Sean Brock’s South by Sean Brock
Sean Brock’s South is an exciting collection of traditional Southern recipes with a twist. I loved the in-depth introduction from Brock explaining his life-long deep appreciation and exploration of Southern food and culture.
“Eating in the moment was the way we ate when I was growing up in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, although we were doing so because it was natural and made sense. This concept continues to be my guiding light when creating and cooking food for my guests.” *
Striking photos by Peter Frank Edwards create a mood and atmosphere reflective of the recipes.
South is divided into nine sections and include many Southern staples like grilled/fried okra, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and hot water cornbread. Brock offers some great tips in his recipes and also provides ingredient sources (compiled into a helpful list at the end of the book).
I eat seasonally so receiving an advance copy of this book in the summer has made for an incredible experience. So far I’ve tested the fried okra, cheeseburgers with special sauce, and fried green tomatoes.
I’m looking forward to chilled summer squash soup with buttermilk and sunflower seeds, pit cooked chicken sandwiches, and peanut butter chess pie in the near future!
Many of the recipes are time intensive and require planning ahead. Some ingredients will require more than a quick trip to the grocery store or to your garden.
For beginners, a lot of these recipes could look intimidating with long ingredient lists, and frustrating to many for items not commonly stocked in the average pantry (even in the South).
While South will not be used often for quick weeknight meals, it will offer some unique dishes when you have time to devote to cooking.
Thanks to Artisan Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Sean Brock’s South is scheduled for release on October 15, 2019.
*Quote included is from a digital advanced reader’s copy and is subject to change upon final publication.