Sunday, June 2, 2013

Savannah Seasons by Elizabeth Terry (with Alexis Terry)

My 2 cents:

Good recipes never go out of style, they just season with age. Same with good cookbooks, like Savannah Seasons (Food and Stories from Elizabeth on 37th) by Elizabeth Terry (with Alexis Terry).

Published originally in 1996, the cookbook is a collection of recipes created, honed and served in Elizabeth and Michael Terry's Savannah, Georgia restaurant, “Elizabeth's on 37th”. Each recipe was tested by Elizabeth's daughter, Alexis, and includes bright original artwork by Alexis Terry, as well as stories and cooking tips by both women. Opened in 1981, the iconic restaurant is now operated by brothers Greg and Gary Butch. For many years, the Terry's lived above the restaurant with their two daughters (Alexis and Celeste), a renovated, turn-of-the-century mansion on the corner of 37th Street and Drayton Avenue.

Elizabeth Terry was awarded the James Beard Award in 1995 for “Best Chef in the Southeast” and her restaurant was named one of the Top 25 Restaurants in the Country by Food and Wine Magazine. The cookbook features gourmet Southern recipes for soups, salads, vegetable dishes, fish, shellfish, poultry, meats, sauces, desserts, bread and beverages. The hallmark of Elizabeth's cooking is quality ingredients and fresh herbs.

I do ask that you use the finest of ingredients, but the preparations are not difficult,” advises Elizabeth in her introduction. “Remember to cook with love and have fun in the kitchen.”

Length: 352 pages

Worth Your Time? Yes, especially if you like to read cookbooks. This one has a lot of flavor. Also, Pat Conroy fans will appreciate his remarks in the foreword.


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