The food editors at Southern Living magazine have uncovered and updated a treasure trove of heirloom recipes and gathered them together for generations to come in Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook: The Food We Love From The Times We Treasure. This cookbook is filled with over 200 classic Southern recipes and old-fashioned treats along with time-tested tips from the Southern Living Test Kitchens staff over the past 40 years. It’s also filled with vintage photograph that will make you feel like you might be going through your mom’s or grandmother’s old cookbook but with today’s preferred versions. For example, if you’re going to make a classic southern cake, then make the most requested recipe in Southern Living’s history: the Hummingbird Cake. Its preferred version calls for a 1/3 less oil making it just as the cookbook states: as yummy as the original, higher-fat version.
The introduction and the many “A Note from Marian” throughout are by Marian Cooper Cairns who first appeared in the pages of Southern Living magazine at the ripe old age of eight, holding a homemade popsicle made in a Dixie cup. Fast forward a few decades later, and she’s on staff in the Southern Living Test Kitchens, following in her mother’s footsteps, in the same job her mother held for ten years. Also, throughout are wonderful fresh and humorous stories from notable Southerners—writers, musicians, actors, and authors—as well as the tasty trivia about the origins of so many of our regional favorites. Don’t miss the one by Kim Cross who thinks her friends are setting her up to fail when she makes her very first casserole and her friends give her ingredients like frozen broccoli and cream of mushroom soup.
It’s not the high-glam cookbook that you’d expect to come out of New York City but a good Southern cookbook that you’d expect to purchase at a Southern church bazaar that hopefully has a classic dinner on the ground underway.