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Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counte Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counter is piled high with sweets like Peach Fried Pies as well as seasonal produce, local milk, and freshly baked bread. “Be the Change” has always been the store’s motto, and that’s just what it has done. What started as a place to meet and eat is now so much more, as the grocery has become the heart of a now-bustling country town. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook shares 120 of the store’s best recipes, giving home cooks everywhere a taste of the food that brought a community together, sparking friendships, reviving traditions, and revitalizing an American Main Street.


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Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counte Locals go to the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi, for its Skillet Biscuits and Sausage Gravy breakfasts, made-to-order chicken salad and spicy Tex-Mex Pimiento Cheese sandwiches, and daily specials like Shrimp and Grits that are as good as momma made. The B.T.C.’s freezers are stocked with take-home Southern Yellow Squash Casseroles and its counter is piled high with sweets like Peach Fried Pies as well as seasonal produce, local milk, and freshly baked bread. “Be the Change” has always been the store’s motto, and that’s just what it has done. What started as a place to meet and eat is now so much more, as the grocery has become the heart of a now-bustling country town. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook shares 120 of the store’s best recipes, giving home cooks everywhere a taste of the food that brought a community together, sparking friendships, reviving traditions, and revitalizing an American Main Street.

30 review for The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mississippi Library Commission

    Don't you just love a cookbook that's more than a cookbook? Most cookbooks just impart recipes, and recipes only, leaving them as bland as a tomato sandwich without any mayonnaise. This cookbook, though, evokes the heart of small-town America, with the stories, advice, pure heart, and recipes of Water Valley, Mississippi's B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery. We recommend the baked grits casserole and the chocolate buttermilk cake--yum--but really, you should just try them all! Don't you just love a cookbook that's more than a cookbook? Most cookbooks just impart recipes, and recipes only, leaving them as bland as a tomato sandwich without any mayonnaise. This cookbook, though, evokes the heart of small-town America, with the stories, advice, pure heart, and recipes of Water Valley, Mississippi's B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery. We recommend the baked grits casserole and the chocolate buttermilk cake--yum--but really, you should just try them all!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cecelia

