a Savor the South cookbook

By Kathleen Purvis

104 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, index

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3579-1
    Published: September 2012
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7748-4
    Published: August 2023
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-3747-4
    Published: September 2012
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-4007-3
    Published: September 2012

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"Show me a recipe with pecans, and I have to try it." Attributing her own love of this American nut to the state of her birth--Georgia is the nation's leader in growing pecans--and to the happy fact that her mother "hardly made a cookie, candy, or pan of Sunday dressing without them," Kathleen Purvis teaches readers how to find, store, cook, and completely enjoy this southern delicacy. Pecans includes fifty-two recipes, ranging from traditional to inventive, from uniquely southern to distinctly international, including Bourbon-Orange Pecans, Buttermilk-Pecan Chicken, Pecan Pralines, and Leche Quemada.

In addition to the recipes, Purvis delights readers with the pecan's culinary history and its intimate connections with southern culture and foodways. Headnotes for the recipes offer humorous personal stories as well as preparation tips such as how to choose accompanying cheeses.

About the Author

Kathleen Purvis is the author of Pecans and Bourbon in the Savor the South series as well as Distilling the South, a travel guide to Southern craft distilleries, all from UNC Press. A longtime journalist and the former food editor of the Charlotte Observer, she is currently a freelance writer in Charlotte. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Imbibe, and Our State.
For more information about Kathleen Purvis, visit the Author Page.


"A book for readers who can't get enough of pecans."--Library Journal

"The food editor of the Charlotte Observer, Purvis follows a familiar format with 52 recipes, a chatty preface, and conversational notes about every dish. Who could not laugh out loud over [Purvis’s] story of a consumer looking for pecan meats, insistent that just plain old pecans wouldn’t do?"--Booklist

"SAVOR THE SOUTH--designed to give Dixie’s most time-honored ingredients their due."--Garden & Gun

"[Pecans and Buttermilk] are clearly written and easy to follow. . . . Both books offer an enticing mix of recipes."--Baton RougeAdvocate

"Make it Southern. [SAVOR THE SOUTH] explores and celebrates Southern ingredients and cooking."--Raleigh News & Observer

"Recipes are well-written, easy to follow, and broken into nice, neat chapters. . . . Pack this little book in a box. . . and ship it to your favorite cook. You'll be a holiday hero."--Austin Chronicle

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