2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online
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Sylvia''s Family Soul Food Cookbook begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both her mother and her grandmother -- the town''s only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shared its food and recipes. When Sylvia set out to write this cookbook, she decided to hold a cook-off back home in Hemingway at Jeremiah Church. Family and friends of all ages shared their favorite dishes as well as their spirit and love for one another. The recipes offered at the cook-off were then compiled to create this incredible collection, along with many of Sylvia''s and the Woods family''s own recipes.

Here are the kinds of recipes you''d find if you visited the Woods family''s home. Sylvia''s daughter Bedelia is well known for her Barbecued Beef Short Ribs, which are as sassy and spicy as Bedelia herself. Kenneth, Sylvia''s youngest son, has loved to fish ever since he was a child, spending his summers by the fishing hole in Hemingway. Now Kenneth''s son, DeSean, enjoys fishing, too. Kenneth''s Honey Lemon Tilefish, DeSean''s favorite, is just one of Kenneth''s special recipes presented here.

And there are many, many other wonderful dishes, too. In this remarkable cookbook, Sylvia has gathered more than 125 soul food classics, including mouthwatering recipes for okra, collard greens, Southern-style pound cakes, hearty meat and seafood stews and casseroles, salads, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more. These recipes are straight from the heart of the Woods community of family and friends. Now Sylvia gives them to you to share with your loved ones. Bring them into your home and experience a little bit of Hemingway''s soul.

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When Sylvia and Herbert Woods bought a small Harlem luncheonette in l962, they never dreamed that it would become famous as the premier soul food restaurant in New York City. Their four children and many friends and relatives all contributed to this accomplishment, and Sylvia''s latest book (after Sylvia''s Soul Food) is as much a testament to them as it is to the Southern food she serves. A friendly introduction describes Sylvia''s early life in Hemingway, S.C., emphasizing hard work, spirituality, devotion to family and cooking according to the seasons. Seventy photographs illustrate the stories she tells, creating the atmosphere of a family album. All her famous dishes are hereAfrom Bedelia''s Oven-Fried Chicken, Holiday Chitlins and Bert''s Catfish Stew to Candy Yams Souffl?, Frances''s Old-fashioned Collard Greens, Hush Puppies and Creamy Banana Pudding. Soups, main courses of all kinds, sides ("the heart of soul food"), breadstuffs and lavish desserts are all deeply flavorful; Chicken Soup, for instance, is loaded with vegetables, black pepper and hot sauce.
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About the Author

Sylvia Woods, born in Hemingway, South Carolina, started the world-famous Sylvia''s Restaurant in 1963 and opened a second restaurant in Atlanta in 1997. She owned a line of canned and bottled food products that is sold in supermarkets across the country.

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The Absolute Best Southern Fried Chicken

Makes 4 servings

My mother, Julia, made some of the best fried chicken in all of South Carolina. She had her secrets to making it crunchy on the outside but keeping it tender on the inside. First of all, she would always shake the chicken in the coating, never dredge it. Then she cooked the chicken in a deep layer of oil in a black iron pan.

Fried chicken was a dish that she made for holidays, and oftentimes for Sunday dinner. She also fried up a batch before sending the children anywhere by train, since fried chicken makes the most delicious sandwiches imaginable. She would put the chicken between two slices of white bread, which were covered with mayonnaise. The longer the chicken sandwiches sat, the better they tasted, since the crumblings from the chicken skin and the mayonnaise would soak into the soft white bread. My son, Kenneth, would sometimes just eat the bread by itself before eating the chicken, since it tasted so good. The sandwiches were packed into a shoebox with some fruit and maybe a piece of cake or pie. You were supposed to wait until lunchtime to eat the chicken sandwiches, but none of the kids could ever wait that long. Kenny tells the story like this:

"I can remember those chicken sandwiches that my grandmother would pack for me to take on the train back to New York. It was a long train trip, maybe thirteen hours, and Grandma would make sure to pack me plenty of food. I could hardly wait to get on the train and eat those sandwiches because the aroma would just come out of the box and grab my attention. And my stomach would start rumbling and my mouth would start watering. Grandma would be waving good-bye, tears in her eyes, and I wouldn''t really be paying attention. Almost before the train pulled off, I would have torn open the box and have wrapped my mouth around a fried chicken sandwich. Boy they were great!"

