I don't buy cookbooks very often. This is due to:
1) We have a pretty good stash.
2) I usually don't need no stinkin' recipe.
3) They cost money.
4) I can Google any dish and get 12,384 versions of the recipe.
Here is a cookbook I actually use. "Seasonal Florida, A Taste Of Life In North Florida" by Jo Manning. She and her sisters have put together a cookbook specifically targeted to traditional Pure Florida regional cooking. What makes it wonderful is not just the wide variety of traditional recipes, but the added cultural and historical bits that make the book a good read, even if you aren't in a cookin' mood.
I was going to post about it last year, but when I went to find a link for you, alas, it was out of print. At that point, I cancelled my post, ... why torture you with something unattainable?
Then, while Christmas shopping this past season , I found it!
Republished with real binding and more recipes!
This is an excellent book for you Floridaphiles or Floridacurious types. I can vouch for the authenticity of many of the recipes, because they match recipes handed down to me ... and y'all know how Floridifinous I am.
Seasonal Florida even shares sacred recipes like "Osteens" fried shrimp. Osteens is a small, plain restaurant in St. Augustine that every shrimpaholic knows has the best fried shrimp in a city of good fried shrimp chefs.
The book covers everything from "Hippocrite Bread" to "Possum And Taters".
My dilemma is, do I get the new version or stick with my old?
There's a bunch of new recipes in the new one ...
... and I did get that Barnes & Noble gift card for Christmas.