Top 10 Southern Historical Cookbooks

Whether you seek the tasty dishes of your memories or enjoy learning about traditions and culture, you'll find these book as entertaining to read as they are useful in the kitchen.

Here are some of the best Southern cookbooks.

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    An Irresistible History of Southern Food

    Irresistible History of Southern Food cookbook

    Rick McDaniel explores the history of many of our favorite Southern foods and recipes. There's a Kindle edition as well.

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    Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing

    cornbread nation cookbook cover

    This is the first of many volumes. The Cornbread Nation books are compilations of the best of Southern food features and articles.

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    The Taste of Country Cooking: 30th Anniversary Edition

    Edna Lewis Taste of Country Cooking

    Edna Lewis shares American country recipes she grew up in a small Virginia farming community that was settled by freed African slaves. This is an essential cookbook for the Southern foodie.

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    High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America

    High on the Hog

    This book is an excellent history of African American cuisine, from Africa to America. Get the Kindle edition, paperback, Audible, or MP3 CD.

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    Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History

    Southern Food by John Egerton

    This book is an essential resource from John Egerton. He samples the best of the region and offers traditional recipes, food lore, and history. The book is full of some great stories about many of our favorite dishes.

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    Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine

    Smokehouse Ham Cookbook Cover

    A wonderful gift for anyone interested in the food and culture of Southern Appalachia, this book is incredibly entertaining to read.

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    Carolina Rice Kitchen - The African Connection

    Carolina Rice Kitchen book cover

    From noted food historian Karen Hess, this book is about the influence of rice on the economy and households of the south. It includes the 1863 facsimile of The Carolina Rice Kitchen, with over 300 recipes.

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    What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking

    Mrs. Fisher's Cookbook cover.

    Abby Fisher, a former slave, was probably the first African American cook to publish her recipes. This facsimile includes historical notes by Karen Hess.

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    The Virginia House-Wife

    The Virginia Housewife Historical Cookbook

    This facsimile edition is a treasure of early Southern recipes by Mary Randolph, plus historical notes and commentaries by Karen Hess.

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    Mrs. Hill's Southern Practical Cookery and Receipt Book

    Mrs Hill's Southern Practical Cookery

    This facsimile of Mrs. Hill's cookbook also includes author information, historical notes, and a glossary by Damon L. Fowler.

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    Charleston Receipts

    Charleston Receipts cookbook

    Originally compiled in 1950, Charleston Receipts is the oldest Junior League cookbook still in print. The cookbook contains 750 recipes, Gullah verses, and sketches by Charleston artists.


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