Bourbon: A Savor the South Cookbook


Shop Notes:

Whenever I see Kathleen Purvis's name in print, I know for a fact that what I'm about to read is going to be honest, forthright, often funny, and always on point.  She is one of today's best and most authentic voices in Southern cuisine.  When you finish reading this book just Google her.  Look up her work on  If you have even a passing interest in Southern cuisine and culture, she's worth your time and attention.

And this particular book is another great example.

From Classic Mint Julep to Bourbon-Ginger Grilled Pork Tenderloin to Pecan Bourbon Balls to Bourbon-Chicken Liver Pate, the 54 recipes in Bourbon are punctuated by Purvis's wicked sense of humor. Did you know that even the taxman takes a cut from the "angel's share" that evaporates from bourbon barrels?  I didn't, but I do now.

From the Publisher:

In this spirited little cookbook, Kathleen Purvis explores the history, mythology, and culinary star power of this quintessential southern liquor. On the scene in Kentucky, home to most bourbon makers, she reports on the science and love behind the liquor's long, careful production. Featuring both classic and cutting-edge cocktails, the cookbook ranges well beyond beverages to present bourbon as a distinct ingredient in appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts.

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