    The other night my friend Leigh (displaced Texan and a total sweetheart) texted to see what I was up to. She had just flown back to DC from visiting her sister and nephews in Alabama, and she wanted to hang out. I told her I wasn’t doing anything but reading a cookbook. When she arrived at my house, she wanted to know all about this cookbook. She’d never ‘read’ one as a book herself. I handed over Alexe van Beuren and Dixie Grimes' The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories f The other night my friend Leigh (displaced Texan and a total sweetheart) texted to see what I was up to. She had just flown back to DC from visiting her sister and nephews in Alabama, and she wanted to hang out. I told her I wasn’t doing anything but reading a cookbook. When she arrived at my house, she wanted to know all about this cookbook. She’d never ‘read’ one as a book herself. I handed over Alexe van Beuren and Dixie Grimes' The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival, and Leigh just about crowed with delight. She gasped over the Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese, and she laughed over the recipe introductions, just as I had. I promised to lend it to her as soon as I was finished with it myself. I’m glad we’re friends, and now I’m glad we’ve bonded over Southern cooking, too. Alexe van Beuren is one of a group of women who are making over the town of Water Valley, Mississippi. Alexe started a gourmet grocery store there in 2010, and in 2011 celebrated chef Dixie Grimes joined the B.T.C. family, whipping up breakfast, lunch and deli fare for the local crowd. Though the first years were tough, and Alexe admits that it’s much harder work than she ever imagined, the grocery has brought her community new life. The story is chronicled in this cookbook, and it’s obvious it’s not just wishful thinking – the grocery and the people running it have become part of the heart of the town. This cookbook is full of Southern basics (from spreads to the broccoli salad I recognize from potlucks), and that’s kind of great since I did NOT grow up with them. Now I know how to make Southern staples I’ve heard of (and even some I haven’t). Soups seem to be the B.T.C.’s ‘specialty,’ though recipes cover all types of food served in a deli (breakfast, spreads, sides, salads, casseroles and mains get top billing). Overall, it’s simple, unfussy fare presented with a story and a history. Aside from the food itself, the introductions prior to each recipe add personality and a sense of what the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery (and the town of Water Valley) is really like. I found this cookbook to be an entertaining, useful, and well-written story of food, family, and community rejuvenation. And what food! Dixie Grimes’ recipes have appeared in famous magazines and newspapers. It’s evident why: they all sound amazing. Personally, I can’t wait to try the Roasted Pear and Zucchini Soup (page 48), Green Apple Casserole (page 137), and Peach Ice Box Pie (page 210). Of course, no cookbook has been properly ‘reviewed’ until you try a recipe or two for yourself. I picked this recipe from the Salads section on page 103…because strawberries and asparagus are both on sale at the moment (aka in season): Asparagus and Strawberry Salad INGREDIENTS 2 pounds fresh asparagus, cut on the bias (4 cups) 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper DIRECTIONS In an 8-quart stockpot, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Set a steaming basket on top and add the asparagus. Steam the asparagus until it is bright green and al dente, 4 to 6 minutes. Immediately transfer it to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Remove the asparagus from the bowl and pat dry with paper towels. Put the asparagus in a bowl and add the strawberries. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the asparagus strawberry mixture. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill 1 hour before serving. Yields 4-6 servings. Note: This salad is at its best (and brightest) if you eat it the day you make it. Also, I’m not going to lie, I watched a YouTube video on how to cut asparagus on the bias. Yep, that basic. p.s. The salad? Turned out beautiful & DELICIOUS. Spot on flavor and easy-as-pie. Making it again soon. All in all, this cookbook is mouth-watering, funny, sweet, quirky as only small-town life can be, and a treat for both the belly and the soul. If you don’t believe me yet, by all means check out a selection of pages here (including the recipes for Pimento Cheese and Chicken, Asparagus, and Mushroom Casserole, along with that scrumptious-looking Peach Ice Box Pie). Recommended for: anyone interested in small-town revivals, Southern cooking and incorporating fresh local produce into scrumptious recipes (healthiness not guaranteed).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Havens

    It's my favorite time of the year: Blind Date with a Book! So when I got a cookbook, I was confused. But this Southern charmer won me over. An inspiring story of a woman's goal to "Be the Change" she wants to see in the world opens a small grocery store in a small town, focusing on local foods, specialty items, and good cooking. I'm really excited to try quite a few recipes but the great part of this book are the stories for each recipe and the love that is felt in each dish and throughout the t It's my favorite time of the year: Blind Date with a Book! So when I got a cookbook, I was confused. But this Southern charmer won me over. An inspiring story of a woman's goal to "Be the Change" she wants to see in the world opens a small grocery store in a small town, focusing on local foods, specialty items, and good cooking. I'm really excited to try quite a few recipes but the great part of this book are the stories for each recipe and the love that is felt in each dish and throughout the town.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Celeste Arms

    some cute stories about a small town,lot's of foods I already make but now have in writing to pass on some cute stories about a small town,lot's of foods I already make but now have in writing to pass on

