My favorite cookbook
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Growing up in Florida and Georgia caused me to appreciate the local and regional food and recipes. However, growing up male when and where and how I did precluded me from ever having to select, prepare, or cook those foods and dishes. The women did that. Along came the women's movement and other enlightening forces, and now I find that if I want a hoe cake or a pecan pie or pilau, it's up to me. I turn to Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1942). Even though she was a Northerner and an immigrant to Florida, she gathered the information about the kind of fare I grew up on, devised recipes, and compiled them into a wonderful book. – Bob Fulford, Tallahassee, Fla.