Friday, August 14, 2015

Booknote: Buttermilk and Bible Burgers

Fred William Sauceman, Buttermilk and Bible Burgers: More Stories from the Kitchens of Appalachia. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780881464795. 

Genre: nonfiction
Subgenre: food, travel, regional
Format: paperback
Source: my workplace library (Hutchins Library, Berea College)

This book is a collection of short stories and vignettes about food and cooks from the Appalachian region. The book is organized into three parts: people, products, and places. Each vignette runs from two to four pages long, and you get to meet a diverse range of folks and see a variety of places. For restaurants and establishments, address and contact information are included so you can plan a road trip. The book also features local recipes.

The book is a nice combination of foodie book and regional travelogue. It is an easy to browse book; read it cover to cover or pick and choose what to read. Passages are complemented with some nice color photography. I really liked this one. As a transplant to Appalachia, I got to learn a bit more about the area, its food, and the people who make it.

4 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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