Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South

Deep Run Roots Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South Vivian Howard star of PBS s A CHEF S LIFE celebrates the flavors of North Carolina s coastal plain in than recipes and stories This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food o

  • Title: Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South
  • Author: Vivian Howard
  • ISBN: 9780316381109
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Vivian Howard, star of PBS s A CHEF S LIFE, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina s coastal plain in than 200 recipes and stories.This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food of Deep Run, North Carolina Vivian s home is as rich as any culinary tradition in the world Organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level from beginnVivian Howard, star of PBS s A CHEF S LIFE, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina s coastal plain in than 200 recipes and stories.This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food of Deep Run, North Carolina Vivian s home is as rich as any culinary tradition in the world Organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level from beginners to confident cooks DEEP RUN ROOTS features time honored simple preparations, extraordinary meals from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer, and recipes that bring new traditions to life Home cooks will find photographs for every single recipe.As much a storybook as it is a cookbook, DEEP RUN ROOTS imparts the true tale of Southern food rooted in family and tradition, yet calling out to the rest of the world.Ten years ago, Vivian opened Chef and the Farmer and put the nearby town of Kinston on the culinary map But in a town paralyzed by recession, she couldn t hop on every new culinary trend Instead, she focused on rural development If you grew it, she d buy it Inundated by local sweet potatoes, blueberries, shrimp, pork, and beans, Vivian learned to cook the way generations of Southerners before her had, relying on resourcefulness, creativity, and the old ways of preserving foodEP RUN ROOTS is the result of those years of effort to discover the riches of Eastern North Carolina Like The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, The Art of Simple Food, and The Taste of Country Cooking before it, this is landmark work of American food writing.Recipes include Family favorites like Blueberry BBQ Chicken, Creamed Collard Stuffed Potatoes, Fried Yams with Five Spice Maple Bacon Candy, Chicken and Rice, and Country Style Pork Ribs in Red Curry Braised Watermelon,Crowd pleasers like Butterbean Hummus, Tempura Fried Okra with Ranch Ice Cream, Pimiento Cheese Grits with Salsa and Pork Rinds, Cool Cucumber Crab Dip, and Oyster Pie,Show stopping desserts like Warm Banana Pudding, Peaches and Cream Cake, Spreadable Cheesecake, and Pecan Chewy Pie,And 200 quick breakfasts, weeknight dinners, holiday centerpieces, seasonal preserves, and traditional preparations for all kinds of cooks Interior photographs by Rex Miller Jacket photograph by Stacey Van Berkel Photography Illustrations by Tatsuro Kiuchi.

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    • Mischenko says:


    • Kim says:

      First-- watch A Chefs Life on PBS. We are big fans. Then, if you love cooking AND story buy this cookbook. It's my favorite and I have looked through hundreds and hundreds that didn't inspire. It is art.

    • Cori says:

      I love reading cookbooks that have stories sprinkled among the recipes, but there are more than just a few stories here. The author of Deep Run Roots writes of her childhood food memories and shares a ton of food history. If you love Vivian Howard’s public television show, A Chef’s Life, you will love this cookbook. My favorite chapters in her book are Turnips, Pecans, Figs, Tomatoes and Beets. Being a vegetarian, I was happy to see that a great deal of her book is fruit and vegetable-driven [...]

    • Rachel says:

      My sister-in-law got this for Christmas and I binge read it. My husband and I have watched A Chef's Life on PBS and always loved Vivian's food style. It always felt like she respected the Southern starting point without going off the foodie deep end. This cookbook did not disappoint in terms of both amazing recipes and bare-all stories of regret. I found myself connecting with a lot of what she said. Particularly about having one foot in the South and one foot in another more cosmopolitan world [...]

    • Pamela says:

      I would have given this cookbook 5 stars for the recipes alone, which are unique, pretty easy to execute, and tasty as hell. But then Vivian goes the extra mile and writes moving essays to introduce every chapter / ingredient, and I found myself dogearing my favorite passages and underlining the sentences I most wanted to remember. That's the first time I've ever done that in a cookbook!