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Noel

    So much more than 'just' a cookbook, "The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook" is filled with stories and history, some that just make you laugh out loud! I love the tidbits at the beginning of the recipes. Some of us ladies were chatting during potluck at church Sunday about dressing vs. stuffing, and I had to share from this book. All the Southerners fully agreed that it's cornbread dressing (NOT stuffing) and it never goes inside the bird! There are so many great recipes in this book, many o So much more than 'just' a cookbook, "The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook" is filled with stories and history, some that just make you laugh out loud! I love the tidbits at the beginning of the recipes. Some of us ladies were chatting during potluck at church Sunday about dressing vs. stuffing, and I had to share from this book. All the Southerners fully agreed that it's cornbread dressing (NOT stuffing) and it never goes inside the bird! There are so many great recipes in this book, many of which I grew up on. I love Chess Pie and while this recipe will make a good pie, I recommend switching the tablespoon of flour to cornmeal (straight cornmeal, not the cornmeal mix) and adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. I know, I know. Vinegar in a pie? Trust me on this one, it's fabulous! So many classic Southern recipes are in here such as Red-Eye Gravy, Apple Salad, Red-Rind Pimento Cheese, Cornbread Dressing and Fried Pies. I grew up on Fried Dried Apple Pies. My mom would dry apples in the summer, and then all through the fall and winter, she would take some out, cook them with her own concoction of spices and sugar and fill the pies with that. Oh, my! Part of me feels like that's the only real fried pie, but part of me is definitely wanting to try her recipe for peach pies! Along with some old favorites are some newer recipes that definitely weren't on our table growing up, but sound great such as Roasted Fennel Mashed Potatoes, Crab-Meat Stuffed Mushrooms, and Watermelon Salad with Feta. The only drawbacks I found in this book is some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients (for instance, her recipe for sausage gravy has 14 ingredients. I'm a bit of a purist in some things, and this would be one of them. I'm going to pass on all the ground anise, dried mustard, Tabasco, etc and just stick with sausage, oil, flour, salt, pepper and milk. It tastes great!), and too many recipes have alcohol in them. I might occasionally buy a cooking wine at the grocery store, but I don't drink, and I'm not buying beer, tequila, rum, etc. That, however, is a personal thing and does not lower my rating. I'll work around it when I can, and just not make that particular recipe if I can't. Give this book a try. I think you'll be very happy you did! I received a copy of this book through the program Blogging for Books for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MrsK Books

    Meeting Alexe and Dixie has been like going home for a short visit. Even though our towns are on opposite sides of our nation, we are related. Alexe's voice keeps you smiling while you browse through these scrumptious and enticing recipes. Dixie is quick witted, very frank, and doesn't add any "fluff" to her discussions or recipes. I couldn't wait to try the sausage gravy recipe, not only is this considered "comfy" food... its "pow" to your taste buds satisfies your morning. I am looking forward Meeting Alexe and Dixie has been like going home for a short visit. Even though our towns are on opposite sides of our nation, we are related. Alexe's voice keeps you smiling while you browse through these scrumptious and enticing recipes. Dixie is quick witted, very frank, and doesn't add any "fluff" to her discussions or recipes. I couldn't wait to try the sausage gravy recipe, not only is this considered "comfy" food... its "pow" to your taste buds satisfies your morning. I am looking forward to our first Fall day just because I want to try the loaded baked potato soup. Now I have always had a yummy potato soup recipe, but I have never added Tabasco sauce or heavy cream to the soup (are your taste buds talking?). When I asked my son to choose a recipe, he chose the Hotty Toddy Beer Chili... he is such an amazing "down home" cook that I have no idea why I would be surprised by this choice but this could be "what's for dinner" over our 4th of July weekend! Do you enjoy salads? You must experience the watermelon with Feta salad or what about an asparagus and strawberry delight? I have not tried any of the deserts, not because I don't like desert but because I am not good at creating deserts... so my daughter is in line for making the peach ice box pie (don't you love that title...I know what an ice box is...perfection for what you will devour). All ingredients are easy to grow or find at any grocery, the directions are easy to follow with full color shots of how it should look (not how my recreations might look). The history of their town, their friendship, and their life as small town owners will add a "dash" of sparkle to your eyes as you serve up any of these recipes. This is not a "check-it-out" cook book, this is a must "own" and "gift it" type cook book for any one who just loves "home" cooking. Enjoy, MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    The B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi is both meeting place and melting pot for the small Southern community. Owner and operator Alexe Van Beuren, and her chef extraordinaire, Dixie Grimes, dish out delectable delights while local residents dish on the weather, politics, and other sundry subjects. Visitors are always welcome. Alexe, raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, settled in Water Valley with her husband and children and decided that a deli-style grocery wo The B.T.C Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi is both meeting place and melting pot for the small Southern community. Owner and operator Alexe Van Beuren, and her chef extraordinaire, Dixie Grimes, dish out delectable delights while local residents dish on the weather, politics, and other sundry subjects. Visitors are always welcome. Alexe, raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, settled in Water Valley with her husband and children and decided that a deli-style grocery would be just the business to offer the little town. After more than a year of hits and misses, frustrations and successes, along with a passing parade of cooks, the B.T.C. was in need of some divine intervention. Along came Dixie, a Mississippi native, whose casual mien belies her culinary training and amazing kitchen creativity. "B.T.C" stands for "Be the Change"-a Gandhi quote, and an appropriate moniker for how the success of how the grocery/cafe has positively affected the business trade for the town. Reading the stories and anecdotes throughout "The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival" and salivating over the gorgeous food photos accompanying the recipes will have you longing for a seat at the cafe, perusing the menu and trying your best not to order one of everything. Here are just some of recipes to tickle your taste buds: "Italian Sausage and Mushroom Breakfast Casserole"; "Vegetable Beef Soup with Butter Beans"; "Dixie's Famous Chicken Salad"; "Ham and Horseradish Spread"; "Chicken Pot Pie with Parsnips and Roasted Leeks"; "Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Apple Cider Glaze"; "Baked Squash with Vidalia Onions"; "Steel Magnolia Cake"; and a bonus recipe for "Dixie's Pickled Eggs". Local color, local flavor--down-home delicious. Review Copy Gratis Clarkson Potter Publishers

