Kate Dyer is a Yankee, Boston-born and bred. She’s a lawyer by trade, on the wrong side of fifty, blunt, irreverent, and opinionated. She’s what Southerners might colorfully call “contrary.” Through an uninteresting twist of events, she’s built a new life south of the Mason-Dixon Line—and she’s having the time of her life doing it! As any successful lawyer must be, she’s also a keen and astute observer of the human species. That makes her a bit of an amateur anthropologist who is eager to share her tongue-in-cheek observations. Here, to help fellow Yankees who share her newfound love of the South, she shares her best tips for fitting in with the locals. And for all those Southerners who just can’t figure out those Yankees who have moved in, she’s got a few tips as well.
She offers some tongue-in-cheek guidance in how to decode regional vocabulary from both sides. And as an ingenious Yankee, she has a lot to say about good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity. You’ll also enjoy a culinary passport to the flavors of her childhood in Boston as well as her adopted Tennessee home, with dozens of recipes that showcase—and celebrate—the flavors of each region.
A Taste of the North (or, A Little Yankee Home Cooking)
Classic Crab Cakes
New England Clam Chowder
Fancy-Schmancy Baked Chicken in Wine Sauce
Linguini with Artichoke Hearts and Prosciutto
A Taste of the South (Or, How a Yankee Learned to Cook Like Y’all)
Southern Fried Chicken
Collard Greens for New Year’s Day
Oh-So-Southern White Beans
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Southern Biscuits
Proper Southern Grits
So no matter what side of the “border” you call home, there’s something here to amuse, enlighten, and enjoy.
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Published January 9, 2013
Cooking, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment.