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Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South Carolina, To Harlem

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Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both her mother and her grandmother -- the town's only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shar Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both her mother and her grandmother -- the town's only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shared its food and recipes. When Sylvia set out to write this cookbook, she decided to hold a cook-off back home in Hemingway at Jeremiah Church. Family and friends of all ages shared their favorite dishes as well as their spirit and love for one another. The recipes offered at the cook-off were then compiled to create this incredible collection, along with many of Sylvia's and the Woods family's own recipes.Here are the kinds of recipes you'd find if you visited the Woods family's home. Sylvia's daughter Bedelia is well known for her Barbecued Beef Short Ribs, which are as sassy and spicy as Bedelia herself. Kenneth, Sylvia's youngest son, has loved to fish ever since he was a child, spending his summers by the fishing hole in Hemingway. Now Kenneth's son, DeSean, enjoys fishing, too. Kenneth's Honey Lemon Tilefish, DeSean's favorite, is just one of Kenneth's special recipes presented here. And there are many, many other wonderful dishes, too. In this remarkable cookbook, Sylvia has gathered more than 125 soul food classics, including mouthwatering recipes for okra, collard greens, Southern-style pound cakes, hearty meat and seafood stews and casseroles, salads, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more. These recipes are straight from the heart of the Woods community of family and friends. Now Sylvia gives them to you to share with your loved ones. Bring them into your home and experience a little bit of Hemingway's soul.


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Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both her mother and her grandmother -- the town's only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shar Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook begins as Sylvia recalls her childhood, when she lived with both her mother and her grandmother -- the town's only midwives. The entire community of Hemingway, South Carolina, shared responsibilities, helped raise all of the children, and worked side by side together every day in the bean fields. Perhaps most important, the community shared its food and recipes. When Sylvia set out to write this cookbook, she decided to hold a cook-off back home in Hemingway at Jeremiah Church. Family and friends of all ages shared their favorite dishes as well as their spirit and love for one another. The recipes offered at the cook-off were then compiled to create this incredible collection, along with many of Sylvia's and the Woods family's own recipes.Here are the kinds of recipes you'd find if you visited the Woods family's home. Sylvia's daughter Bedelia is well known for her Barbecued Beef Short Ribs, which are as sassy and spicy as Bedelia herself. Kenneth, Sylvia's youngest son, has loved to fish ever since he was a child, spending his summers by the fishing hole in Hemingway. Now Kenneth's son, DeSean, enjoys fishing, too. Kenneth's Honey Lemon Tilefish, DeSean's favorite, is just one of Kenneth's special recipes presented here. And there are many, many other wonderful dishes, too. In this remarkable cookbook, Sylvia has gathered more than 125 soul food classics, including mouthwatering recipes for okra, collard greens, Southern-style pound cakes, hearty meat and seafood stews and casseroles, salads, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more. These recipes are straight from the heart of the Woods community of family and friends. Now Sylvia gives them to you to share with your loved ones. Bring them into your home and experience a little bit of Hemingway's soul.

30 review for Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: From Hemingway, South Carolina, To Harlem

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    not only is this a great cookbook for you soul food fans, it's also a nice little biography. not only is this a great cookbook for you soul food fans, it's also a nice little biography.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Not only are there some good recipes in this book, the story is so interesting. From growing in a small community in South Carolina to being the owner of a well known restaurant in New York City/Harlem. Very enjoyable read

  3. 5 out of 5

    P C

    I am not a great cook but the dishes I did try to make were well received by my picky eaters. I consider that a small miracle. Also it provided a window into someone's history that is uplifting to read. I am not a great cook but the dishes I did try to make were well received by my picky eaters. I consider that a small miracle. Also it provided a window into someone's history that is uplifting to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michele Ongele Phillips

    Use recipes for holiday dinners

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tatjana

    It's good to know that I've been cooking like this for years. This book has wonderful stories about Miss Sylvia and her family. Each recipe has a story. I'ts kind of like learning to cook from an auntie who is telling stories as she shows you how to do it. Of course, you have to like this kind of food. I was drooling all the way through! It's good to know that I've been cooking like this for years. This book has wonderful stories about Miss Sylvia and her family. Each recipe has a story. I'ts kind of like learning to cook from an auntie who is telling stories as she shows you how to do it. Of course, you have to like this kind of food. I was drooling all the way through!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arlena

    This book tells of Sylvia's amazing rag to riches life story for the first time, from her childhood in Hemingway, South Carolina, to the opening of her new world famous restaurant, Sylvia's restaurant, in Harlem. This book tells of Sylvia's amazing rag to riches life story for the first time, from her childhood in Hemingway, South Carolina, to the opening of her new world famous restaurant, Sylvia's restaurant, in Harlem.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marion Simmons

    This is an interesting book. It has great recipes but also tells the story of a hard working and determine lady and her family. I enjoyed reading the book and enjoy the recipes as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tamiko

    How to cook rice(LOL)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    One of the BEST cookbooks ever! I "lost" my first copy. Had to replace it gladly! One of the BEST cookbooks ever! I "lost" my first copy. Had to replace it gladly!

  10. 4 out of 5

    KARMA

    Great book overall! You will love the cornbread, however use 1/4 sugar when making dressing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marleene

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Deborah f Tweten

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jem43

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    Lalalee

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Patti

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

  22. 5 out of 5

    BERNARD K. HART

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhondal Kirk

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Paige

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Rldsr12

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathleen Macafity

  28. 5 out of 5

    Venerian Vance

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Nammo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

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