southernAs an old New England Yankee now living in the Midwest, I am oddly attracted to the culture of the southern US – go figure. I fancy myself as a modern day Rhett Butler, the perfect southern gentleman who is a bit of a rascal but has all the charm in the world. To help me in this fantasy I have found a great primer: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen: Adventures in Cooking, Eating, and Living in the New South by Matt Moore

About A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen by Matt Moore: “Today, in addition to being chivalrous, honest, and generous, a Southern gentleman is socially connected, well-traveled, and has an appetite for life. In this part-cookbook and part-guidebook, Matt Moore embraces a fresh perspective on what it means to cook, eat, and live as a true Southern Gentleman in the 21st century. Moore takes readers on an entertaining walk through the life of a Southern gentleman using recipes for 150 distinctly simple Southern dishes for every meal of the day, plus tales from family and some well-known friends. Gorgeous full-color photography graces this culinary update on authentic Southern cuisine. Featured recipes include everything from Seafood Gumbo and Gameday Venison Chili to desserts like Grilled Georgia Peach Crisp and favorite cocktails like The Brown Derby and NOLA Sazerac.”

More than a cookbook (and there are some great recipes in here) A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen is also a handbook and guide to living a great life in the “New South” and anywhere else with a little imagination.

A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen by Matt Moore is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.