The Best Cook in the World - Rick Bragg

The Best Cook in the World

By Rick Bragg

  • Release Date: 2018-04-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings



From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.


  • Wonderful, Simply Wonderful

    By Zinguy
    There are books that you read because of the adventure and ones that make you want to be one of the dashing characters. Some you read for inspiration and others simply for the author’s eloquent prose. For me, Rick Bragg transcends all of these. When he writes about “his people” it conjures up memories of my own. Memories of poached eggs and toast with my great grandmother, sauerkraut curing in a crock on the kitchen counter and fat, floppy eared, rabbits that were raised not as pets but for the table. It reminded me of turkeys and geese corn fed by my grandfather and expertly cooked by my grandmother for our thanksgiving and Christmas family feasts. Memories of a kitchen table sagging under the weight of home baked cookies, pies, and cakes, all masterfully baked by my mom, her sisters, my grandmother, great grandmother and great aunts. I was blessed to grow up with three generations of woman who might also qualify as the greatest cooks in the world. This book brought back memories of all of them. I have rarely ran across a more satisfying read.