Title: Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less
Author: Rebecca Lang
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5
Quick-Fix Southern is a cookbook by Rebecca Lang, a contributing editor to Southern Living magazine, focusing on making a Southern meal in 30 minutes or less. While I love Southern food, I feel like it often takes a long time to prepare so I don’t make it often. Therefore I was really curious about this book.
The book is divided into multiple sections, starting out with the basics of Southern quick cooking, then moving onto the over 100 recipes included in the book. Lang gives the reader plenty of different types of recipes: breakfast (including some requisite grits recipes), drinks (of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties), picnics, busy weeknight dinners, casseroles, and more. The sheer variety of recipes is really pleasing, as even the pickiest of eaters will find something to like.
The cookbook is paperback, with soft pages that are easy to flip through. It doesn’t have the glossy pages with pictures I love. There aren’t pictures to accompany every recipe, and the ones it does have are sepia-toned black and white. However, it fits with the overall simplicity of the cookbook.
I made a Shrimp and Grits bake, which is one of our favorite dishes. I have made countless varieties of this meal, trying out every new recipe I see, and I’m pleased to say that Lang’s was one of our favorites. It was easy and the ingredients were simple, yet it had a few surprising twists that really made it appealing. Specifically, the addition of cream cheese into the the cheese grits really made for a unique taste. It provided a tartness and tang to offset the richness of the other types of cheese in the dish while making the grits creamy and luxurious.
I’m looking forward to trying many other dishes in Quick-Fix Southern. Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits, Shrimp and Roasted Red Pepper Quesadillas, Skirt Steak with Vidalia Onion Chimichurri – I can tell I’ll be using this cookbook a lot in the near future!