White Trash Cooking
(Ernest Matthew Mickler)
Hoppin' John, Limpin' Susan, Soda Cracker Pie, and Kiss-Me-Not Sandwiches are just a few of the tantalizing recipes you will find in White Trash Cooking. For those readers of cookbooks and lovers of the unique and unusual, White Trash Cooking will fulfill your dreams. This book contains the cooking of the real people of the Southern United States. It evokes scenes of hot summer days eating Watermelon on the front porch with a salt shaker and bare feet on old linoleum kitchen floors. This is a world alien to natural food stores and lean cuisine. This is a world where a pot of Pinto Beans and some hot cornbread are a meal; where sweet tea is a staple of everyday life. This is a time and place where no one is worried about Trans Fats or Carbs or eliminating refined sugar consumption. This is the land of boiled peanuts and Aunt Donnah's Roast Possum.
In the middle section of this gorgeous cookbook are color photos of things like an open White Trash refrigerator, a wood stove, and a road sign pointing to Hot Coffee, Mississippi.
In the Intro the author, Ernest Matthew Mickler explains to the uninitiated that there is a distinction between white trash and White Trash; the lower case indicating a lower status socially than the upper case. Apparently if you are designated as White Trash you have arrived.
You haven't really had breakfast until you have had an Okra Omelet or biscuits and gravy. Lunch might consist of Netty Irene's Macaroni and Cheese or Potato Chip Sandwich.
For supper let's get goin' with Dana Pullen's Chicken Feet and Rice, Snap Beans, and Bonnie Jean Butt's Banana Puddin. If you are low on food you might try Pore Folk's Soup.
Chitlin's are always interesting for those with adventurous palettes.
I warn you-you can get lost in this world. You can forget all about business lunches, fundraising banquets, and that appointment at the gym. Splenda will be a word that drops right out of your vocabulary. Whether you were raised in the South of the White Trash world or you are just being introduced to it, I think you will fall in love. At the very least, you will have something interesting to open with at cocktail parties. Or maybe you want to just leave the party and head for the Catfish hole right away and never return. Hurry up before the truck runs outta gas.