The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table

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 From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, a...

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Title:The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table
Author:Rick Bragg
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525588663
Format Type:Audio CD

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table Reviews

  • Cheri
    Apr 29, 2018
    ?It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most Not where you live, what you drive or the price tag on your clothes There's no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I've come to know So if you agree have a drink with me Raise you glasses for a toast To a little b...
  • Marcia
    May 25, 2018
    This is a book to visit and revisit. Lots of down-home wisdom and more cooking advice than you can imagine. The past is where we go when we are helpless; the past, no matter what the psychiatrists say, can?t really hurt you much more than it already has, not like the future, whic...
  • Sassa
    Nov 15, 2018
    I listened to this as an Audible book. I do not think you can get the full feel of this book without listening to Rick Bragg narrate. Bragg has done something we all should do; he has written family stories and remembrances that are so touching in their simplicity, frankness, reality...
  • Diane
    Oct 10, 2018
    This book was an absolute delight. Rick Bragg writes lovingly about his mother and her southern cooking and shares amazing stories about his wackadoo family. I listened to this book on audio, read by Bragg himself, and I highly recommend it. He has a charming narration and I found t...
  • Sue Em
    May 30, 2018
    Storytelling at its greatest. Each chapter limns the hardscrabble lives of his kin in Alabama through love and food with stories and recipes. A chapter or two each night was a perfect cap to my day. For lovers of Southern writing and Southern food. ...
  • Lori
    Mar 31, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jacki
    Jan 30, 2018
    <3 ...
  • Kate Schwarz
    Sep 08, 2018
    What a phenomenal book. There are so many things I loved about it, starting with the fact that the book is all about his mother, who lived a rather ordinary life compared to so many people. Yet her son, Rick Bragg, saw the extraordinary in all the little and big things she did. The way...
  • Grace
    Jul 18, 2018
    I lightly read this book and gave it four stars then ordered the audio. I finished listening yesterday just before arriving at a yearly camping trip at Gold Lake, CA. My friend met me at my car and I said I just finished the best book and burst into tears. I then said "it's a cook book...
  • Sharon
    Feb 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Debbie
    Aug 07, 2018
    I don?t think Weight Watchers is going to be endorsing Rick Bragg?s cookbook/memoir any time soon. You won?t find skim milk, egg whites, or fat-free anything in this cookbook. But what you will find is fresh food made the way my grandmothers used to cook. When I first opened th...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Oct 15, 2018
    I saw this on goodreads and instantly checked out the book and audio from my library, I was immediately smitten! As a native Californian southern cooking is like going to a foreign country, I will say the food is not my style, ever, but I loved hearing about his family history through ...
  • Julie Davis
    Jul 23, 2018
    I loved this book which is much more memoir than recipe collection. There is plenty of personality, old customs, and living through hard times in Rick Bragg's family tree. I am not one who likes stories of dysfunctional families and I appreciate that the dysfunctions are smoothed out o...
  • Marjorie Elwood
    Apr 11, 2018
    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...
  • Didi
    Jun 26, 2018
    Finished this with some difficulty because it was too long. I'd recommend that it be read over a short period of time. If it would have been 200 pages shorter it would have had more power. That being said it was an interesting read mixing family stories and simple classic southern reci...
  • Diane Ferbrache
    Mar 27, 2018
    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 t...
  • Sara Ray
    Jul 25, 2018
    After reading most of Rick Bragg?s books, I?ve become more and more in awe of his descriptions and characterization of his people. His use of language is unsurpassed by any modern American writer. Bragg presents his people and events with compassion and humor. What a gift! The Best...
  • Linda
    Jun 13, 2018
    Bragg is a delicious mix of Twain, Steinbeck, Faulkner, and Robert Frost. I especially love when he writes about his big southern family that frequently reminds me of my own grandparents and great aunts and uncles who grew up in the South. They brought many of the southern traditions a...
  • Martha Avans
    Mar 21, 2018
    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 som...
  • Gina
    Aug 20, 2018
    Dear Mr. Bragg, You made me cry during a story about hamburgers. You made laugh during a story about a beloved pet who gets run over by a truck when the occupants are late to an important fried chicken dinner. You made me hungry. I am left missing my grandparents and wanting desperat...
  • Susan Kendrick
    May 10, 2018
    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. ...
  • Diane Barnes
    May 12, 2018
    I don't know when I have ever enjoyed a book more. Just sheer pleasure every time I opened the covers. I read this one as my "bedtime book" for a couple of weeks and looked forward to the hour or so spent with Rick Bragg's people, as he likes to call them. Of course, it was a no-bra...
  • Susan
    Jun 05, 2018
    OMG, to ME, this is the best book in the world. I'm currently listening to the audio version, read by the author, and am on chapter 32. I have never had quite this experience with a book before, where I look forward to my daily 32-mile-each-way commute, just so I can keep listening! ...
  • Marty
    Feb 26, 2018
    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, ...
  • Koren
    Jun 28, 2018
    My favorite author. The only one I buy while they are still warm from the presses and keep to read again. I love this guy's family. The author tells about his grandmother and mother, who make old-fashioned southern cooking. These are not health conscious recipes. As a matter of fact, g...
  • Yaaresse
    Aug 13, 2018
    There are only two faults with this book. 1. You will gain 10 pounds reading it (and may need cholesterol meds just from reading the words "bacon fat" and "butter" so often). 2. He didn't include the recipe for crabapple jelly, which is perhaps the best thing my grandmother ever ma...
  • Gina
    Dec 08, 2018
    This book is more than just a memoir, more than a cookbook. It is about a family who have shared their secrets to feeding a lot of people on a nickle, who have passed down traditions along with their cooking, who took care of one another (even if they didn't like each other much someti...
  • Haley
    Aug 25, 2018
    I only allowed myself to read one chapter at a time because I did not want the book to come to an end. Bragg makes me want to devour foods that I would never want to try. How does he manage to make pig's feet sound delicious? I love that he writes about regular people in an unpretentio...
  • Amy Booth
    May 29, 2018
    This book brought back so many great memories of helping my Mamaw make biscuits(without a recipe, of course) and of sitting in the swing with my Nanny while she told me stories about ?back home?, never using anyone?s given name. Braggs is an excellent storyteller; I found myself ...
  • Wyndy
    Aug 01, 2018
    ?But since that day in her cold kitchen, I knew I had to convince her to let me write it all down, to capture not just the legend but the soul of her cooking for the generations to come, and translate into the twenty-first century the recipes that exist only in her mind, before we al...