One 3 1/2-pound chicken, cut into eighths
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup vegetable oil

1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the salt, 1 teaspoon of the black pepper, and the garlic powder. Sprinkle over the chicken. Let stand at least 20 minutes or, even better, overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Place the flour, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and paprika into a plastic bag. Add the seasoned chicken and shake until each piece is covered with the flour.

3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it bubbles when a little flour is sprinkled in. Add the chicken pieces and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the chicken is nicely browned on the bottom. Turn and cook on the other side for 7 to 10 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels before serving.

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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Makes 4 to 5 servings

Black-eyed peas have always been a part of our history and an important ingredient in soul food. In fact, when someone asks me what soul food is, I always name black-eyed peas first, along with collard greens, fried chicken, and barbecue.

Black-eyed peas originated in Asia and made their way to the West Indies and throughout the South, where they flourished in the warm fields.

When I was growing up, we ate black-eyed peas mostly in the winter. We always bought them dried, since they didn''t grow plentifully in our fields as field peas and cow peas did. But every now and then, we''d find some black-eyed peas growing up the cornstalks with the other beans (sometimes the seeds get mixed together). Then we''d eat them fresh. This recipe is meant for the dried kind of pea, although these days it''s easier to buy them already cooked in cans or frozen. Get them any way you like, but definitely make this spicy salad next time you need something to serve at a picnic or for a buffet. There''s nothing better.

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black-eyed peas
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

1. In a large bowl, combine the blackeyed peas, green pepper, celery, and both onions.

2. In a small bowl, combine the oil, sugar, vinegar, garlic, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce. Pour the dressing over the beans. Toss. Let stand overnight for the flavors to meld.

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Lisa R.
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So Very Much More Than a Cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
To be completely honest, I haven''t read all of Mrs. Woods'' narratives, but I did live very near Hemingway, S.C. for nearly two decades. I left at the end of 2016. I''ve read criticisms in some reviews regarding Mrs. Woods'' including her personal life and I would like to say... See more
To be completely honest, I haven''t read all of Mrs. Woods'' narratives, but I did live very near Hemingway, S.C. for nearly two decades. I left at the end of 2016. I''ve read criticisms in some reviews regarding Mrs. Woods'' including her personal life and I would like to say something. Please understand you are privileged to be given a glimpse into the life of someone who overcame tremendous odds. As a white woman, I lived a few miles from Hemingway at the beginning of this century and watched a white man put money on the counter in a store and tell the black cashier, a lovely young woman, to put his change in the counter, because he didn''t want to touch her hand. I was dumbfounded and stunned into silence. I''ve regretted not ripping into him, but what good would it have done? Sadly, this stupidity isn''t limited to the South. I moved to Minnesota in 1989. Looking for a place to live, I called numbers in the local paper with places for rent, but they said they had been rented. The same places appeared week after week. Finally someone at work told me I needed a real estate agent, because my Southern accent made me sound black and no one would rent to me until they saw my white face. What Mrs. Woods'' narratives reveals to us may actually be more valuable than the recipes. She overcame so much more than most of us will ever be able to comprehend. If you don''t find value in her stories, I''m sorry. Her''s aren''t as preachy as mine.

As for her recipes, some have criticized a few of them for their simplicity, but they are true to the region and are good eating. Poor people, me included, have eaten venison, squirrel, rabbit, etc and were happy to have it. As for the things I can now thankfully afford, the food sounds really good. Others have recommended Sweetie Pie''s Cookbook, but I think Dora Charles'' cookbook is better. She managed Paula''s Deen''s restaurant in Savannah for 20 years. I have cookbooks from all three - Sweetie Pie, Dora Charles and Paula Deen. Ms Charles is the ONLY one I don''t tweak and she cooks circles around Paula Deen.
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Louise Johnson
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This is mostly a biography less of a cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
I was totally disappointed with this book! I wanted a soul food cookbook, not a biography. The first 67 pages is her life story, "from rags to riches". When one wants to cook who cares where you came from. Maybe a little nostalgia to set the ambience, but your life... See more
I was totally disappointed with this book! I wanted a soul food cookbook, not a biography. The first 67 pages is her life story, "from rags to riches". When one wants to cook who cares where you came from. Maybe a little nostalgia to set the ambience, but your life story in a cookbook? REALLY!!!!!! THIS HAS BEEN A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY!
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Andrea
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but they worked together as a team to make a better life for all of the children in our family
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2015
Ms. Sylvia''s story reminds me of Mother Ruby, my grandmother (who was borne in 1910), her mother, Big Momma, and her 2 sisters, Aunt Peaches, and Aunt Flora stories about moving from Boley, Oklahoma to California. They had so many trials and tribulations, but they worked... See more
Ms. Sylvia''s story reminds me of Mother Ruby, my grandmother (who was borne in 1910), her mother, Big Momma, and her 2 sisters, Aunt Peaches, and Aunt Flora stories about moving from Boley, Oklahoma to California. They had so many trials and tribulations, but they worked together as a team to make a better life for all of the children in our family. It was wonderful to read the history of this family.

