Anyone not adequately acquainted with the South’s true culinary terrain might struggle with the idea of a Southern vegetarian. Because isn’t the South one big feast of meaty indulgence? Don’t vegetables play a supporting role to fried chicken and bacon on a Southern table? Justin Fox Burks and Amy Lawrence turn that notion on its head by recasting garden bounty as the headlining act on a plate. In a region distinguished by ideal growing conditions and generations of skilled farmers, Southern-style vegetarian cooking is not only possible, it’s a pursuit brimming with vine-ripened possibility.
Grab a chair in Burks and Lawrence’s kitchen and discover modern recipes that evoke the flavors of traditional Southern cooking, with techniques and ingredients loved so dearly throughout the region:
Lemon Zest and Thyme Pimento Cheese
Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Okra Fritters with Creole Mustard Sauce
Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Eggplant
Roast Beet Salad with Sea Salt Granola and Honey Tarragon Dressing
Grilled Peach Ice Cream
Whether you’re a devoted plant-eater or a steadfast omnivore, The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook will help you shift vegetables from the outskirts of your plate into main course position. Eating your vegetables has never been more delicious.
"True Southern food will always adapt to its surroundings. It is not the stubborn lout that many think it is, rather it’s a nimble cheerleader of its region. It revels in vegetables and cherishes seasons. Burks and Lawrence are adding healthy substance to the definition of our Southern food. The Southern Vegetarian is a great addition to any culinary library." —Hugh Acheson, author of A New Turn in the South
"Come eat with The Chubby Vegetarian. Justin and Amy are the only people I have ever met who can take the hock out of greens and not remove the soul from the pot." —Kelly English, Food & Wine Best New Chef 2009, Chef/Owner of Restaurant Iris
“What you have in your hands is a gift. It is a fresh, fun, slightly irreverent and joyful new look at Southern vegetarian dishes…a look that needed to be taken.” —John Currence, James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef South, Chef/Owner, City Grocery Restaurant Group
|Contributor(s)||Justin Fox Burks, Amy Lawrence|
|About the Contributor(s)||Justin Fox Burks
A lifelong vegetarian, Justin Fox Burk’s career as a photographer allows him access to the secrets of some of the South’s greatest kitchens, where he picks up tips and tricks from talented chefs. Justin’s food photography has appeared in Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, Mojo, Memphis Magazine, and the London Independent; in addition, he writes for Edible Memphis and the Memphis Flyer. This is his first book.
Amy Lawrence studied the dishes and techniques of restaurant chefs as a food writer; she was the Dining Out column restaurant critic for Memphis Magazine from 2009 to 2011 and often writes about home cooking for Edible Memphis and the Memphis Flyer.
|Release Date||May 14, 2013|