Every Third Thursday… Life is Delicious
Grab a plate. Pull up a chair. Good company. Great food. No rules. It’s potluck.
When Nancy Vienneau started a casual potluck celebrating good food and goodwill, she had no idea it would be going strong five years later. The ever-changing group of diverse people who attend have one thing in common: a dedication to good food. As a result, every month, a non-scripted parade of seasonally inspired dishes appears—dishes that draw on ingredients from the participants’ own gardens, their neighbors yards, or the farmers’ market. These dishes celebrate their provenance and their history. Roasted tomato goat cheese tart with Tennessee Bradley tomatoes, Me-me’s chocolate cake inherited from a beloved grandmother’s recipe. Chicken baked with fresh plums from a neighbor’s tree. Acorn squash filled with Southern sorghum and pecans. Pimiento cheese made with local farmstead cheddar. Crowder pea salad flecked with Benton’s country ham.
Like a sourdough starter made from flour, yeast, and water, this simple get-together has grown into a lively, rich event full of interesting folks and food. Between these covers you’ll find glorious dishes, heartfelt stories, plus tips and ideas for starting your own community potluck. Did someone say it’s Thursday?
|About the Contributor(s)||Nancy Vienneau
Nancy Vienneau is a “recovered” caterer turned food writer and activist living in Nashville, Tennessee. She began cooking professionally in 1980. Twenty-five years and ten thousand cream cheese brownies later, she sold her catering company. Now she works in her community promoting local farmers, urban gardens, healthy affordable cooking, and food security. While Third Thursdays are devoted to potluck, most Fridays you’ll find her cooking at Second Harvest Food Bank.Food is at the heart of her stories and poetry. Her work appears in Alimentum: The Literature of Food , Relish Magazine , Nashville Arts Magazine , her weekly restaurant column for The Tennessean and her globally-read blog Good Food Matters.
|Release Date||Jun 17, 2014|
- Review by Ppkey
- Review by Christa Nolan
This is not your average "potluck" cookbook. You will not find recipes enclosed in these pages using canned soups or other highly processed offerings. The whole idea is to bring your best to the potluck. Something homemade and special.
I really love the whole idea of this cookbook. I would love to eat more home cooked, seasonal food--and have friends and family over to enjoy it. The recipes truly sound delicious-- from the Cast-Iron Heirloom Tomato and Rice Bake to the Brown Butter Honey Cake, there is something for everyone.
I love how the chapters are broken up into months, with each containing recipes corresponding to that months seasonal food offerings. I also love the stories told in the beginning of each month and throughout each recipe. The pictures are beautiful and make me want to make everything all at once! I just wish there was a picture for every recipe, though I know this is not economical and would make the book huge. This is probably not a good cookbook for a beginner, but does have pictures and information explaining some of the cooking lingo. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in creating their own potluck or just wanting to make fresh, seasonal food. (Posted on 6/13/2014)
- Review by BrendaN
The Third Thursday Potluck is a real event that meets... you guessed it... on the Third Thursday of each month. The location is provided by e-mail. Just reading about how the monthly potluck was set up and run would be worth the price of the book for many people. What a wonderful idea!
The cookbook contains recipes from dishes brought to the potluck. The book begins in June with food that is seasonal for Nashville in that month. Living a little farther north, I'm probably a month or so behind in what is growing in my garden and available at the farmer's market. But that is easy to compensate by looking in say... July. ;)
A sign of a great cookbook for me is when I have perused it and there are numerous bookmarks placed through the pages, marking recipes I want to try. I plan to make the lemon rosemary cookies soon. The buttermilk cornbread skillet recipe will be made soon after that. Soon I will try the "Not Your 70s Green Bean Casserole, too. After all, life cannot subsist on carbs.
Even if you don't attend potlucks, you will enjoy having recipes for the seasonal produce on hand. There are all kinds of recipes, from those based on meat to vegan creations. It is, after all, a potluck.
It reminds me a bit of the old church cookbooks I've kept, which include recipes from people I knew who were "famous" for certain dishes. These recipes have the same feel only they don't start with a can of mushroom soup. Many recipes are definitely more modern twists on some old favorites.
While there are a lot of pictures in the book, not every recipe has a corresponding picture. However, the recipes are explained simply enough I doubt most cooks would have any problem making them.
This cookbook would be an excellent addition to the shelves of anyone who enjoys trying new recipes, cooking with seasonal food, and who enjoy good Southern cooking. Although you do not have to be from the South to try these dishes. (Posted on 6/4/2014)