Sunday, September 18, 2016

Victuals, A Cookbook

Victuals, A Cookbook
We all love a hearty meal of comfort food every now and then. Sometimes it’s a piece of Granny’s fried chicken or a bowl of hearty beans. It’s a feeling and flavor that brings many of us home to a more comforting and stable time, something that brings us warmth and familiarity.

“Victuals” is a regional cookbook that concentrates on the people and foods of the Southern Appalachian mountains. It is truly a journey that one woman; Ronni Lundy, the author who was born in Corbin, a small town in Eastern Kentucky took to write this book. As a child her family moves to the city for work but visits “home” when they can. “Home” is where she cooks with relatives and enjoys the same traditions and recipes that her parents did.

Ms. Lundy, travels over 4000 miles criss-crossing several states to find and collect recipes in the region. She came back with beautiful vibrant stories from the new generation of locals. Their passion to bring back the same types of foods that their parents and grandparents before them was evident in each chapter. This type of revitalization is happening all through America as the search for the old foods and ways are beginning to become more main stream again. She has written nine previous books, is a founder of Southern Foodways Alliance and the Appalachian food summit. She is an accomplished woman.

"Victuals" is divided into eight chapters, the first titled roots and seeds. In this section you are taken through a small tidbit of history that helps explain how certain foods were introduced to the area. Here you find a recipe for roasted chicken and dumplings. Using meager ingredients they created the most delicious and soulful foods. For example, an old rooster was simmered slowly all day which created tender meat and an amazing rich broth.

From this book I prepared the buttermilk cucumber salad which is from the Beans chapter. We were still able to purchase the most wonderful cucumbers from the farmer’s market. They were not too big, but still sweet and crisp. This was easy to make and such a simple but flavorful dish. The buttermilk added a delicious tanginess and the dill was ideal in here. I will be making this again and again, next time using fresh basil.

Cucumber Salad with buttermilk, sliced red onions and fresh dill

Beautiful photography, local stories and down home recipes make this cookbook a delightful read. I would definitely recommend “Victuals” to anyone that enjoys honest real home cooked food.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

40 comments:

  1. Perfect cookbook as we near the seasons of comfort food! Your cucumber salad sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Liz, I enjoyed the stories that went along with the recipes as well.

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  2. It sounds like a very interesting book.

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    1. It really is Angie, the author is a very inspiring woman.

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  3. What a lovely name, sounds like a fab book.

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  4. I love cooking with the seasons and your cucumber salad sounds divine. I love when vegetables are so delicious on their own they do not need much prep.

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    1. Me too Bobbi, it's a wonderful way to enjoy many veggies.

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  5. Dear Cheri, this sounds like another wonderful book - and the cucucumber salad must have been delicious!

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    1. It was Andrea, will be making this salad again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. The cucumber salad sounds lovely, but the author of the book, "Victuals" sounds even more fascinating, no doubt providing a lot of depth in history and culture even through dish preparations among regions of peoples with many similarities- then not. Interesting choice Cheri, thanks for sharing. Peggy

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    1. The author, Ronni Lundy sounds like an amazing woman. Thanks for stopping by Peggy.

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  7. Sounds like a really good book with some wonderful recipes. Love the sound of that simple and delicous cucumber salad.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, this book is really special.

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  8. This cookbook sounds awesome. And the timing is just perfect as it is the comfort food season! That cucumber salad sounds delicious. Love how simple this is! :)

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  9. This cookbook sounds right up my alley, Cheri! It sounds like good, downhome Southern recipes. And I love how she collected recipes from all over the area to add a nice angle to this book. I'll have to check it out for sure. Thanks! (And that cucumber salad sounds perfect for late summer!)

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    1. Thanks David, it is a great book. I've always wanted to hike in that area.

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  10. Interesting book. The salad you prepared sounds delicious.

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  11. You write the best reviews Cheri! I love the idea behind this cookbook and bet it is a joy to read and eat!

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  12. I love your reviews Cheri, this is such an interesting sounding cookbook!

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  13. This cucumber salad looks so delicius!:)

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  14. What a fun book! I hadn't heard of this, so thanks for the intro. Sounds like a fun read -- love this sort of food. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks John, it is a great book, perfect timing for comfort food.

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  15. i just heard this lady interviewed on a podcast and thought to myself that i needed to get this book! i grew up in an area near the appalachians and have many traditions near and dear to my heart. this looks like a tasty recipe selection!

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    1. Hi Grace, then you would love the stories in this cookbook, love the way she writes.

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  16. I remember Granny in the Beverly Hillbillies using the term "vittles" and having no idea what she was talking about. I also remember finding out it was spelled "victuals" and being very surprised. Looks like a fun regional romp, Cheri! Thanks for the intro!

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    1. I know I was very surprised about the spelling, would love to spend some time there to hike and enjoy some great food, thanks David!

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  17. This sounds a really nice cookbook and the cucumber salad with buttermilk looks fantastic.
    Hope you have a great rest of the week Cheri :)

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  18. I would never have thought that buttermilk would go with cucumbers 😀

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    1. Me neither Tandy, but it does, wonderfully.....

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  19. Looks to be a lovely cookbook singing the songs of tradition <3 Your selection of the cucumber salad in buttermilk is sooooo reminiscent of summers in Colorado which my father's ancestors called home <3

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  20. This sounds like a great cookbook. This part of the country has always interested me, and the food aspect would of course have me turning pages!

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