Cookin’ Up A Storm, Jane Lee Rankin
Cookin’ Up a Storm: The Life and Recipes of Annie Johnson, Jane Lee Rankin, 1st Edition 1998 • "Annie Johnson came into our lives when I was six weeks old. It was January of 1961 in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and everyone in the family except my father had chicken pox. It was a crisis that needed a quick solution, and Annie was the solution."
With those words, Jane Lee Rankin warmly welcomes readers into the world of Annie Johnson, the family cook, teacher, lifelong friend and African American woman who introduced the author to the world of traditional Southern cooking. The result is a double dose of pleasure.
"In Cookin’ Up A Storm, Jane Lee Rankin pays a loving tribute to Annie Johnson, the family cook, teacher, lifelong friend and African American woman who introduced the author to the world of traditional Southern cooking. Rankin shares with us their special relationship that brings new life to timeless, home-style recipes. Not only is Cookin’ Up A Storm an engaging read that heightens culinary awareness, each page offers wonderful life lessons from two unique women who exemplify cultural understanding, mutual respect, and deep affection."
The book is chock full of delicious versions of homemade favorites. Jane Lee Rankin applies her professional training to convert Annie’s ‘pinches of this’ and ‘dashes of that’ into easy-to-prepare classics. From fried apples, cinnamon rolls and corn pudding to stuffed green peppers, barbecue pork and a slew of homemade pies, Cookin’ Up A Storm serves up tried and true dishes made with love. A truly American original, Cookin’ Up A Storm will appeal to cooks looking for an authentic resource for classic Southern fare and enhance the daily lives of readers through this touching, personal story. Your table will be enriched, and you will emerge a richer person having shared the experience of Cookin’ Up A Storm.
New Revised Second Edition! • Grace Publishers independently published Cookin’ Up A Storm – The Life and Recipes of Annie Johnson in May of 1998 in hardcover. A limited number of First Edition copies are still available. The second edition, in paperback and a new color cover (pictured below), is available online. It features a new foreword by John Egerton, the story of the book and more of Annie’s life story.
"What a feast this book is. With infinite Grace Lee Rankin gifts us with her beloved Annie, her life and her food. This goes on the “keeper” shelf where in a few weeks it will be stained and splattered. Each recipe is a little siren’s song and I have no intention of resisting." ~ Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of public radio’s The Splendid Table®
"I highly recommend this cookbook. Cookin’ Up A Storm is a power full story about an unforgettable woman featuring classic Southern recipes. It is a must have for every cookbook collection." ~ Nathalie Dupree author of Southern Memories: Recipes and Reminiscences
"I’m a great admirer of this book. With compassion and warmth, Jane Lee Rankin pays homage to the fortitude and culinary mettle of a beautiful woman." ~ John T. Edge, author of Southern Belly: The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to the South, Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance
"Cookin’ Up a Storm preserves the marvelous wit and wisdom of a generous, loving old Southern cook and her very real Old South recipes—Buttermilk Pound Cake, Fried Chicken and Gravy, Chicken and Dumplin’s, and Sweet Potato Pie…dishes that you would have loved not just in your childhood, but would love in your life today. Now, with Annie’s recipes, you too can Cook up a storm." ~ Shirley Corriher, Food Styles, LA Times, Syndicate and author of Cookwise.
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