    • Jenn says:

      Read every word of the text and loved it. Feel like I know Vivian so much better and understand her relationship with her parents and siblings. Feel fortunate to have a boss who reminds me of this woman! The recipes are not things I'd make at home, but I've loved eating them at her restaurants.

    • Alissa Nasti says:

      Moving writing and drool worthy recipes that are achievable and unpretentious. Vivian's the best!

    • Kate Cronin says:

      I adored this cookbook. Love, love loved it. Want to make every single recipe well maaaybeee not the okra onesrry Viv! If you watch her PBS show you will already recognize her family, friends and teachers, and you will recognize how Vivian developed these recipes. The book is structured around ingredients, one per chapter, which is very much in the vein of how Vivian runs her restaruant. The restaurant is The Chef and the Farmer and is in eastern North Carolina, where she works with local farmer [...]

    • Susan Webb says:

      I have enjoyed watching Vivian's show on PBS. I was eager to read her cookbook and find out more about her. There were things I read that made me think, wow, how will her parents, her neighbors or friends feel when they read that about themselves or what they do? Still, it was a pretty good read. The Collard Kraut story was interesting, though, I don't think I would have tried it based on the description! Some of the recipes were interesting, but a lot were down right strange. But, it is good to [...]

    • Farrah says:

      This is such a great book. There's history, personal anecdotes, and recipes that a month ago I never would have thought about making. If you like Vivian Howard on "A Chef's Life" then I highly recommend this book for you. I could hear her voice in the passages.

    • Christine says:

      I adored her stories in this cookbook.

    • Glenn says:

      Its not so much the recipes (which by themselves are great), its the stories and tales that are attached to the food. All of a sudden I'm fascinated with cookbooks that tell stories about the region, the food and the people connected to a certain cuisine.Up next - Taste of Persia

    • Mary says:

      A Christmas present to myself. Long-time fan of the show. I hope to one day partake of a meal at Chef and the Farmer. Until then, this well-crafted book of love and industry will more than do. Thank you Vivian. Thank you Ben.

    • Mary says:

      Just skimmed over this one this week (it is huge!!). What an interesting read! Beautiful stories that remind me of my small Southern hometown and a lot of beautiful, traditional Southern dishes.

    • Michael says:

      Excellent resource. I have followed Vivian for a long time, actually since she started on PBS and this book is such a nice reflection of her new life in North Cacalacky!

    • Megan Meyer says:

      A fun and informative read. Can't wait to start cooking through the recipes!

    • Mary says:

      What the cookbook is/does well: Storytelling and a 570-ish page ode to the Coastal Plain of North CarolinaWhat the cookbook is not: Organized for quick reference.Who this book is best suited for: Anyone who loves stories with their supper and food anthropologists, novice or expert.Three words to sum it up: Respectfully & Freshly FamiliarI was going to write a review of this cookbook, which I have been anticipating since I caught wind of its publication, but I cannot possibly write an unbiase [...]

    • Jessica says:

      I wasn't familiar with Vivian Howard before finding this book, but I love a good Southern cookbook. I liked how she organized the book not by type of recipe, but by the main ingredient - everything from okra to eggs, peaches to pecans. At the beginning of each chapter/ingredient Howard gives a few page introduction to that ingredient from her past or perspective. Howard grew up in the small town of Deep Run, NC and couldn't wait to get OUT. But, eventually she and her husband come back and decid [...]

    • Nicole says:

      I absolutely loved reading Deep Run Roots. It's a glorious combination of memoir, recipes and deep ingredient knowledge. The ingredients in each chapter form a cast of characters as rich in personality as Vivian's friends and family, and almost as rich as Vivian herself. Deep Run Roots has not only inspired me to try cooking the ingredients of Eastern North Carolina, it has inspired me to try growing some of them (the few that will grow in north central British Columbia, mostly collards, turnips [...]