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival By Alexe van Beuren with recipes by Dixie Grimes This cookbook is a wonderful addition to my collection. The writing by Alexe van Beuren is wonderful. The recipes by Dixie Grimes are mouthwatering. I want to move to Water Valley, Mississippi just to go to their store. I’ll leave the meaning behind B.T.C. to you, the new reader of this cookbook. Small town wonder with all the stories about the townspeople and live The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival By Alexe van Beuren with recipes by Dixie Grimes This cookbook is a wonderful addition to my collection. The writing by Alexe van Beuren is wonderful. The recipes by Dixie Grimes are mouthwatering. I want to move to Water Valley, Mississippi just to go to their store. I’ll leave the meaning behind B.T.C. to you, the new reader of this cookbook. Small town wonder with all the stories about the townspeople and lives of the writers is so enjoyable just to read. Then you start reading the recipes and trying them, that’s the heart of the story. I can’t wait for fall to try some of the soups. The pictures in the book go along with the slow, small-town rhythm. They talk about licking the plates; I want to lick the pages of the book. Needless to say I loved the cookbook. I was remembering my old cookbooks and how there wasn’t a story behind the recipes; I love the new way of publishing. There are stories behind our recipes and Alexe tells them with the southern vernacular that is easy on my minds ears. Buy this book!! You won’t be sorry. I’d recommend this to everyone, yes, even men. Alexe’s husband makes pickles, so can you. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda B

    I was so please to receive this cookbook for review, and even more please when I realized it was much more than a cookbook. B.T.C. is a story of real people, and a real small town grocer. Their story, both struggles and success, is beautifully written in a just a few pages sprinkled through the book. You will learn about their family, the town, their small-town newspaper, and their employees. You just can’t help but love this place and these people. BTC is an old-fashioned grocery store in Water I was so please to receive this cookbook for review, and even more please when I realized it was much more than a cookbook. B.T.C. is a story of real people, and a real small town grocer. Their story, both struggles and success, is beautifully written in a just a few pages sprinkled through the book. You will learn about their family, the town, their small-town newspaper, and their employees. You just can’t help but love this place and these people. BTC is an old-fashioned grocery store in Water Valley, Mississippi that also provides sandwiches, soups, homemade mayonnaise, and much more. The recipes in the cookbook are by Dixie Grimes, and present an interesting mix of down-home simplicity and rich sophistication. The recipes are categorized by Breakfast, Soups for Every Season, Salads, Spreads and Sandwich Fixings, Casseroles, Mains, Sides and Southern Sweet Thangs. The recipes that immediately caught my eye are Vetra’s Three-bean Salad, Broccoli Salad, Artichoke and English Pea Au Gratin, and just about all of the soups! This is not only a wonderful addition to my cookbook shelf, but an interesting story that brought to life the story of Water Valley Mississippi

