The first item of business in the book is to lay out his approach to food and what is most important to him. local first
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The photography by Rinne Allen is gorgeous and Hugh's doodles throughout add whimsy and charm. Unlike most cookbooks, I read it cover to cover. I have another cookbook like this, one of Irish recipes. When I brought it home and began to read, I made a cup of Irish breakfast tea and cozied up under a blanket. The writing and ingredients transported me to the foggy seaside and heathered hills. A New Turn in the South really puts into words the spirit of the south with innovative, yet simple recipes. It's not fussy but it's new--seasonal, southern ingredients with a twist. Vegetables play a large role as well as pickling. I love the anecdotes interspersed with the recipes and the homage to the main ingredient that heralds each ingredient list. I finished the book with a deep understanding of the sense of place I taste when I eat Hugh's food. It's a prize on my shelf, like the oysters of a chicken. (It also has a magnificent inscription)
Hopefully coming soon: A New Turn in the South II: This Time with Fiddleheads.