I learned to soul food from my grandmother, Mother Ruby and Nana Elsie, but I just tried out Sylvia''s Steamin Cornbread and it was a hit. I did not have to modify the recipe and plan on making one recipe a week until I have tried all of the wonderful recipes. In case you were wondering which recipes are in this book I have listed them below:

Chicken Soup
Beef Vegetable Soup
Creamy Zucchini Soup
You Can''t Eat just One Snackin Crackers
Ruby Love''s Pickled Okra
Venice''s Sliced Cucumber Pickles
Barbecued Chicken
Roast Chicken
Van''s Garlic Chicken
The Absolute Best Southern Chicken
Modestine''s Peachy Chicken
Bedelia''s Special Oven Fried Chicken
Bedelia''s Dijion Grilled Chicken
Chicken and Rice Perlow
Herbal Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken Livers
Sylvia''s Special Roasted Turkey
Sweet and Sour Sassy Turkey Wings
Tender Stewed Chicken Gizzards
Tender Pot Roast
Frances'' Minute Steak and Gravy
Southern Style Beef Stew
Chili from the A & J
Barbecued Beef Short Ribs
Wednesday Night Special Meat Loaf
Black Bean and Oxtail Stew
Chopped Barbecue Pork
Daughter in Law''s Sylvia''s Barbecued Pork Chops
Marinated Pork Roast
Smothered Pork Chops
Nan''s Extra Special Marinated Spareribs
Sallie Brown''s Beautiful Glazed Ham
Modestine''s Sausage and Grits Pie
Baked Ham Supreme
White Bean and Sausage Stew
Holiday Chitlins
Evelyn''s Pig Feet
Hog''s Head Cheese
Dolly''s Barbecued Venison
Fried Rabbit Hash
Dolly''s Delicious Coon
Crispy Roast Duck with Apple and Raisin Sauce
Bert''s Catfish Stew
Fried Fish
Crawfish Casserole
Sweet and Sour Baked Fish
Kenneth''s Honey Lemon Tilefish
Kenneth''s It''s Worth the Struggle Bake Trout
Rise and Shine Salmon and Bacon with Grits
Salmon Cakes
Tuna Croquettes
Annette''s Quick Shrimp and Rice
Seriously Spicy Shrimp Stew
Crab and Corn Boil
Crab Salad Delight
Odessa Dorsey''s Coleslaw
Tina''s Famous Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Colorful Corn Salad
Bedelia''s Vidalia Dressed Garden Salad
Sylvia''s Chicken Salad
Garlic and Herb Mash Potatoes
Creamy Ham and Potato Scallop
String Beans with New Potatoes
Pinto Beans and Gravy
Candy Yams Souffle
Golden Fried Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Bedelia''s Southern Stuffed Mushrooms
Stewed Tomatoes and Okra
Crizette''s Garlic Fried Okra
Country Style Cabbage
Sylvia''s Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey
Frances'' Old Fashion Collard Greens
Country Style Mixed Greens and Turnips
Coute''s Eggplant Parmesan
Herbert''s Hot as You Like It Fried Corn
Herbert''s Honey Grilled Yellow Squash
Cassandra''s Zucchini Pie
Butter Beans and Okra
Lima Bean Casserole
Ruth''s Easy Corn Cakes
Old Fashions Corn Dumplings
Crizette''s Crispy Corn Fritters
Hush Puppies
Bedelia''s Sassy Rice
Vanessa''s Tomato Red Rice
Beefy Rice with Onions
Broccoli, Macaroni, and Cheese Casserole
Golden Brown Macaroni and Cheese
Old Fashioned T Cake Biscuits
Frances'' Lily White Biscuits
Dorothea''s Rise and Shine Flapjacks
Blueberry Muffins
Sylvia''s Steamin Cornbread
Crackling Cornbread
Cornbread Stuffing
Sweet Potato Pudding Bread
Peach Cobbler
Southern Bread Pudding
Creamy Banana Pudding
Mama''s Sweet Potato Poon
Creamy Pear Pie
Pear Preserves Pie
Spicy Preserved Pears
Sweet and Lovely Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Vanessa''s Apple Pie
Southern Coconut Custard Pie
Vernell Bishop''s Luscious Cheesecake
Banana Pound Cake
Sour Cream Pound Cake
Raisin Pound Cake
Luscious Lemony Pound Cake
Marbled Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Coconut Pineapple Cake
Coconut Layer Cake
Rainbow Jelly Cake
Fudge Frosted Six Layer Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Pineapple Nut Cake
Chocolate Eclair Cake
Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Thomas Cooper''s Renowned Lemonade

