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The Best Cook in the World

Tales from My Momma's Table

by Rick Bragg

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  • Published Apr 2018
    512 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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A delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next.

In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.

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"Starred Review. Bragg's entertaining memoir is a testament that cooking and food still bind culture together." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. For readers who crave soul with their recipes (some 75 here), this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast slipping away." - Library Journal

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Rick Bragg Author Biography

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Rick Bragg (b. 1959) is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Ava's Man and All Over but the Shoutin'. He is also a regular contributor to Garden & Gun Magazine. He lives in Alabama.

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