“The Junior League Of Monroe, Inc. Presents Our Favorite Recipes ~ The Cotton Country Collection” cookbook. Compiled by the Junior League of Monroe, Louisiana and originally published in 1972, this is a seventeenth printing from July of 1996, so stated. The cookbook is a plastic-comb spiral bound hard cover measuring 6½ x 9 inches with 492 pages. It is in good used condition with slight wear to the covers, the pages are clean and unmarked except for a couple that have a lot of stains, it looks like the recipes on them were well-loved and cooked often, with food spattering over the pages.
Containing 1,100 recipes, The Cotton Country Collection is a classic among southern cookbooks. It has been listed by USA Today as one of the top five regional cookbooks in the United States, it is one of the most comprehensive cookbooks found anywhere, containing triple-tested recipes from Louisiana’s legendary kitchens. This book truly takes you back in time, and exudes “Old South” hospitality throughout, reminding one of grandmother’s kitchen. Many of the recipes are staples, while others are gems you won’t find anywhere else (i.e., Mrs. Don Irby’s “seafood crepe pie” or George Smellings’s pages-long discussion of game meats). What’s more, there is something here for every occasion: dinner parties, casual luncheons, summer suppers, and plenty of those spur-of-the-moment snacks and treats. In addition, the little illustrations and watercolor prints are charming works of art. The cookbook has been inducted into the McIlhenny Hall of Fame, an award given for book sales that exceed 100,000 copies. All contributors are named.
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