Sylvia''s Family Soul Food Cookbook is a great cook book, but know these wonderful southern dishes were passed down from our great grandmother''s and grandmother''s kitchen with a lot of love they worked in the kitchen for 2 days to get everything ready for the holidays and special occasions.

All I can say is enjoy.................................
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Biker Bob
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Just as bad as her first book
Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
I''ve eaten at Sylvia''s years ago and her food was very good however she received well deserved condemnation after releasing her first book for not giving accurate recipes that could be made at home and taste like her own at the restaurant. She and her family attempted a... See more
I''ve eaten at Sylvia''s years ago and her food was very good however she received well deserved condemnation after releasing her first book for not giving accurate recipes that could be made at home and taste like her own at the restaurant. She and her family attempted a mea culpa with this book and arrogantly released another cook book with even more vague recipes. There are plenty of better books on the subject matter.
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sarah pringle
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Sylvia cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
What I like about this book are the stories included and the pictures. Cooking is not my thing. I did try the barbecue ribs, which didn''t turn out bad for a non-cook. I told one of my friends about the book and she said she would order it. She''s also from South Carolina as... See more
What I like about this book are the stories included and the pictures. Cooking is not my thing. I did try the barbecue ribs, which didn''t turn out bad for a non-cook. I told one of my friends about the book and she said she would order it. She''s also from South Carolina as well as my family members.
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april crawford
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Yummy
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
1.Excellent book. This book has made people think I know how to cook! And it will make people think you know how to cook too! Lol
2. The cornbread recipe alone is worth the entire book
3. I highly recommend this book
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Red Velvet Cake recipe
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2007
I have been searching for a tasty Red Velvet Cake recipe for a while now. I got the recipe from the Food Network website, and choose this one because I did not want to replicate Cakeman Raven''s cake. I am happy with my choice (i used it to make cupcakes). The cake was soft... See more
I have been searching for a tasty Red Velvet Cake recipe for a while now. I got the recipe from the Food Network website, and choose this one because I did not want to replicate Cakeman Raven''s cake. I am happy with my choice (i used it to make cupcakes). The cake was soft and moist on the inside with a slighty chewy outside. I followed the advice of one of the other posters and used 2 tablespoons of the cocoa powder. When I tasted the raw batter, it had a pleasant chocolate taste, but when I tasted the final cake, it was a little more subtle. Another adjustment that I made was to increase the amount of sugar in the recipe; I added an additional 1/2 c of sugar which bought out the chocolate flavor. I did not make the frosting because I already had a recipe that my friends and family liked.

Once I tasted the cake I came on Amazon and purchased the book.
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RochelleB
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Good comfort food!
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2015
I''m a young black woman who just moved on my own. I want to be able to make meals to impress and I feel like with the help of this cookbook I can definitely do that. People who are on some health kick might find something to complain about, but everything in moderation... See more
I''m a young black woman who just moved on my own. I want to be able to make meals to impress and I feel like with the help of this cookbook I can definitely do that. People who are on some health kick might find something to complain about, but everything in moderation folks. Some of the recipes are meals you can make any day of the week and they will be delicious.
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バービーが着ていたような服を着たSylviaの 写真から始まって、彼女のファミリーの歴史が本の前半を占めています。単に料理だけでなく、彼女が生きてきたアメリカをも覗くことができます。レシピは、これぞソールフードって感じですが、とても楽しめます。できれば、料理の写真がもっとあればよかったです。
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写真から始まって、彼女のファミリーの歴史が本の前半を占めています。単に料理だけでなく、彼女が生きてきたアメリカをも覗くことができます。レシピは、これぞソールフードって感じですが、とても楽しめます。できれば、料理の写真がもっとあればよかったです。
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2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online

2021 Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South online Carolina, To 2021 Harlem online