Victuals


A sweet treat arrived in my mailbox today.  I have been waiting for the cookbook, "Victuals", to arrive for a few days.  Published several months ago, author Ronni Lundy aims to show Appalachia some love with stories and recipes that showcase all that is good and true about this region.  



The book covers the typical topics of beans, corn, and greens, but also the deep history and traditions that go along with these foods.  Summertime moments spent breaking beans underneath a shade tree in my Mama Bird's front yard came to mind while reading this book. Getting a, "mess", of beans on a newspaper spread in your lap to work with, all the while talking and working.   Also, the white cornbread from my Grannie Lucille's kitchen.  Not the sweet, yellow kind found in most grocery stores.  Cornbread with flavor, and a bit of bitterness, that I don't find much anymore.  

I could go on and on about the food in this book, but I should also point out that it is as much a history book as a food book.   History that points out the negative stereotypes that go along with Appalachia.  Not only do we have the stereotypes working today, we also have socio-economic problems plaguing this region.  It's refreshing to read something so positive, and so true about a region so fine.  

It doesn't hurt that many of the photographs look like they were taken down the road from my own farm.  





Comments

  1. Hello, the cook book sound interesting! My hubby loves corn bread! Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day!

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  2. Looks like a good read. Vittles, some called them :)

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  3. Looks like a wonderful book. I loved snapping beans with my grandmother on a hot summer day. xo Laura

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  4. Sounds like what I attempt to cook. I raise the hickory king corn from the 1850s and it grinds a coarse white corn bread with a real corn taste, not the sweet, almost cake like bread that modern mixes produce. I like it with a pot of beans that I soak overnight and cook with a little fat pork that my grandmother called streaked meat. I also use an old variety of pole bean that has a different flavor as well. We had a variety of greens growing up that was a welcome sign of spring.

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  5. Reading something positive is always good. There is already enough negativity out there. My wife and I used to work with Alaska Natives and they were always looked upon with the negative eye. Their problems were always the news. It gets tiresome reading the same old stuff.
    Hope you enjoy your new book.

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  6. What a joy to read & learn & relive the history of your area!

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  7. Lovin' it....your commentary and the whole concept of the book itself!!

    Also, adore your mama's and your passport photo for Mother's Day.

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  8. I love a cookbook with stories of the people from the area. Tidbits and Tales
    MB

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  9. That looks like a wonderful cookbook! The dish on the cover reminds me of one of my favorite things my mom made when she had a garden, "Creamed new potatoes and peas". A buttery cream sauce and the earthy flavor of fresh dug little potatoes and just ready to eat peas. I spent many times shelling peas with my mom and sister. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Sounds like a great cookbook. It is so nice when a cookbooks have stories about the food and history.

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  11. It sounds like a wonderful book and one that you will love for a long time. The idea of recipes tied to people and places - people and places that you know and love is about as good as it gets!

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  12. What a fun find - I can understand why you would be so excited to read it!

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  13. sounds like an interesting book

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful cookbook and bit of local history. I love regional cookbooks - they have the best recipes. I read all the Foxfire books back in the day. I still have a couple. x Karen

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  15. Sounds like a great book . . .
    Thanks for mentioning . . .

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  16. That's very interesting cookbook...I love cookbook with stories.. I love to read those stories, rather the recipes, That's little secret don't tell anyone.. :D

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  17. A different way to present a cook book with history and stories! very interesting!

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  18. It's really nice when the cookbook has more then just recipes in it. This one looks really nice.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  19. That looks like something I will have to read. Thanks for the intro.

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  20. Looks like a very fun book to have!

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  21. Hello Michelle!:) Nice to see you today.:) Your new cook book sounds like a great find, combining recipes with some history of your area. I hope you enjoy reading it, and show us some of the meals you cooked using the recipes.:)

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  22. What a treat .. it looks like a wonderful book made even more so by the memories it evokes for you Michelle 😊

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  23. I believe I would love to read this book - think I'll find it on amazon.

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  24. That looks like an awesome cookbook...not only to try out the recipes but to read about the history behind them!

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  25. This sounds like an interesting cookbook, Michelle. I love reading the story behind a recipe that has been handed down through many generations.

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  26. I am in the middle of reading this wonderful book. I am a Kentucky girl in her 50's and still learning about my homestate. This book is not only a cookbook but it shares a deep history of the life in Kentucky. Totally worth buying and would be a great gift to share with others.

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