Southern Snacks

77 Recipes for Small Bites with Big Flavors

By Perre Coleman Magness

Photographs by Justin Fox Burks

184 pp., 7 x 9, 36 color plates, index, 77 recipes

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3672-6
    Published: September 2018
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-3669-6
    Published: August 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5414-8
    Published: August 2018

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This cookbook is dedicated to the truth that southerners are just as skilled and generous with the snack as they are with their bounteous, overflowing meals. In seventy-seven recipes that range from classic to contemporary, Perre Coleman Magness embraces the southern approach to snacking, including all the small bites you’ll need for any event, whether a football game, a party, or, if things are looking down, a funeral. Many of the recipes are inspired by southern community cookbooks, home cooks, and chefs who put new twists on southern flavors.

Highlighting local ingredients and traditional techniques, these snacks—from Fried Dill Pickles with Delta Comeback Sauce to Louisiana’s Natchitoches Meat Pies and Charleston’s Benne Wafers—shine a light on the diversity of regionally distinct southern cuisine. The contemporary recipes work ingeniously with familiar southern ingredients, from Field Pea Hummus and Country Ham Paté to Smoked Catfish Spread and Sweet Tea Pecans. The recipes are enriched with delightful stories and lore, along with thirty-six lush color photographs. Getting together with friends and family? You will never arrive empty-handed again.

About the Author

Perre Coleman Magness is the author of Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook and The Southern Sympathy Cookbook.

For more information about Perre Coleman Magness, visit the Author Page.


"A delightful addition to the pantheon of Southern cookbooks— an inspirational resource for home and professional cooks alike, brimming with ideas for bringing something different to the next get-together."—Foreword Reviews

"Anyone from south or north involved in party planning or catering will find plenty of inspiration here for passed hors d'oeuvres to seriously enliven any party, plain or fancy."—Booklist

"Offers more than 150 pages packed with ideas, so you'll never arrive to any occasion empty-handed."—FLAVORS

“WOW! As a southern snacker since birth, my taste buds just got an infusion of pleasure thanks to this wonderful collection of recipes curated by another hungry southerner, Perre Coleman Magness. I haven’t stopped eating these snacks since I got the book!”—Fred Thompson, author of Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides

“Essential! A witty compendium of superb recipes from the irresistible culinary world of southern snacks. Loving the food that southerners prepare for road trips, cookouts, and gatherings on the back porch— from spontaneous get-togethers to fancy parties— Perre Magness provides an abundance.”—Nancie McDermott, author of Fruit

“Southern Snacks celebrates dozens of the South’s greatest nibbles. With humor and insight, Perre Magness provides approachable recipes featuring plenty of variety and depth for many seasons of use with family and friends. A must for any southern—or nonsouthern—entertainer.”—April McGreger, author of Sweet Potatoes