Looking for Georgia cookbooks for the food lovers on your holiday gift list? Then look no further! These 10 delicious and truly Southern cookbooks written by Georgia chefs make the perfect gifts for the novices, home cooks and foodies in your life.
A Taste of Heritage: The New African American Cuisine by Joe Randall. Chef Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin showcase the rich heritage of African-American cooking in this authentic collection of 300 recipes. Experience catfish stew with cornmeal dumplings, Southern fried quail, or crepes with country fried apples. Geared to the home cook, the recipes are enhanced by menus complete with wine selections.
Atlanta Kitchens: Recipes from Atlanta’s Best Restaurants by Krista Reese. Atlanta chefs have everything to offer, including peaches, peanuts, fried chicken, and Coca-Cola. This must-have cookbook features recipes from 56 of the best restaurants, including Watershed, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Babette’s Cafe, Horseradish Grill and Cakes & Ale.
The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits by Hugh Acheson. Beautifully written, this book brings fresh produce to the center of your plate. Hugh demystifies or reintroduces 50 ingredients — from kohlrabi to carrots, beets to Brussels sprouts. It’s what both your doctor and your grocery bill have been telling you to do, and Hugh gives us the knowledge to wrap ourselves around produce in new ways.
Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome by Virginia Willis. All the Southern classics are covered — from a comforting Southern-style shepherd’s pie with grits to melting broccoli mac and cheese to old-fashioned buttermilk pie. Each dish is packed with real Southern flavor, but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques.
Mastering The Art of Southern Vegetables by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart. Organized alphabetically by vegetable, each section begins with instructions on how to prepare and cook the vegetable, and is followed by new and classic recipes. Also included are a selection of vinaigrettes and sauces, plus a roasting chart.
Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World by Kevin Gillespie. On Bravo TV’s season six of “Top Chef,” Kevin Gillespie became known for his love of pork. This book celebrates pork’s delicious versatility with more than 100 easy-to-follow recipes. Dig into everything from bacon popcorn and Bourbon Street pork chops to Korean barbecued pork bulgogi and banoffee trifle with candied bacon.
Savannah Classic Desserts by Janice Shay. This recipe collection is coupled with a history lesson on the most popular restaurants and cafes in Savannah. Chapters are divided into cakes and tortes; cobblers, pies, and tarts; custards, puddings, and sauces; ice creams and sorbets; cheesecakes; and candies and cookies. Each inclusion was specifically chosen to offer a taste of the Savannah lifestyle.
Summerland by Anne Stiles Quatrano. Quatrano pulls together more than 100 of her best recipes and entertaining ideas. Peppered throughout are stories of lessons she’s learned at Summerland — the north Georgia farm that’s been in her family for five generations and that supplies much of the produce for her restaurants today.
Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta’s “Little Bakery That Could” by Sonya Jones. This beautifully illustrated cookbook depicts the fresh-baked desserts and delicious breads that have brought the bakery national recognition. From classic recipes to innovative creations, baking secrets fill the pages of this mouth-watering collection.
Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent by Jennifer Hill Booker. Written for both the novice and the experienced cook, this book offers my perspective on contemporary Southern food. The 135 recipes — from buttermilk biscuits to Winter Pumpkin Soup — use French techniques to elevate familiar flavors and are the culmination of summers and holidays spent on my family’s farm.
Jennifer is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and the author of “Your Resident Gourmet,” full of innovative recipes, cooking trends and fun kitchen gadgets. Click here for more content from Jennifer, and tune in to Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen Sunday, Dec. 20, to see Jennifer battle her way through sabotages on Get Rich or Die Frying!