There’s a new cookbook on the scene and it’s an outstanding addition to any collection. It all started for cookbook author and blogger Mary Foreman with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
At that time she was working in the corporate legal department of one of the Coast’s larger gaming companies. With the offices destroyed and the future on the Coast uncertain, the company moved all operations to the home office in Nevada. “Being a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I had no interest in relocating that far away,” Foreman said, “and so I found myself on the heels of turning 50 and out of work in a bad economy.”
Foreman had always enjoyed being in the kitchen and turned to cooking from scratch as a form of creative expression. “The more you cook, the more you experiment with herbs and seasonings and develop different methods, flavors and tastes,” she said. “From that experience, the Deep South Dish blog was born.”
The blog grew in popularity and caught the attention of Quail Ridge Press, which began working with Foreman last year to select the best recipes for the book. After much reviewing and testing, approximately 200 dishes were selected.
“There are very few foods that I don’t enjoy cooking and eating, but if I had to choose a single favorite it would be seafood, simply because of its versatility and having a lifelong access to fresh Gulf seafood,” Foreman said. “Second to that, would be the fresh vegetables of summer. A classic vegetable plate is traditional for Southerners, and that’s what is represented by the cover photo on my cookbook. After that it would be the classic Southern comfort foods we all love — fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings, jambalaya and gumbo.”
Foreman, who’s not formally trained, calls herself a home cook. “I learned to cook watching my mom and grandmother and through trial and error in the kitchen,” she said. “I meet Deep South Dish readers right where they are because of that. The difference is that I get to share that with folks all over the world, so they can enjoy the successes far more than the failures.”
She will share her cooking experiences and new book with a large audience when she appears on the television shopping channel QVC on April 19. The show is “In the Kitchen with David” airing between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The book will be available in bookstores May 1.
— Lynn Lofton, firstname.lastname@example.org