    • Kimberly says:

      Great book with interesting stories. If you like her cooking show, which I do very much, you will love the book. I don't know that I would make an awful lot of these recipes, but the history and the stories really make the book special. Some of the recipes are similar to things my mother made when I was a kid in Tennessee. Brings back memories. All that being said, I think the book is entirely too long. I don't know if she intends this as her one and only cookbook, but I think it could've easily [...]

    • Karen Baldwin says:

      Absolutely love this cookbook. I was enamored of the PBS cooking series Vivian did, love her sense of humor, and there are plenty of recipes I can't wait to try. Will start with the sweet potato-onion bread and maybe some butter bean burgers!

    • Amy Beth says:

      4.5 stars. Beautiful cookbook. Great stories. Every recipe I tried worked and was delicious. If you're a fan of her show, you should get this.

    • Elizabeth Palmer says:

      Did not expect a cookbook to contain such poignant essays! Vivian fully embraces her region, Eastern North Carolina, and her family's place in it. Captivating!

    • Lee says:

      I really enjoyed reading this cookbook part because there was so much interesting information (aside from the recipes) to read. The author does a lovely job weaving together a personal narrative and cooking insight; and she does it all with a great sense of humor and style. Her writing is so engaging that I even liked reading about the foods that I absolutely don't eat, such as oysters.The only reason I didn't all-out love this cookbook is that there were very few - in fact, barely any - recipes [...]

    • Don says:

      This is not a typical recipe book. It is large format, think coffee table book, and it is richly illustrated with wonderful photographs. Thick and heavy with heavy high quality paper pages that are a pleasure to turn. You won't want to hide this on a shelf.Deep Run Roots is organized not by category but by food. So there is not a vegetable, meat, dairy, etc. organization; it is organized by food stuff such as squash or beet or corn, with all the recipes related to that. Each recipe is a vehicle [...]

    • Josh Hereth says:

      A cookbook organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level and created from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer, Deep Run Roots features pure beauty in two hard covers. Each chapter starts with the story of how that ingredient relates to Howard's life and how she has come to love it in her cooking and it's attachment to Eastern North Carolina cuisine. This is simply one of those beautiful things that doesn't come around very often and when it does, it tends to not be app [...]

    • Emily Schmader says:

      Vivian Howard’s cookbook is part cookbook, part memoir. Each chapter covers a specific food/food group (ie, sweet potatoes or sausage or tomatoes.) She recounts the ways in which that food has influenced her life or some funny anecdote about how she came to love it. Then, each recipe within the chapter comes with a snippet of story/notes. I truly enjoyed this format. If you are a fan of her PBS show, you will eat this book up! It’s like a behind the scenes take on everything that makes her s [...]

    • sandra says:

      Received this as a birthday gift. This book is huge! Marking as read because I've read it all, but I have not tried many of the recipies. I love that it has all these stories tied into the recipes, but I do wonder (like someone else's review) how her friends and family feel after reading about themselves in this very Vivian kinda way. There are chapters that I feel I won't venture into-like the okra chapter, but we'll see. Maybe I'll Vivian's words will convince me to cook my way out of my comfo [...]

    • Shelley Bainter says:

      How many times have you read a cookbook from cover to cover? Vivian's written a book of great stories about the people, ingredients, recipes, and traditions of a place. I loved reading stories about those things and was pleasantly surprised about how approachable the recipes are. As I was reading, I kept making mental notes about recipes to go back and try until there became so many that I stopped keeping track. The recipes I've made so far have been do-able and tasty. Deep Run Roots has become [...]

    • Carolyn Feltus-atkinson says:

      More than just a great cookbook, this is an insight into the south. I love her show and this is just a wonderful extension of it. I spent my childhood visiting a similar farm in eastern NC so much of my love is from that connection, but I think everyone who loves food and family stories would love it. I read it like a novel with beautiful pictures - cover to cover. See ya at the restaurant some day Vivian and Ben.

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