Here Are The Best Southern Cookbooks For Every Type of Cook

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Cooking can be pretty overwhelming.

You need a lot of things, right? Tools, ingredients, and patience. Whether you're a Michelin star chef or a college graduate cooking ramen noodles every night, cookbooks can be your best friend.

If you've ever wanted to dabble in Southern cooking, we get it. The food is rich in flavor and steeped in history. It's rich comfort food or easy to make snacks. But sometimes trying to cook something unfamiliar is nerve-wracking and that's where these Southern cookbooks come in. Created by chefs from all over the South, you'll love learning how to cook new recipes with Southern flare.


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1. The New Orleans Kitchen

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When I think about Southern cooking I'm immediately transported back to New Orleans. The food contributes immensely to the city and the rich Southern history. So, if you're looking for something incredibly authentic, The New Orleans Kitchen is definitely the place to start. If Southern food intimidates you, start here.

2. The Saltwater Table

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If you want to dabble in Southern cooking, you're going to have to get your hands dirty. That means, removing tails, shells, and the like on seafood and other creatures. So if you're skirmish or simply unsure how to maneuver a kitchen with company, The Saltwater Table will ease you in. The cookbook is divided up by season which makes for an educational foray into Southern cooking.

3. Coconuts & Collards

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Author, Von Diaz fuses her Puerto Rican background and Atlanta upbringing to give you a perfectly paired cookbook. We can't talk about Southern food without the many cultural influences the cuisine has been gifted. Coconuts & Collards merges culture and food in a thoughtful and delicious way.

4. The Southerner's Cookbook

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From the editors of Garden & Gun comes a cookbook all about Southern life. With recipes like 'King Ranch Chicken' and 'Spicy Black-eyed Pea Jambalaya' chefs of all decrees will have fun learning and cooking from such a legitimate set of Southern beloved recipes.

5. Southern Baked

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We can't talk about Southern cooking without a few baked goods. While, some desserts call for intricate steps, Southern Baked is a fool-proof guide to the sweet stuff. Full of both savory and sweet recipes, you'll get good use out of this Southern cookbook.

6. For the Love of the South

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Lastly, Amber Wilson's successful blog of the same name now comes in a handy cookbook. Adorned with beautiful pictures and step by step instructions, you'll absolutely fall in love with the South, and the cuisine. Accompanied by personal stories and anecdotes, this is the ultimate hostess gift.

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