One of the new cookbooks I have been looking forward to reading is CIDER BEANS, WILD GREENS AND DANDELION JELLY BY Joan E. Aller which is all about recipes from the Southern Appalachia. I have to tell you that you will learn about our history when you open the pages of this cookbook!
And lest you think cookbooks don't belong on tea blogs, there is plenty here about tea too! Frankly, I have forgotten so much that I learned in school about the geographic line of the mountain ridges that cross our country! I never learned who followed the Native American Indians to this territory and who followed after them.......so get ready for a lesson in history!
There are so many recipes in this book that I have heard about like Corncob Jelly and yes I had grits growing up in Virginia so here are your recipes for all those mountain foods: Apple Fritters, Indian Pudding and Corn Pone!
Mark Twain's parents were from Possum Trot, Tennessee and she includes "Possum Trot Cowboy Gravy" as one of the many regional foods of interest! I love these types of cookbooks because you can not only find unique recipes but you will learn so much about this area of the country and the people who lived there!