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Cooking in the Deep-South with Chef Bob
by Sir Robert "Chef Bob" Vaningan O.S.C.
1st Books, 2003
248 pages
Hardcover, $25.50 ISBN: 1-4033-9284-6
Trade paper, $16.50 ISBN: 1-4033-9283-8

Chef Bob says that part of his mission with this cookbook is to define “Deep-South Cuisine.” Not to be confused with Cajun or Creole, which is strictly Louisianan in origin. Deep-South Cuisine reflects the entire Southern culture, which blends hospitality and soul food. It is an appreciated menu worldwide. 

Cooking in the Deep-South with Chef Bob is rich in family history from days of delivering produce to the Biltmore Estates to opening the first white tablecloth restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. A descendent of North Carolina share cropping settlers and Cherokee blood, the family moved to Alabama and started a legacy for cookery based on Deep-South Cuisine.

Sir Robert "Chef Bob" Vaningan is only one of six Chefs in the world to obtain the rank of Knighthood.  This honor was be bestowed on him by His Highness Prince Ambroise Dolgorouky d' Anjou, Prince Regent of the House d' Anjou of France. 

His cooking adventures have taken him all over the world. Vaningan was part of the Deep-South Team during the Navy’s 220th Birthday, where regional cuisine was served during the celebration at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Cooking in the Deep-South with Chef Bob discusses the South’s love affair with food at the beginning of each chapter. He also pays homage to the African-Americans, who brought some our produce from Africa and were responsible for the food we love. Among the recipes included: Hoecakes, Bacon and Cheddar Spoon Bread, Southern Sweet Tea, Sweet Potato Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Homemade Ice Cream, Southern Divinity, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Deep-South Succotash, Chicken and Dumplings, Alabama Gumbo, Rabbit Stew, and Deep Fried Turkey. Plus there are many sauces, rubs, and pickle dishes.

Chef Bob can be seen on “Good Day Alabama” each Tuesday. You can also visit his restaurant called The Chocolate Cottage. The name alone is mouth-watering. Let’s eat!!


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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