book for anyone’s collection.


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Saturday 21st of November 2015

I'm thrilled to say that I was the winner of this special cookbook. It has so many recipes that I can't wait to try and I love a cookbook like this that's filled with great pictures. And the stories! This is just as much a reading book as a recipe book, and it's so interesting with all the history, culture, traditions and fun. This book makes you want to go find a bayou and be friends with the locals. Many many thanks to Julia for such a wonderful give away.