The Cornbread Book: A Love Story With Recipes
HarperCollins, 2003 (2003)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he first thing the author wants to do with this book '
is make cornbread one word
'. The second '
is to have cornbread named the official bread of the United States of America
'. Jackson says that when he was a child in Missouri and it was too cold to go outside to play, his mother fixed him his own little sandbox inside, complete with cornmeal in place of sand! '
In 1796, Amelia Simmons published American Cookery, generally considered to be the first American cookbook. On its title page the book claimed to be "adapted to this country". And indeed it had five recipes with cornmeal in them: three Indian puddings, one for Johnny Cake or Hoe Cake, and one for Indian Slapjacks.
o, although cornbread is thought of as basically a southern recipe, it is eaten all over the United States in many guises. This tiny book starts with
Basic Categories of Cornmeal
, then segues into
, and discusses
Whole Grain Cornmeal and Popcorn Flour
. The proper equipment is suggested, along with the hint that dark pans will crisp cornbreads sooner. Now to the good stuff.
(along with their recipes) -
Sweet, Buttermilk, Creamed Corn, Ozark
; the author claims this is the recipe he grew up on which is probably why he grew up so manly and healthy.
here are all sorts of additions and substitutions that can be made with cornbread - rice, garlic, onion, nuts and seeds, fresh herbs to name a few. The addition of dried fruits sounds wonderful to me. I like the idea of
also. And then, yum, we go beyond the basics to
Gold Nugget Popovers
Carrotbread with a Taste of Maple Syrup
. I am struck by the simplicity of the recipes, which can be whipped up and baked in no time. Don't
Uppity Cornmeal Crepes
sound great? And Jackson uses peanut butter as shortening in
. Novel. The
would please me also.
e go now to
- I'd be a goner with them.
Apple Skillet Flipcake
sounds worth trying, or
Berry Patch Cobbler
- anything with berries suits me.
Persimmon Coffee Cake
Caramel Corn Cake
, where a crusty and tender cake floats on '
a golden sea of caramel Sauce.
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
. My mother made some great
, but this one is made with Molasses Flour. Must try it. I've always liking working with yeast doughs, but have to admit I never used cornmeal.
The Cornbread Book
gives recipes for
In which Yeast, that frothing fungus, infuses our cornbreads with a breath of air, making them billow and puff and smell so nice.
' Isn't that a great intro to the topic?
opcorn White Loaf
- imagine a flour made of popcorn! Worth working with just for the uniqueness.
Cornmeal Pizza Dough
New Zuni Bread
Hominy-Leek Monkey Bread
, the ever popular
Anadama Batter Bread
. I could list them all, but if you're not intrigued enough by now to get your own copy, you don't like to eat and what's the use. Enjoy the author's dry wit and be sure to leaf to the very back of this wonderful little treasure to find the words and music to the Cornbread Song.
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