(The Best Cook in the World) [Read] ´ Rick Bragg
Bed by progress these recipes don t have any calories "assigned to them Chances are if you need to know then you might want to look lsewhere if you re "to them Chances are if you need to know then you might want to look lsewhere if you re looking for recipes Most of the recipes included won t be found in any heart healthy sections there s a lot of bacon grease and Crisco cracklin meat grease but then most of these recipes got their start years before any of us were born some are from Civil War ra and others from around the time of the Great Depression Poverty abounded then and there but poverty is still than abundant in plenty of places on this planet Reading this is truly about the association of memories with the food we were served by our family that we prepared and cooked with our families through the years and how those memories are shaped by that food and as years pass that food is also shaped by those memoriesI loved this not as much for ach recipe but Margaret Bragg the author s mother cooks the way my father and my grandmother cooked all from memory by weight and feel and a smidgen of this and a dash of that It felt like being in my grandmother s tiny kitchen making bread beside her She knew when a thing was done by the look or the smell Bragg made me feel as I was there if not a part of the family then a warmly welcomed guestDon t make the mistake of not reading the recipes skip over the ingredients if you must but there are some lovely gems of wisdom and love in the sharing of those stories ven some having to do with cooking Use brown Buried eggs when you can getm she warns They re like real ggs Rick Bragg shares his love of his family uirks and all their stories and his mother s recipes from fried chicken to roasted possum to pecan pie There s a sense of love in his amusement pride in these stories of generations reverence to a way of life and loveRecommendedMany thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book This book was an absolute delight Rick Bragg writes lovingly about his mother and her southern cooking and shares amazing stories about his wackadoo familyI listened to this book on audio read by Bragg himself and I highly recommend it He has a charming narration and I found the book positively soothing This was the first Bragg book I ve read but I loved it so much I ve already reuested his other works from the libraryHighly recommended for readers who like foodie memoirs or tales of southern lifeOpening PassageSince she was leven years old ven if all she had to work with was neck bones peppergrass or poke salad she put good
food on a plate She cooked for dead broke uncles hungover brothers shade tree mechanics on a plate She cooked for dead broke uncles hungover brothers shade tree mechanics healers dice shooters hairdressers pipe fitters crop dusters high steel walkers and well diggers She cooked for ironworkers Avon ladies highway patrolman sweatshop seamstresses fortune tellers coal haulers dirt track daredevils and dime store girls She cooked for lost souls stumbling home from Aunt Hattie s beer joint and for singing cowboys on the AM radio She cooked in her first ighty years than seventy thousand meals as basic as hot buttered biscuits with pear preserves or muscadine jelly as xotic as tender braised beef tripe in white milk gravy in kitchens where the only ventilation was the banging of the screen door She cooked for people she d just as soon have poisoned and for the loves of her life Finished this with some difficulty because it was too long I d recommend that it be read over a short period of time If it would have been 200 pages shorter it would have had power That being said it was an interesting read mixing family stories and simple classic southern recipes An Author and a Sister to Bragg AboutWhat a fun read While Rick Bragg shared his mother s recipes he also had many stories to tell not just stories about his mother but about other people as well Some were laugh out loud funny but so were the recipes not that they were not real recipes but you won t catch me making any of them In other words she was not the best cook in the world or ven the county where she lived well maybe she was as some people love country cooking Maybe it should really be called back woods cookingWhat is back wood cooking To me it means making poke salad He will ALMOST tell you how to cook poke salad yes cook Poke is poisonous so I personally would never try to cook it He claims that it is also nutritious but once it has been boiled and re boiled a few times and sueezed to death I think the My favorite author The only one I buy while they are still warm from the presses and keep to read again I love this guy s family The author tells about his grandmother and mother who make old fashioned southern cooking These are not health conscious recipes As a matter of fact grease and fat factor heavily into most of the recipes Each chapter tells a story pertaining to his favorite foods and then at the nd of the chapter are the recipes It is worth reading the ntire recipe as he writes them in his mother s voice and not in traditional recipe form I might ven make a few of them although I think I will skip possum and suirrel. Them pre date the Civil War handed down skillet by skillet from one generation of Braggs to the next In The Best Cook in the World Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and ducation from childhood into old .
