The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival
by Alexe Van Beuren and Dixie Grimes
The B.T.C. cookbook is not what I thought it would be. (B.T.C. stands for Be The Change) I was looking for simple home cooking that my grandma and relatives from the south used to make for us when my sister and I were kids. These recipes are more like you would find on one of the cooking channels for foodies.
This cookbook was very interesting to read. It had stories about the grocery store was opened in the small town of Water Valley, Mississippi. There are back stories about the recipies, the woman that created them and the people who live in Water Valley and come to the shop.
The recipes sound good but are not the type I would try to make myself. Most of them use a lot of ingredients, many of which are spices and seasonings. This makes many of them out of my price range for everyday meals. Others use ingredients I don't use such as lard. Many call for alcohol. There are also hard to find ingredients such as hoop cheese and regional items. I wish there were suggestions for substitutions listed to make things easier. All in all it was a beautiful book that I enjoyed reading but will probably never cook from.
I received this book for free from the publisher’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.