“Cornbread? I LOVE cornbread!” For six years, that’s the response Crescent Dragonwagon got when people asked her what she was writing about.
Workman Publishing Company
On Sale: November 23, 2007
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“Cornbread? I LOVE cornbread!” For six years, that’s the
response Crescent Dragonwagon got when people asked her what
she was writing about. Over time, she came to understand:
Not only is hot, just baked cornbread delicious, it
evokes—powerfully—the heart, soul, and taste of home.
There is an abundance of satisfying cornbreads, as Crescent
discovered when she followed the cornbread trail from the
Appalachians to the Rockies to the Green Mountains.
Traveling to family reunions, potlucks, tortilleras,
stone-grinding mills, and the National Cornbread Festival in
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, she heard the stories, tasted
the breads, learned the secrets. Join her in this
overflowing cornucopia: over 200 irresistible recipes for
cornbreads, muffins, fritters, pancakes, and go-withs.
Cornbreads from below the Mason-Dixon line (Skillet-Sizzled
Buttermilk Cornbread, Truman Capote’s Family’s Alabama
Cornbread) meet those from above (Durgin-Park Boston
Cornbread, Vermont Maple-Sweetened Cornbread). Southwestern
offerings—Chou-Chou’s Dallas Hot Stuff Cornbread, delectable
homemade tamales, and tortillas from scratch—meet
internationals like India’s Makki Ki Roti. A Thanksgiving
with Crescent’s Sweet-Savory Cornbread Dressing is
rapturous. Desserts like Very Lemony Gorgeous Cornmeal Pound
Cake make any meal exceptional.
Along with this, Crescent gives us the greens, the beans,
the salads, stews, and soups that accompany cornbread to
perfection. And she tells us the stories, too. Enthusiastic
and heartfelt, this thoughtful, exuberant love song to
America’s favorite breadstuff and all that goes with it will
embrace readers and cooks everywhere.
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