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Something about this cookbook, by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes Dixie Grimes, spoke to me. I thought it was an over-sized paperback so when it arrived and turned out to be a lovely hardcover book I was pleasantly surprised. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery is in Water Valley, Mississippi. It's a grocery store/restaurant and features good 'ol homecooked food. This cookbook is filled with Southern recipes; Chicken Spaghetti, Peach Icebox Pie, White Bean Chicken Chili, Sausage Gravy and Skillet Bisc Something about this cookbook, by Alexe Van Beuren with recipes Dixie Grimes, spoke to me. I thought it was an over-sized paperback so when it arrived and turned out to be a lovely hardcover book I was pleasantly surprised. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery is in Water Valley, Mississippi. It's a grocery store/restaurant and features good 'ol homecooked food. This cookbook is filled with Southern recipes; Chicken Spaghetti, Peach Icebox Pie, White Bean Chicken Chili, Sausage Gravy and Skillet Biscuits are among several I want to try out. The pictures are gorgeous. I seriously just want to go visit this store - it really is quaint and old-fashioned looking. There are stories throughout the book about recipes as well as people. I love a cookbook that is more than just recipes and reads more like a story rather than a cookbook. This is a beautiful cookbook which I am more than happy to add to my shelves!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a pretty good cookbook with some sweetsy and oh so de rigueur "local flavor" type stories spliced in with the recipes, most of which feature easily accessible everyday ingredients and seem like they'd be worth the time and effort to bothering with. I am suspicious of a few concoctions, chief among those being the gravy recipe suggested for the compulsory Biscuits and Gravy inclusion (cinnamon and cloves?), but shining stars like the easy breezy Peach Ice Box pie recipe make this collecti This is a pretty good cookbook with some sweetsy and oh so de rigueur "local flavor" type stories spliced in with the recipes, most of which feature easily accessible everyday ingredients and seem like they'd be worth the time and effort to bothering with. I am suspicious of a few concoctions, chief among those being the gravy recipe suggested for the compulsory Biscuits and Gravy inclusion (cinnamon and cloves?), but shining stars like the easy breezy Peach Ice Box pie recipe make this collection worth giving it a deep, page-by-page perusal (an exercise that makes me wish this grocery store wasn't so very far away from me). I am a wee bit disappointed that the Steel Magnolia Cake recipe does not instruct readers to ensure that it is armadillo-shaped, and the reveal behind the meaning of the BTC name kinda took the wind out of my sails, though there's nothing wrong with it at all. Here's where I put: just sayin'.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I may have to buy this one. Not only were there TONS of recipes I want to try, but I just loved all the stories about the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi. Alexe Van Beuren and her husband moved from Virginia to a very small town in Mississippi. She had an idea to transform a empty storefront on Main street into a local grocery store and restaurant. They struggled in the beginning like any new business, but eventually became part of the local small town scene. B.T.C. sta I may have to buy this one. Not only were there TONS of recipes I want to try, but I just loved all the stories about the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley, Mississippi. Alexe Van Beuren and her husband moved from Virginia to a very small town in Mississippi. She had an idea to transform a empty storefront on Main street into a local grocery store and restaurant. They struggled in the beginning like any new business, but eventually became part of the local small town scene. B.T.C. stands for "Be The Change" and I really appreciate the author's commitment to local small businesses. Plus, I LOVE southern food and all these recipes make me want to plan a trip to Mississippi and visit the B.T.C. to sample some of this food! I would highly recommend this one to any die-hard southern food fans.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    First of all "B.T.C.", stands for "Be The Change" since Alexe van Beuren and her husband decided to open a grocery store in tiny Water Valley Mississippi. The aim: to stock both high end items and local staples with as much locally sourced as possible when talking perishables. She is honest and realistic about the good and bad of small town life and running a small business. Luckily for them, their foundering lunch counter part of the business was resurrected by the appearance of Dixie Grimes--an First of all "B.T.C.", stands for "Be The Change" since Alexe van Beuren and her husband decided to open a grocery store in tiny Water Valley Mississippi. The aim: to stock both high end items and local staples with as much locally sourced as possible when talking perishables. She is honest and realistic about the good and bad of small town life and running a small business. Luckily for them, their foundering lunch counter part of the business was resurrected by the appearance of Dixie Grimes--an artist in the kitchen. These are the recipes you may find if you end up here, typical Southern fare for the most part with some interesting twists. I liked that each recipe was given its own showcase, great reading and I'm sure great eating.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    i will admit to picking up this cookbook on a day when I really, really wanted life to move slower. i fed my child takeout leftovers and retreated to a corner of the house to take in stories of small Mississippi town where people still drink Tab, eat lard, and enjoy one another. The cookbook is filled with funny anecdotes, lovingly told by the author, a transplant to the town. They provide a wonderful lead-in to recipes that I have yet to try, but that sound like the kind of food you eat when yo i will admit to picking up this cookbook on a day when I really, really wanted life to move slower. i fed my child takeout leftovers and retreated to a corner of the house to take in stories of small Mississippi town where people still drink Tab, eat lard, and enjoy one another. The cookbook is filled with funny anecdotes, lovingly told by the author, a transplant to the town. They provide a wonderful lead-in to recipes that I have yet to try, but that sound like the kind of food you eat when you aren't filled with fear of getting every single aspect of your diet Oprah-perfect. Add in some beautiful photography and you have yourself a fine evening of escapism cookbook reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    LemontreeLime

