My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I visited Charleston in May I wanted to pick up a cookbook that would feature the cuisine of the region - turns out Magnolias, the cookbook from the restaurant of the same name in Charleston was a perfect find. It features authentic recipes of the south - Pimento Cheese, Blue Crab Bisque, Carolina Peanut Vinaigrette, Dirty Rice, Collard Greens, Hoppin' John, Grits, Lowcountry Bouillabaisse, Chicken and Andouille Gumbo - in a lovely coffee-table worthy cookbook with mouthwatering food photos. I especially like the Southern Pantry section up front that explains ingredients like Carolina Plantation Aromatic Rice and gives recipes for southern cuisine staples like spice rubs and cracklings. If you need a fix from the south, this is the cookbook for you.
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