Sunday, November 13, 2022

Add Some Southern Flare to You Cooking with "Southern Grit: 100+ Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Cook" from 2016 Top Chef Winner, Kelsey Barnard Clark (Review)

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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I was so excited when I saw that Kelsey Barnard Clark had a Southern cookbook, as I was a huge fan of hers when she competed and won Top Chef back in 2016, and loved her cooking style.  Based on my blog's title, you can see that I have a love for Savannah, GA -- hence the name of my first daughter, Savannah.  My husband and I fell in love Savannah, GA when we first visited there in 2004, and quickly made it our frequented travel destination, going a few times a year. We haven't been back since our girls were born in 2010 and 2011, but that doesn't mean I don't dream about going back. I really want to bring my girls and show them why my daughter got her name, and let them experience true Southern cooking and hospitality.  For now, though, I love recreating Southern dishes I enjoyed while traveling in that area year ago, as well as try my hand at new dishes to share with my family.

Thanks to the kind folks at Chronicle Books, I was sent a copy of "Southern Grit" to review and feature in my 12th annual holiday gift guide. For the past couple of weeks I have been making over a dozen recipes in this Southern cookbook, which contains over 100+ recipes.  From Happy Hour Bites and Sips to main entrees including seafood, poultry, beef and pork, and even breads and pastries, this cookbook is chock pull of mouth water recipes that are sure to delight fans of Southern cooking.   Just this morning I whipped up the banana nut bread recipe in this book, and by mid afternoon it was gone. Everyone kept going back for seconds and thirds, until it was gone.  And, tonight I am planning to make the Church Barnard's Spaghetti Sauce recipe, which was a hit in my house when I made it last week.  Before dinner was done, my husband was asking if I could make this weekly.  And, my girls seconded his request! 

If you love cookbooks, or have always wanted to try making authentic Southern comfort food, then you will definitely want to check out "Southern Grit" by Kelsey Barnard Clark.  I have not been disappointed with the recipes I have made so far from this cookbook, and have 60+ more recipes flagged to make.

More about this cookbook:

"A modern take on Southern cooking with 100+ accessible Southern recipes and hospitality tips, from Kelsey Barnard Clark, 2016 Top Chef winner and Fan Favorite. 

From preeminent chef, multitasking mom, proud Southerner, and 2016 Top Chef winner Kelsey Barnard Clark comes this fresh take on Southern cooking and entertaining. 

In Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark presents more than 100 recipes that are made to be shared with family and friends. Indulge your loved ones in delicious modern Southern meals, including Bomb Nachos, Savannah Peach Sangria, Roasted Chicken and Drippin’ Veggies, and six variations of Icebox Cookies. 

Featuring beautifully styled shots of finished dishes and the Southern home style, as well as Kelsey Barnard Clark’s tips for stocking the pantry, entertaining with ease, and keeping your house guest-ready (with or without toddlers).

Readers of Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines and Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon, fans of Kelsey Barnard Clark and her stint on Top Chef, and any home cooks who love cooking and serving Southern food, have a young family, and like to host guests will appreciate these modern homemaking tips, the approachable instruction, and the contemporary repertoire of recipes that brim with flavors of the Deep South.

SOUTHERN FOOD IS PERENNIALLY POPULAR: With 100 simple recipes that cover all occasions, plus entertaining tips throughout the book, Southern Grit has wide-ranging appeal for the broad audience of people who love Southern flavors.

TOP CHEF WINNER & FAN FAVORITE: Kelsey is a self-branded "spicy Joanna Gaines." Her personality and talent were showcased on Top Chef, leading her to win the title of Fan Favorite in addition to winning the season overall—only the second time in 16 seasons that that's happened."

Perfect for:

  • Fans of TOP CHEF and Kelsey Barnard Clark
  • Southerners and fans of Southern cooking
  • Home cooks who like to host and entertain
  • Home cooks with young families


About the Author:

Kelsey Barnard Clark is a spicy Southern chef and mother hailing from Dothan, Alabama. After two years of parent-mandated real college, Kelsey left the Deep South to learn from world-class chefs at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She fine-tuned her skills in Manhattan's top restaurants, CafĂ© Boulud and Dovetail, before returning to her roots in Alabama to launch her catering business and restaurant, now known as KBC. Recently, Kelsey competed in Top Chef Season 16—nine months after having her first child. She became the fourth woman and first Southerner to win the Top Chef title. In addition, she became the second person in sixteen seasons to win both the title and Fan Favorite.

 Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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