Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Her Savannah Table
in 1943, A Young And Determined Sema Wilkes Took Over A Nondescript Turn-of-the-century Boardinghouse On A Sun-dappled Brick Street In Historic Downtown Savannah. Her Goal Was Modest: To Make A Living By Offering Comfortable Lodging And Southern Home Cooking Served Family Style In The Downstairs Dining Room. Mrs. Wilkes' Reputation Was Strong And Business Was Brisk From The Beginning, But It Was The Coverage In Esquire And The New York Times, And Even A Profile On David Brinkley's Evening News That Brought Southern-food Lovers From All Over The World To Her Doorstep. Sema Is Now 95 Years Old, And Four Generations Of Wilkeses Help Her Keep The Tables Laden With Platters Of Her Legendary Fried Chicken, Pork Ribs, And Biscuits, While Friends And Strangers Pass Bowls Brimming With Her Sublime Butterbeans, Collard Greens, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, And Banana Pudding. The Line Snakes Out The Front Door And Down The Street, Where Along With The Locals And Visitors, It's Not Uncommon To Find Jimmy Carter Or Roy Blount Jr. Among Other Familiar Faces Waiting For Their Turn At Mrs. Wilkes' Table. With Over 300 Recipes And Culinary Historian John T. Edge's Colorful Telling Of Mrs. Wilkes' Contribution To Savannah And Southern Cuisine, This Rich Volume Is A Tribute To A Way Of Cooking—and Eating— That Must Not Be Forgotten. • Recipient Of Southern Living's Reader's Choice Award 2000.• Mrs. Wilkes Won The 1999 James Beard “america's Regional Classics” Award.• Mrs. Wilkes' Self-published Recipe Book, Famous Recipes, Which Became The Foundation For Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook, Has Sold Over 250,000 Copies.• Illustrated Throughout With Over 50black-and-white Photographs From Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse And 25 Color Photos Of Her Classic Recipes.
ninety-four Year Old Sema Wilkes Has Been Running Her Boardinghouse In Savannah, Ga., Since 1943, Cooking Up Traditional Southern Favorites Biscuits, Collard Greens, Hush Puppies For A Clientele Of Gentlemen Farmers, Girl Scouts And Yankee Tourists. Indeed, The Remembrances Of Mrs. Wilkes And Her Family And Friends Are So Entertaining That The Book Is Best Approached As A Memoir/oral History Interrupted By Recipes For Soups, Casseroles, Fried Delights And Desserts. The Book Vividly Portrays A Few Of The Eatery's More Irregular Regulars, Including One Spanish Civil War Veteran Who, Always Arriving Via Tricycle, Ate There Every Weekday For Three Decades. Equally Well-rendered Are The Strong Women Who Have Helped Mrs. Wilkes In The Kitchen Throughout The Years, Including The Late Mildred Capers, Who Judged The Doneness Of Her Fried Chicken By The Sound Of The Oil In The Fryer. But It's Not Clear How Some Of These Dishes Would Fare Outside Of Mrs. Wilkes's Delightful Environs; The Fried Chicken Recipe Lists The Needed Ingredients: Flour, Evaporated Milk, Salt And Pepper, But Obviously, It Is The Context Southern Hospitality, Fresh Ingredients And An Experienced Kitchen Staff That Make It Special. Also, A Few Oddities Included In The Book Would Have Perhaps Been Best Left On The Boardinghouse Table A Tango Salad, For Instance, With Lemon Gelatin, Canned Pineapple And Pimentos. Nevertheless, This Is A Delightful Homage To Southern Life. (may) Forecast: The Continuing Interest In Southern Food, Along With An Ecstatic Blurb From Craig Claiborne, Should Help This Book's Sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Author: Wilkes, Sema.
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press
- Pages: 176
- Publication Date: 2001-05-09T00:00:01Z
- Binding: Hardcover
- MSRP: 29.99
- ISBN13: 9781580082570
- ISBN: 1580082572
- Other ISBN: 9780307807731
- Other ISBN Binding: printisbn
- Language: en_US
- Quality Rating: 1
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