Review; The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery by T J Smith

A few months ago I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the updated version of the The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery by T J Smith through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
From springhouse to smokehouse, from hearth to garden, Southern Appalachian foodways are celebrated afresh in this newly revised edition of The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. First published in 1984--one of the wildly popular Foxfire books drawn from a wealth of material gathered by Foxfire students in Rabun Gap, Georgia--the volume combines hundreds of unpretentious, delectable recipes with the practical knowledge, wisdom, and riveting stories of those who have cooked this way for generations. A tremendous resource for all interested in the region's culinary culture, it is now reimagined with today's heightened interest in cultural-specific cooking and food-lovers culture in mind. This edition features new documentation, photographs, and recipes drawn from Foxfire's extensive archives while maintaining all the reminiscences and sharp humor of the amazing people originally interviewed.

Appalachian-born chef Sean Brock contributes a passionate foreword to this edition, witnessing to the book's spellbinding influence on him and its continued relevance. T. J. Smith, editor of the revised edition, provides a fascinating perspective on the book's original creation and this revision. They invite you to join Foxfire for the first time or once again for a journey into the delicious world of wild foods, traditional favorites, and tastes found only in Southern Appalachia.

My Thoughts on the Book
Now, this was a cookbook out of the ordinary. I liked that it was interviews, stories and such about the people, in addition to a great variety of unpretentious and easy recipes. It was also a nice touch that the book was broken town into sections like fire, wood stove, river, root cellar etc and that it included how things were done 150 years ago versus now. It's almost like reading a combined history and cookbook.

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