The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

The Best Cook in the World

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.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...

Details The Best Cook in the World

TitleThe Best Cook in the World
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherBooks on Tape
GenreFood and Drink, Cookbooks, Autobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, History, Biography Memoir

Reviews The Best Cook in the World

  • Cheri
    ”It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the mostNot where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothesThere's no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I've come to knowSo if you agree have a drink with meRaise you glasses for a toastTo a little bit of chicken fried“And cold beer on a Friday nightA pair of jeans that fit just rightAnd the radio upI like to see the sunriseSee the love in my woman's eyesFeel the touch...
  • Lori
    Rick Bragg relates family stories as he shares some of his mother's recipes. His mother, like most Southern cooks of that generation, did not follow recipes. She cooked by eyeballing things and getting the ratio correct based on practice. The family stories needed editing. They failed to draw me in, partly because of excess verbiage and lack of action verbs. Most recipes can be found in other Southern regional cookbooks. In the electronic advance...
  • Sharon
    I received this as an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and it’s my first book by Rick Bragg. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I already read a couple of his earlier books and been familiar with his family. The first half of the book moved around in time and left me uncertain if I was reading about Ava or Margaret since he didn’t use their names. And for that reason the second half of the book was far more enjoyable - I final...
  • Martha Avans
    Thanks to Netgalley for letting me read this early. This was the first Rick Bragg book I've read. And I can't wait to read more. Loved the inside look into this family by memories and recipes. Loved all the recipes, because I know they are family, shared over the years, just like some of my favorite recipes.
  • Marty
    I have put off writing a review of this book, because I have found it hard to find the right words. To say I loved it just does not portray the feelings I have for this memory of family and food. Except for a few regional differences, these are the recipes of my North Carolina family, and these are their experiences. Every photographs, with so many appearing to be made in those old carnival photo booths, touched my heart. I cried over turtle stew...
  • Jacki
  • Marjorie Elwood
    This started off promisingly, with fascinating stories about the author's family and life in the South, as well as mouth-watering recipes (butter rolls, buttermilk pie, real biscuits, deviled eggs). Unfortunately, it could have used some editing and tightening up as it dragged on a bit.
  • Diane Ferbrache
    OMG! I loved this book! From Rick Bragg's engaging and amazingly readable prose to his family's endearing, funny, and (sometimes) shocking stories to the wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try, this is a great book. Part memoir, part homage to his mother, this is a great addition to Bragg's story that began with All Over but the Shoutin'. His dysfunctional family has produced an amazing writer. Read this book AND try the recipes!Thank you, Ne...
  • Don
    I read an advanced reader copy, this book is out in March of 2018 I believe. Ricky Bragg is a true southern storyteller and this book blends his tales and stories of his family with generations of recipes. From fried chicken to roasted possum with sweet potatoes, it’s all here. It’s all funny, reverent and irreverent. My favorite stories revolved around Grandma Ava and Cousin Sis. The simple recipes for slaw or meatloaf or bbq sauce my favori...
  • Gloria
    Pulitzer-Prize winning Rick Bragg has a unique style that seems deceptively simple. It is heartwarming and endearing, but is also piercingly intelligent. The title suggests a sentimental attachment to his mother and her cooking which for many evokes wonderful memories. Yes, it is that, but this is so much more that just a journey down memory lane.Bragg captures the flavor of the Deep South primarily in the first half of the 20th century. He honor...
  • Susan Kendrick
    I don’t think this is a five star for everyone, but it is for me. It’s awfully long and a funny sort of hybrid cookbook and memoir. But I love the way that Rick Bragg writes, and if he wants to take his time and write a big fat book of memories and recipes, I’m ok with that. It doesn’t hurt that I’m from Alabama and feel a connection to the land and the tradition he describes, though perhaps his people would call me “rich folks”, be...
  • Barbara
    Southern cooking is way too heavy and full of fat for my taste but I still enjoyed this account of the author’s mother and grandmother through their food. There were quite a few recipes included but none that I would try.
  • Jen
    He is one of my favorites!