Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking with Robert Netherland

Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking by Robert Netherland

Robert Netherland will share his interpretation of southern cooking in the Appalachian mountains on Wednesday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Family Room (421) in Belk Library and Information Commons during a library sponsored author talk.

Robert Netherland grew up on his family’s farm in Surgoinsville, Tennessee on a bend in the Holston River. Netherland’s book, which is part family memoir, part cookbook, takes the reader through great southern cooking from the farm to the table. Netherland shares his memories of life on a farm which included harvesting, killing hogs, canning, family dinners, and community celebrations. His family recipes and his engaging story-telling encourage his readers to head to the farmers market to recreate and remember a time gone by.

In an online commentary of the book, the reviewer writes, “In sharing his experiences, Netherland reminds us of a time when prepackaged and plastic-wrapped food didn’t line our counters and fill our cabinets, but in its place were baskets of seasonal fruit, canned vegetables, fresh baked breads, and hot-from-the-oven cobblers. Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking is more than just a nostalgic memoir of farming and food, it’s also filled with healthy, simple, everyday eats for the modern cook.”

Special refreshments made from recipes in the book will be served. Come join us to sample some of his mother’s deviled eggs, old fashioned molasses cookies, and warm memories of the delicious southern food he grew up on. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Free parking in the library deck. For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

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