This is a fun first edition cookbook from 1979 with many recipes that were popular during the 1970s and a light sprinkling of regional favorites. In general, I find the charitable cookbooks from larger cities tend to have a wider variety of cuisines and levels of difficulty. This isn't a bad thing per se, as it just adds to the enjoyment. I will note this book does have one of the earlier (and spicier) versions of Jezebel Sauce than I've seen in quite a while. Another recipe for "Blackbirds" might cause some eyebrows to raise at your next dinner party. And you'll have to pardon me now, because the recipe for "Gingerbread with Maple Cream" is calling my name...
From the Publisher:
Our forebearers brought to this country a knowledge of sensible, life-sustaining food. They combined that knowledge with the bounty from Georgia soil and called it "Southern Cooking."
The native Indians added appreciation of the gifts of the woods and waters.
Country folks taught us that good food shared with good friends is reason enough for a celebration.
Shy mountain women proved to us that food speaks clearly of love when the tongue cannot.
City sophisticates helped us find creative expression in cooking for the sheer fun of it.
As Atlanta grew from country crossroad beginnings to become the major city of the New South, people from every corner of the world came to share the spirit of this alwaus new city. Each individual brings a totally unique culinary heritage, whether an exotic ingredient from some faraway place or simply "the way Mama always did it." Formerly foreign words, curry and cumin, pita and pasta, stir-fry and strudel, have become common kitchen vocabular. We still call it Southern Cooking because the basic Southern components of freshness, abundance, and hospitality are always present!
We invite people into our homes and to mark special occasions or we simply share the warm companionship of time and food together. Whatever our reasons for entertaining, food shared with friends must be our best; cooked with love, served with style.
Wherever you cook, there's a phrase for it:
In the city, it's puttin' on the ritz.
In the country, it's puttin' on the dog.
In some places in between, it's puttin' on your best bib and tucker.
In Atlanta, it's PUTTIN' ON THE PEACHTREE!
It speaks of entertaining people you care about and doing it well.
It's Dining In. Atlanta Style.
Condition: Very good, some moisture marks on front page and Table of Contents