Saturday, September 9, 2023

South of Somewhere: Recipes and Stories from My Life in South Africa, South Korea & the American South

South of Somewhere is a well written collection of stories and recipes from the author's life in the "south" (Africa, Korea, and the USA). Released 5th Sept 2023 by Simon & Schuster on their Element imprint, it's 272 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats. 

This is an appealing and attractive collection of well written recipes for a wide variety of different cuisines following along with author Dale Grey's wide ranging life on three different continents. Recipes are gathered thematically: snacks & drinks, fish & shellfish, poultry, beef, pork & lamb, eggs, vegetable heavy, sweets, and "basics" which includes sauces, gravies, spices, finishing elements, and staples. The "vegetable heavy" chapter is not strictly vegetarian and some recipes use chicken stock or other elements, but all of them have fully vegetarian options included. 

The ingredients are in a bullet list sidebar. Servings, prep, step by step cooking instructions and alternatives and prep notes are also provided in highlighted text boxes for easy reading. Ingredients are given with imperial (American) units only. 

About half the recipes are accompanied by one or more full color photos. Serving suggestions are attractive and appropriate. This is a book, warmly written, and *full* of really good food. The author/publisher have included a cross referenced index. Most of the ingredients will be readily available at any well stocked grocery store in North America. Some of them will require a more specialized international grocery or online sources. 

Five stars. This is a very varied but very friendly book with lots (and lots) of good recipes. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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