    This is one of those cookbooks that combine stories and recipes, and it is done perfectly. I adore this little book, and am so glad I made the local library buy it so I could read it. (I'll tell you right now, tho, I'm going to end up buying this one for myself before the year is out.) The recipes are all a mix of old and new, and are very inspired. I live in a part of the great plains where Hoop cheese does not exist, but Alexe and Dixie's work in this book make me want to find it and try it ou This is one of those cookbooks that combine stories and recipes, and it is done perfectly. I adore this little book, and am so glad I made the local library buy it so I could read it. (I'll tell you right now, tho, I'm going to end up buying this one for myself before the year is out.) The recipes are all a mix of old and new, and are very inspired. I live in a part of the great plains where Hoop cheese does not exist, but Alexe and Dixie's work in this book make me want to find it and try it out. Well done, ladies! May you be happy in your business forever!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a really great book. It's like a trip to Mississippi in food. While I don't think this is an everyday book, it's got an incredible section on salads and casseroles that really shines. The recipes read easy, and most include everyday ingredients. For the most part, the introductions to each recipe are helpful, telling a story about it or where it came from. Occasionally, this technique is a little too cute, but most of it works. Oddly enough, the desert and main sections are the weak bits. This is a really great book. It's like a trip to Mississippi in food. While I don't think this is an everyday book, it's got an incredible section on salads and casseroles that really shines. The recipes read easy, and most include everyday ingredients. For the most part, the introductions to each recipe are helpful, telling a story about it or where it came from. Occasionally, this technique is a little too cute, but most of it works. Oddly enough, the desert and main sections are the weak bits.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Urso

