Do you love good, old-fashioned Southern country cooking? Do you still have recipes handed down from your Mama and Grandmother over the years? I certainly do. Many of the recipes I prepare today, my Mama prepared when I was a child growing up. I enjoy remembering days gone by and recalling childhood memories and cherishing my heritage and tradition.
Vera Guthrie and her sister, Phyllis Salmons, felt this way when they compiled the Vintage Vera Cookbook in 2010.
In the words of Phyllis and Vera: “Mama rarely referred to a recipe. As her health was failing, she took the time everyday just after breakfast to write recipes (the way she made the foods) in a composition book. We found this book after she died and her nursing assistant told us about her spending the time writing it. The penmanship was weak and not her usual beautiful handwriting. We knew it was just like her to never say a word about it but it was her way of preparing us so that we would know how to cook these dishes when she was gone.
After many discussions with the siblings, Vera came up with the idea of compiling a cookbook, indicating that certain dishes are in Mama’s memory and others were credited to Granny. There have not been that many books sold and we have only ordered the minimum required. We are very proud of it and the ones we have sold were priced primarily to cover the cost of printing and shipping.
This cookbook is very special to us — a trip down memory lane as we compiled it — and a culinary delight when we cook and reap the rewards. Through this cookbook, we feel closer to Mama and consider it a preservation of her love.”
The Vintage Vera Cookbook is 87 pages of documented recipes served by their Mama and Granny. In addition, there are recipes provided by aunts, cousins, and other friends.
If you are interested in purchasing this cookbook, you can contact Phyllis and Vera on their Facebook page, Vintage Vera. Until the 4th of July they are giving a significant portion of the current price ($25) to the tornado relief in Alabama from the April storms. After that, they plan to donate a portion of the sales to a local Winston-Salem non-profit called HERO (Horse Education Rescue Organization) — they take care of abandoned and/or mistreated horses and help find homes for those who can be rehabilitated. There is an article about HERO on the Notes Tab of Vintage Vera and also in The Foothills Times Magazine, now available in stores in and surrounding Winston-Salem. If you are not on Facebook, you can contact Phyllis Salmons at [email protected].
I have enjoyed this cookbook and many of the recipes are similar to my recipes. Recently, I made a recipe from the book for Bojangle’s Biscuits. I can’t pass up a recipe for biscuits if I have not tried it before. This recipe calls for confectioner’s sugar and was a new ingredient to me for biscuits. I loved the recipe and it was easy. I am including it in this review with a picture.