Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Recent Press for The Southern Slow Cooker Cookbook

Slow Cooker Frito Pie with Chili Con Carne from The Southern Slow Cooker cookbook
The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics is officially out and some really great press as well as some very positive reviews are just starting to trickle in. Check out what others are saying about the The Southern Slow Cooker!

"Born in West Virginia and raised on mama's slow cooker corn pudding, author Kendra Bailey Morris knows it takes a village, some church socials, and a few family reunions to create a cookbook this steeped in tradition. The Southern Slow Cooker is filled with recipes that Southerners have feasted on for generations, prepared in a way that hasn't changed much since--and for good reason. Easy, flavorful and soul-satisfying, these "set it and forget it" recipes make for the perfect meal to come home to after a long day."  -- Taste of the South Magazine

"Cookbook writer Kendra Bailey Morris has a knack for creating fresh, crowd-pleasing dishes from her native South. Now, with The Southern Slow Cooker: Big Flavor, No-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics, she’s applied her culinary know-how to our favorite time-saving appliance." -- Parents Magazine

"I can think of few things better than leaving my house in the morning and coming home to a Southern feast of BBQ-glazed pork ribs. Or corn chowder. Or chicken and dumplings. So it should come as no surprise that I am keeping this new book from Kendra Bailey Morris of Southern meals prepared in the slow cooker close by these days."-- The Kitchn

"Morris shares her family recipes for pintos, cornbread, and other Mountain State favorites in her new book, The Southern Slow Cooker, alongside simmer-friendly versions of dishes from other parts of the South. And although traditionalists might bristle at the thought of entrusting sorghum-glazed pork ribs and shrimp Creole to a steely countertop gadget, the author’s respect for Dixie’s culinary history translates into dozens of easy-to-fix meals that remain true to their mouthwatering roots. Gear up for fall with these Appalachian standards."-- Garden and Gun Magazine

"If I had my druthers, I’d change the name of the new cookbook The Southern Slow Cooker to The Sassy Southern Slow Cooker. That’s because this cookbook isn’t a rehash of the same ol’ Southern recipes you’ve seen countless times...The sass comes from author, Kendra Bailey Morris, a spirited, down-to-earth Southern lady whose prose is both practical and playful. You can tell she’s having fun in the kitchen and wants you to as well...Whether you’re looking for some slow-cooker inspiration or simply want to expand your Southern culinary horizon, invite The Southern Slow Cooker into your kitchen. You’ll be in good company." -- Oneforthetable.com

"The origin of Frito pie may be a mystery, but let’s just agree it’s among the most perfect foods to serve at a tailgate...This recipe, from Kendra Bailey Morris’s The Southern Slow Cooker utilizes (You guessed it!) a slow cooker to make the chili, an efficient choice if you’re busy prepping for game day."
-- Parade Magazine

"Mom’s Fully Loaded Potato and Onion Soup from “The Southern Slow Cooker” is comfort food as its finest."-- The Austin-American Statesmen

"I was salivating and bookmarking as I made my way through The Southern Slow Cooker from Kendra Bailey Morris (Ten Speed Press). This is comfort food with plenty of southern favourites, including grits, black-eyed peas and variations on barbecue, not to mention a full chapter on dessert, and suitably enticing photographs." -- The Calgary Herald

"Anybody who routinely practices the ancient and storied art of Southern cooking will embrace this book as a way to take something old and make it very modern."-- The Birmingham News

"Talk about tailgating-worthy portability: The Texas classic known as Frito pie, excerpted from The Southern Slow Cooker by Kendra Bailey Morris, can be enjoyed in all of its meaty, cheesy glory in the self-contained vessel that is a mini chip bag."-- USA Weekend Magazine

"You can find classic slow cooker staples like soups, stews, and chili, but what really got my attention was the inclusion of not-so-typical slow cooker recipes like Lemon Blueberry Buckle, Gingersnap Peach Upside-down Cake, Buttermilk Chocolate Spice Cake, even Pork Ribs with Raspberry Sorghum BBQ Sauce.  Her book makes you realize that your slow cooker can be used for so much more than pot roast." -- Southern Bite.com

"...what sets her cookbook apart from the others — real ingredients without the lazy shortcuts. Where other guides might advise you to add a sodium- and chemical-laced French onion packet as a thickening agent, “The Southern Slow Cooker” will direct you to combine a tablespoon of butter and one of flour, knead them into a little ball, then drop into her potato and rice soup with smoked ham recipe. It’s a simple, more effective and less processed way to get that soup to the thick and hearty texture you’re hankering for." -- Style Weekly

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Southern Slow Cooker Update

So, we have finally decided on the cover of The Southern Slow Cooker cookbook that will come out in July (Ten Speed Press, 2013). Whatcha think?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Ginger Ale Baked Apples Recipe

So, here we are the official launch of The Southern Slow Cooker cookbook's blog, and I though I'd start with a little teaser recipe and a video from my cooking segment with The Virginia Farm Bureau's Heart of the Home featuring a delightfully sweet and sassy slow cooker recipe using heirloom Virginia apples stuffed with nuts and raisins bathed in a zippy sauce made with ginger ale. This divine concoction is a true set and and forget it slow cooker recipe since it cooks all day long, and let me tell you, when you finally open the lid of your slow cooker, the aroma is to die for.

Southern folk love to cook with soda, and to be honest, I've got plenty of soda inspired recipes coming up in "The Southern Slow Cooker", from Dr. Pepper slow cooked ham to a barbecue sauce made with cola (and a little bourbon mixed in for good measure, naturally) that meets up with a crockpot full of pork short ribs. There's just something about that sugary fizz which not only tenderizes your food, but flavors it unlike anything else. Ah, the joys of corn syrup....

At any rate, here's the cooking segment, which walks you through making this perfect-for-chilly-weather dish. I suggest topping your apples with a big scoop of ice cream while they're still nice and hot so everything gets all melty. You just know that's going to be good. As far as a written recipe, you'll have to stay tuned for the release of "The Southern Slow Cooker" next July, but I think you'll get the idea just fine from the video.

Happy Slow Cooking!


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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Southern Slow Cooker Cookbook: Get Your Copy Today

Thanks for stopping by!

This is the blog for my forthcoming cookbook The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics coming out next summer (2013) with Ten Speed/Crown Publishing Group. I'm right in the thick of testing some really great, country-fried recipes made for slow cooking. Dr. Pepper Sorghum Ham, Chesapeake Bay Crab and Corn Chowder, Brown Sugar BBQ Meatloaf, Mustard Rubbed Chicken with Maple Cider White BBQ Sauce, Black-Eyed Peas and Stewed Tomatoes, and Slow Cooker Chocolate Spice Cake are just a few of the recipes that are built to cook low and slow.

In the meantime, please visit my other blog Fatback and Foie Gras for more cooking goodness including book updates, recipes and other fun food stuff.

See ya soon!