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The Cornbread Book: A Love Story with Recipes
Published: March 25, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
The author of the novel Life at These Speeds turns his attention-gleefully and surprisingly-to cornbread in a quirky cookbook that boasts delicious recipes and a nice bite of cornbread history. After an introduction in which he
proclaims that cornbread should be the country's official bread (new U.S. citizens should get a piece of it after the swearing-in) and unofficial bread, too (it ought to be on all fast-food menus), Jackson offers a brief account of the foodstuff's place
in America's past. Interesting tidbits abound: archeo-botanists think it was popcorn that clued people into corn's edibility some 7,000 years ago; corn is both grain and a vegetable; and in 1917, a cookbook suggested that bleary-eyed early risers make
"1917 War Coffee," in which molasses-coated toasted corn was supposed to stand in for ground coffee. Jackson's recipes include both basic (Sweet Cornbread is cakey and rich) and highly inventive (Popcorn Focaccia is excellent, and involves Jackson's own
method of milling flour from popcorn) breads. Other treats include Caramel Corncake, classic Griddlecakes, Crinkle-Top Sugar Cookies and Honey Snail, a sweet yeast bread Jackson says can be eaten so many ways that it's "pure breakfast anarchy." Humble
cornbread has found an impassioned champion and a creative baker in Jackson.
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About the Author
Though I was born in Ohio, I grew up with my family on a farm in the Ozark borderlands of
Missouri.We raised cattle and hay and had a garden the size of Texas.At various times we had horses, cattle, a pig, sheep, chickens, ducks, and a pony.We ate a lot of these animals, but not the pony.We also had wild blackberries and persimmons and
walnuts on our farm.And a pear tree.And we caught fish in our ponds.We ate some of them, too.
For some crazy reason, I headed off to Vassar College, thinking that... read more
Jeremy Jackson has four goals:
Make cornbread one word. Once and for all.
Have cornbread named the official bread of the United States.
Find a wife.
Think outside the box of cornmeal about the Possibilities, potentialities, and promises of
Cornbread is the American bread. The by-the-people-for-the-people bread. So it should be put forth to the people with humor. And a whole lot of butter.
The Cornbread Book does just that with recipes for cornbreads, fritters,
hush puppies, and biscuits. Cornbreads of the sweet persuasion appear, too, from biscotti to pound cake. And there are yeast breads such as Anadama Batter Bread and Cornmeal Pizza Dough. Don't forget timeless favorites like spoonbread, buttermilk
cornbread, and popovers. Not to mention Gospel Buns, Sweet Potato Cupcakes, and Honey Snail (which doesn't come within ten miles of an actual snail).
Cornbread doesn't even have to be made with cornmeal. Hominy-Leek Monkey Bread has riced hominy.
And Jeremy is as proud as a peacock to have come up with three yeast breads made with flour he milled from popped popcorn (Popcorn White Loaf, Popcorn Pita Bread, and Popcorn Focaccia). In the unlikely event you have any leftover cornbread, Jeremy has
recipes for cornbread salad, croutons, and dressing.
And if you ever meet Jeremy, he might just sing you "The Cornbread Song" . . .
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