Recipes from Meals, Music, and Muses

Meals, Music & Muses Cookbook

Iconic chef and world-renowned opera singer Alexander Smalls marries two of his greatest passions―food and music―in Meals, Music, and Muses. More than just a cookbook, Smalls takes readers on a delicious journey through the South to examine the food that has shaped the region. Each chapter is named for a type of music to help readers understand the spirit that animates these recipes.

Complete with anecdotes of Smalls’s childhood in the Low Country and examinations of Southern musical tradition, Meals, Music, and Muses is a heritage cookbook in the tradition of Edna Lewis’s A Taste of Country Cooking.

A close up of two serving spoons in a bowl of corn, lima beans, chopped peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes, dressed with parsley, mint, and dressing.

Succotash Salad

If you took all the best summer veggies, chopped ’em up and dressed them in a liltingly sweet and tangy dressing, you’d end up with this stunning salad.

A bowl mounded with potato salad with sweet pickle relish.

Potato Salad with Sweet Pickle Relish

A simple Southern classic from Alexander Smalls, this has all the potato salad ingredients as well as relish to give it that elusive balance of tangy and ever so slightly sweet.