14 January 2011

Southern Ground



I love Southern Ground. Now I know you know I love Southern cookbooks. And you probably know I love tunes, especially that Americana/y’alternative rooted in the South. Southern Ground is a cookbook written by a fave band, the Zac Brown Band.

Now Zac can sing and he can cook.



I love Southern Ground for another reason – it is a great and unusual design. Instead of heading out to a mainstream publisher, they chose a different route. Printed on heavy card stock, every double page spread features pictures and writings by the band and a recipe. Each recipe is printed on a white 3 x 5 recipe card tucked into a glassine envelope. It’s the kind of book a mainstream publisher would dismiss as a hassle.



The recipes are standard Southern fare, greens, Brunswick Stew, deviled eggs, stewed okra and of course…

Sharp Cheddar Pimento Cheese

1 lb sharp cheddar cheese, medium grated
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1 (4oz) can roasted red pepper, dices
3/4 cup prepared mayonnaise
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature

Grate sharp cheddar cheese into a large bowl.
Add all ingredients and mix well. You won’t need salt because of the sharp cheddar has enough.


The best news...this is Volume 1. Check out a copy at the Zac Brown Band web site.

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