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

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Vivian Howard, star of PBS's A CHEF'S LIFE, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina's coastal plain in more 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 alongside extraordinary meals from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer. 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 traditional ways of preserving food.

DEEP RUN ROOTS is the result of 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 more 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I am THRILLED with this book! This book is huge!
I opened it half an hour ago and devoured the first 65 pages immediately and had a hard time putting it down. I don't want to eat it all up at once :) This book is that good! Part diary, part memoir, part family and regional history which provides a very personal framework for this North Carolina recipe book. Although calling this a mere recipe book does not do it justice! It is so much more than that.

Some recipes (Stewed Fresh Butterbeans, Watermelon Rind Pickles) are an homage to tradition but of course Vivian has also gifted us with many recipes that have her distinctive modern twist (think Fried Green Tomatoes with Curried Peach Preserves & Whipped Feta or Boiler Room Butterbean Burger) this book is an incredible gift to the food obsessed and to the A Chefs Life obsessed! The best thing about it is that after I have read it cover to cover I get to pore over it again and again as I cook everything! I will post... Read more
As a fan of Chef Vivian Howard's PBS show, A Chef’s Life, I have been anticipating her cookbook. As a collector of cookbooks, I have seen the best. Howard's cookbook surpasses them all. This is a book that demands you take time to read every page. As she says this is a storybook as well as a cookbook. Learning about Vivian Howard's life as a child in Deep Run, NC, and then her college life and move to NYC to find her way. She happened onto a job as a waiter and with a mentor found her love of food. She also found her husband and they moved back to Deep Run to open their own restaurant. This is all documented in this cookbook interspersed with recipes and Vivian's Rules and Words of Wisdom in each chapter.

The chapters are ordered on what is personal to Vivian, and the story she had to tell. Each chapter is a surprise full of goodness and wonderful stories. There are 564 pages, this is a big storybook/cookbook and well worth every single penny. There are 240 recipes... Read more
565 pages of pure joy. We'll visit Deep Run, N.C. if for no other reason than dining at Chef and the Farmer. A Chef's Life is one of the very best programs on T.V. We record every broadcast to share with our friends so it was more than a pleasure to see how extraordinary this cookbook trul;y is. With over three hundred cookbooks in our kitchen library, this cookbook will get a lot of use. This is the type of home cooking we'll enjoy the most. Each page is like watching an original broadcast and it comes alive like few other books are able. This book reflects the amazing amount of time that it obviously took to create and demonstrates true dedication to creating the perfect meal. The photographs are a real joy to look at and they depart an excellent sense of what a cook strives to create.

I'll be buying many copies this Christmas to give as gifts to friends that enjoy great food.
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