Before the Blue Ridge Parkway snaked its way through the mountains, most Appalachian settlers lived on self-contained homesteads rather than in cities or towns. Often separated from their neighbors by miles of difficult terrain, these hardy pioneers quickly found that their survival depended on their ability to make use of every available resource. What followed was a study in creative independence.
The Taste of Appalachia contains authentic mountain recipes grouped under five main headings: From the Oven, Appalachian Main Meals, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Eggs and Cheese, and Homecoming Desserts.
Included in the work are such recipes as Country Pumpkin Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Grandma's Sweet Potatoes, Farmhouse Omelet, Nana Jim's Rice Pudding, and more.
Notes on Folk Remedies, Mountain Superstitions, Historical Notes, and Natural Phenomena add interest to this book.
- Hank Kellner, May 2013
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