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Authors : Sema Wilkes [ May 9, 2001 | Print Length : 176 Pages ] Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook

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Download free books PDF | ePub | Mobi Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook a book Sema Wilkes. A historical cookbook with more than 300 recipes from a pioneer of Southern cuisine. 

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.

With over 300 recipes, photos from the boardinghouse, 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
Winner of the 1999 James Beard “America's Regional Classics” Award

 

 

 

 

 

 


Book Review:

Apr 02, 2001 – 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.

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Book Summary
A historical cookbook with more than 300 recipes from a pioneer of Southern cuisine. 

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.

With over 300 recipes, photos from the boardinghouse, 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
Winner of the 1999 James Beard “America's Regional Classics” Award

 

 

 

 

 

 
Title:Mrs. Wilkes' Boardinghouse Cookbook
Authors:Sema Wilkes
Category: Regional & Ethnic
Published: May 09, 2001
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
Print Length: 176 Pages
File Size:21.11MB
Tags: wilkes', boardinghouse, cookbook


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