Welcome aboard OverDrive’s eBook Culinary Tour of the American South! I hope ya’ll are hungry! We’ll be stopping at some of Dixie’s best local restaurants to experience good eats, fabulous recipes and secrets from the region’s homegrown cooks!

First stop is Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant in Staunton, VA. This small-town staple has been family-owned and serving up home cooked Southern favorites since 1947.  Save room for dessert! There’s Apple-Dapple Pie, Smoothest Ever Peanut Butter Pie, and Virginia’s Almost Impossible Coconut Pie. At home you can learn to master Mrs. Rowe’s perfect pie crust with step-by-step instructions in Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies.

Now let’s head down to Nashville, TN. We might just get lucky and bump into a celebrity at The Loveless Café! I can’t decide between the roasted butternut squash soup with cornbread croutons, the chicken and dumplings or the black-eyed pea and country ham chowder. Good thing I can make them all at home from Southern Country Cooking from the Loveless Café: Fried Chicken, Hams, and Jams from Nashville’s Favorite Café.

Our next stop is the South’s weirdest city, Ashville, NC. No trip to Ashville would be complete without a stop at the Tupelo Honey Café. Heavenly appetizers include baked goat cheese and smoked tomato dip with garlic crostini, crispy fried artichokes with oven-roasted tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette, and nut-crusted brie with cabernet balsamic-glazed figs. Make them for your next party with Tupelo Honey Café: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen.

We’re moving on to a place that I once called home for three years, the South Carolina Lowcountry. We’ll take a short drive from Charleston out to the Old Post Office Restaurant on Edisto Island. I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough fresh caught, southern cooked seafood! I’m dying to make something from Cooking in the Lowcountry from the Old Post Office Restaurant: Spanish Moss, Warm Carolina Nights, and Fabulous Southern Food. That subtitle says it all. For more authentic Lowcountry recipes, you may also want to try Seafood Favorites: Recipes from the Lowcountry and for a twist a South Carolina favorite, try Nathalie Dupree’s Shrimp and Grits.

On to Georgia! We’ve got a lot cover here. Our first stop will be The Lady & Sons Restaurant in Savannah and I can’t think of a better place to get started in Georgia than a restaurant owned and operated by Paula Deen! You can cook up your own versions of Paula’s buttery goodness at home with The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. On our way to Atlanta, we’ll stop by a local favorite restaurant, The Blue Willow Inn. Baked pineapple casserole, orange pecan glazed chicken and wild rice, and grits lasagna are few specialties you’ll find in The Blue Willow Inn Cookbook: Discover Why the Best Small-Town Restaurant in the South is in Social Circle, Georgia. Moving on to Atlanta, we’ll drop by The Flying Biscuit Café. How about watermelon and mint salad, Jack Daniel’s espresso black bean chili, or chocolate biscuit bread pudding with honey crème anglaise? Recipes can be found in The Flying Biscuit Café Cookbook.

Continuing on to our final destination, it’s time for southern BBQ! We’ll be stopping in Decatur, AL, for some BBQ of the world championship variety. Want to give it a go yourself? Be sure to use advice from Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book: Recipes and Secrets from a Legendary Barbecue Joint.  Mouthwatering recipes include grilled chops with apple-cranberry maple glaze, barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp with basil stuffing, pecan-crusted pork tenderloin pinwheels with Carolina mustard sauce, and that’s just the pork section.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Southern culinary eBook tour as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it! To continue the tour, log in to Content Reserve for a suggested title list of Southern Cookbooks and more great Southern restaurants!

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Karen Donovan is a collection development associate at OverDrive.

One Response to “Southern Fried eBooks”

  1. mrcd

    Great blog post! I felt like I was truly on a tour. All of the foods sound amazing, and I’m thinking I’ll make something hot and Southern one of these cold and Northern days!