I don t know when I have ver njoyed a book Just sheer pleasure A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, every time I opened the covers I read this one as my bedtime book for a couple of weeks and looked forward to the hour or so spent with Rick Bragg s people as he likes to call themOf course it was a no brainer that I would love it It combines memoir with food and recipes Rick Bragg s wonderful prose and humor great people past and present and family pictures His family is a large cussin fightin drinkin God fearin cookinatin hell raising bunch of southerners and he loves them all with a fierceness we don t usually see in memoirs No traumatizing dysfunctional The Shadow Reader excuse for unhappiness here he loves these people and all their craziness and portrays them with gentleness and humorAnd the recipes This is the way my family cooked and ate back before food was something to be feared and regulated There is lard and butter and bacon grease galore because those thingslevate plain country food to manna from heaven When food was to fill your belly and give you a little pleasure two or three times a day in between working and trying to pay the rent Most of us don t Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies eat that way any but then most of us don t work that hard anyither I miss those days but it was nice to relive them in these pagesAnd it was nice to get to know Grandma Ava Grandpa Charlie all the aunts and uncles with a special shout out to Aunt Juanita my kind of woman And of course Mama These are her recipes never written down but handed down through the years There is ven a recipe here for possum which Mama hates and won t at but Aunt Juanita claims it cured her stomach ulcers years ago after she ate a whole possum all by herselfI did love this book and these people and this goes on my favorite shelf My only mistake here was getting this from the library Taking it back will be a little like turning the whole family into Social Services I ll have to buy a copy now put it on my shelf and give this family a permanent home What a beautiful book The Best Cook in the World Tales from My Momma s Table was a loving tribute not only to his mother Margaret but to his grandmother Ava and related in the warm all The Power Of A Choice embracing andndearing way that only Rick Bragg can accomplish in describing all of the rich and colorful heritage of his family passed on for generations perhaps the first farm to table harvest in the heart of Appalachia some recipes ven predating the Civil War You just have to understand a dab a pinch This tugged at my heart as I remember being so nad as I spent summers with my grandparents helping my grandfather in his beautiful and bountiful garden ach day Another highlight of my day was helping my grandmother prepare amazing meals from my grandfather s bounty with special old family recipes from the old country There are many delicious recipes that may warrant a try Let your speech be always with grace seasoned with salt that ye may know how ye ought to answer very man COLOSSIANS 46 But since that day in her cold kitchen I knew I had to convince her to let me "write it all down to capture not just the legend but the soul of her cooking for the generations to come "it all down to capture not just the legend but the soul of her cooking for the generations to come translate into the twenty first century the recipes that The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right exit only in her mind before we all blow away like the dust in that red fieldThese recipes and stories come one by one from the beautiful haunted landscape itself from inside the lunchboxes of men who worked deep in thearth and out in the searing sun from homemade houseboats in the middle channels of slow rivers or in the dark high places as we chased the beautiful sound of our dogs through the hills and pinesThey ate tomato sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise salt and pepper this with a cold glass of milk and a few potato chips remains my favorite simple summer lunch They sliced platters of them to Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling eat withverything This book is than just a memoir than a cookbook It is about a family who have shared their secrets to feeding a lot of people on a nickle who have passed down traditions along with their cooking who took care of one another Monsieur Pain even if they didn t likeach other much sometimes and who ven shared a precious cast iron skillet at one time or anotherWanting to preserve the amazing dishes Rick Bragg decides to try to get it all down on paper before it s lost This is not an asy task as Margaret Bragg does "not own a cookbook does not measure any ingredients and does "own a cookbook does not measure any ingredients and does the way she and generations before her were taught You know a tad a smidgen and just nough She doesn t time anything in the oven yer nose will tell ya when it s done She is correctThe book goes back through generations of what I can only call characters and the book is humorous at times Everything from the man who ran away to live on his own in the woods to his being begged to come back and teach a new wife to cook before her husband starved the begging was by the Husband Who Was So Thin At This who was so thin at this he was ready to disappear He succeeds in bringing him back and there is no love found between the man and his son s new wife In fact they almost downright hate ach other for a while Their story alone makes this a worthwhile read Will. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook She measures in dabs and smidgens and tads and you know hon just some She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread about 15 to 20 minutes depending on the mysteries of your oven Her notion of farm to table is The wife shoot the old man Will the husband wither away and die from her bad cooking Will the law find the old man and finally take him inSome of the recipes won t fly so well in today s world although there are people ven some I know who have cooked raccoon and suirrels In this book it s a matter of survivalI loved the book It s a keeper to be njoyed again I have put off writing a review of this book because I have found it hard to find the right words To say I loved it just does not portray the feelings I have for this memory of family and food Except for a few regional differences these are the recipes of my North Carolina family and these are their Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. experiences Every photographs with so many appearing to be made in those old carnival photo booths touched my heart I cried over turtle stews as I recalled my uncle once a year firing up the pit in a field behind our house and all those long gone men passing the jar and waiting for their bowls I remembered my grandma packing her brown paper bag and threatening to go back to live at the old house if my grandpa didn t go over and get her woodstove and get shed of that newlectric stove There are few books that a reader can live in but this is one Especially if you are a Southerner of textile or tenant farming descent don t miss this one Thank you thank you Rick Bragg But since that day in her cold kitchen I knew I had to convince her to let me write it all down to capture not just the legend but the soul of her cooking for the generations to come and translate into the twenty first century the recipes that xist only in her mind before we all just blow away like the dust in that red field Rick Bragg s momma did not own a cookbook or a measuring cup or a mixer But she did outlive 20 something ovens and never parted with her cast iron skillet ven though she once had to rescue it from a house fire Every meal she cooked came from memory using dabs and smidgens and tads and handfuls and a measurement she mysteriously refers to as you know hon just some But very meal she cooked had soul and a story Bragg opens ach chapter of this book with a black and white family photo and a title that offers a clue to the story behind the recipe The stories are the pull here but you also get recipes for pinto beans and collard greens and cornbread and fried chicken name any Southern food and the recipe is probably here Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, even turtle and bolognaMy personal reminder and lesson from this book is that a certain generation of people most now in their 70 s and 80 s who still like to talk and talk and talk are dying off Listen closely to what they have to sayven when you get tired of their same old stories because the world is changing and we won t get these people and these voices back Bragg s momma s generation wasis a hands on face to face generation so kudos to him for caring nough to
Spend The Countless Hoursthe countless hours book had to take to preserve what will soon be a "Lifestyle Long Gone Recommended To Anyone Who Loves The South "long gone Recommended to anyone who loves the South Southern people and Southern stories whether you cook or not 45 stars It s funny how it s the little things in life that mean the mostNot where you live what you drive or the price tag on your clothesThere s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I ve come to knowSo if you agree have a drink with meRaise you glasses for a toastTo a little bit of chicken fried And cold beer on a Friday nightA pair of jeans that fit just rightAnd the radio upI like to see the sunriseSee the love in my woman s yesFeel the touch of a precious childAnd know a mother s love Chicken Fried Zac Brown Band Songwriters Wyatt Durrette Zac BrownNot uite two years ago I read Bragg s All Over But the Shoutin and last year I followed that up with his Ava s Man and loved both of those memoirs I do still plan to read The Prince of Frogtown but I managed to be first in line for this one from my library so I read it while I had the chance To think of this as a cookbook would be less than accurate although it does contain many recipes this is a memoir told through stories that convey the joy and hardships that this rather xtended family goes through Maybe joy isn t really nough since some of their adventures are side splittingly ntertaining and some are touching and some reminded me of stories my father told me Still just as in life food is always better when surrounded by family and friends and those stories that live on from one generation to the next And that s what these recipes are surrounded by stories included in stories sometimes it s hard to tell whether the recipes are injected into the stories or the stories are told to better understand their place in family lore Food can be prepared as a gesture of love or given as a prize awarded for a task well done it can be partaken of in simple utilitarian need and the object of delight and it can be a reminder of other times and other people In darker times when need overwhelmed their cupboards there are stories of men fishing for river catfish with their bare hands what they called noodling follow And what a picture that must have been Living in a time and in areas mostly undistur. Flatbed truck But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes corn pudding redeye gravy pinto beans and hambone stewed cabbage short ribs chicken and dressing biscuits and butter rolls The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory many of. .