    More than just a cookbook--it's a chronicle of small-town Southern life. You really do feel as if you're a resident of Water Valley, MS as you read all of the anecdotes peppered throughout the book. The recipes are authentically Southern and look quite tasty. I'm willing to give quite a few of these a try. It's the combination of the stories and the recipes which really make this cookbook a treasure. More than just a cookbook--it's a chronicle of small-town Southern life. You really do feel as if you're a resident of Water Valley, MS as you read all of the anecdotes peppered throughout the book. The recipes are authentically Southern and look quite tasty. I'm willing to give quite a few of these a try. It's the combination of the stories and the recipes which really make this cookbook a treasure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite

    It never had occurred to me that I would want to write about a cookbook on Goodreads but this once it worth mentioning. I like to pick up cookbooks when I travel and this one was in all of the independent bookstores I visited in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. I had it shipped to me and it arrived today and I sat and read it cover to cover. I loved the stories and am eager to try the recipes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This was a great cookbook. So much so, I'm going out and buying me a copy. This is the first cookbook that I took the time to read the stories about Water Valley, Mississippi. The stories, the recipes, and the people of Water Valley make this cookbook special. If you love home grown, nostalgia, small-town, old fashioned country stores the. You should check out this cookbook. It's pretty awesome! This was a great cookbook. So much so, I'm going out and buying me a copy. This is the first cookbook that I took the time to read the stories about Water Valley, Mississippi. The stories, the recipes, and the people of Water Valley make this cookbook special. If you love home grown, nostalgia, small-town, old fashioned country stores the. You should check out this cookbook. It's pretty awesome!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Interesting reading (lots of stories mixed in), but the recipes are a bit more gourmet than I make for everyday cooking and are also much more calorically rich than we usually eat on a regular basis. Fun for browsing, possibility for special event cooking. The few recipes I've tried, though, have not been *amazing* enough for me to want to risk an untried recipe on company. Good organization, lovely book design. So, 4.5 for the fun read. 3 for the actual cookbook part. Interesting reading (lots of stories mixed in), but the recipes are a bit more gourmet than I make for everyday cooking and are also much more calorically rich than we usually eat on a regular basis. Fun for browsing, possibility for special event cooking. The few recipes I've tried, though, have not been *amazing* enough for me to want to risk an untried recipe on company. Good organization, lovely book design. So, 4.5 for the fun read. 3 for the actual cookbook part.

  21. 5 out of 5

    bfilbeck

    Not only a great cookbook with lots of really yummy southern recipes, but a great read as well. The stories of the life and times of the author and other residents of Water Valley, Mississippi bring warmth to the heart and add flavor to the recipes. A great addition to any cookbook shelf!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    A very pretty cookbook that also tells the story of the 28 year old owner who opened up this store in a small Mississippi town, helping to transform the downtown.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Churchill/Johnson

    I love to read cookbooks with recipes and stories. This is a fun cookbook, although i haven't tried any of the recipes as yet, i throughly enjoyed the read. I love to read cookbooks with recipes and stories. This is a fun cookbook, although i haven't tried any of the recipes as yet, i throughly enjoyed the read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Full fat Southern cooking. Full review http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2014... Full fat Southern cooking. Full review http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2014...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Lots of good recipies in this one that I want to try. I enjoyed reading the back story about the creation of this grocery and cafe.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Basically my dream life (just not in Mississippi).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Micah Berken

    Lots of great, original, deep-South recipes. Look for the "Green Apple Casserole"-- unlike anything I've seen. Lots of great, original, deep-South recipes. Look for the "Green Apple Casserole"-- unlike anything I've seen.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is a book full of excellent recipes and anecdotes. I wish I had known about the BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery last time I was in Water Valley. I hope to visit on my next trip.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connie Pierce

    Way more than just a cookbook and more "Southern" than a cast iron skillet. It reads like a book but I continually go back to the delicious recipes. Way more than just a cookbook and more "Southern" than a cast iron skillet. It reads like a book but I continually go back to the delicious recipes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    Loved the anecdotal stories. I'd eat here just for the stories, and the fondness I've developed for the owners and staff through reading this. Loved the anecdotal stories. I'd eat here just for the stories, and the fondness I've developed for the owners and staff through reading this.

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