Recipes from The Gift of Southern Cooking

The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock

Edna Lewis–whose The Taste of Country Cooking has become an American classic–and Alabama-born chef Scott Peacock pool their unusual cooking talents to give us this unique cookbook. What makes it so special is that it represents different styles of Southern cooking–Miss Lewis’s Virginia country cooking and Scott Peacock’s inventive and sensitive blending of new tastes with the Alabama foods he grew up on, liberally seasoned with Native American, Caribbean, and African influences. Together they have taken neglected traditional recipes unearthed in their years of research together on Southern food and worked out new versions that they have made their own.

A square of Edna Lewis's apple cake with caramel glaze on a white plate with a fork.

Edna Lewis’s Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze

Warmly spiced with a pudding-like texture, this apple cake from Edna Lewis is truly easy—just stir together by hand. And it’s unforgettable for reasons that have nothing to do with its ease.

  • (4)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 13
A man holding tongs in front of a skillet making southern pan-fried chicken, which is bubbling in the pan

Southern Pan-Fried Chicken

This recipe from the late, great Edna Lewis turns out skillet-fried chicken that’s perfectly seasoned, extra-crisp, and gosh darn beautiful in every way.

  • (3)
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 1 D
  • 11