North Carolina Gift Books for Everyone on Your List

Which UNC Press books make the best North Carolina gifts? It’s a question I’m often asked—particularly around the holidays and when people start their vacation travels and want to bring along a thoughtful gift with a connection to their home state.

I’ve narrowed the field to the following bounty of books with a Tar Heel theme, connection, or written by a North Carolina author. With this list as your guide, you can be one of those people who have most of their holiday shopping done by Thanksgiving, which also happens to be the first night of Hannukah this year. Continue Reading North Carolina Gift Books for Everyone on Your List

Interview: Adrian Miller on Soul Food

The deep-fried delights, the rich repasts, and the sugary triumphs fall in line with the time-immemorial tendency to show off one’s best dishes to those outside one’s group. That celebration food is not meant to be the sum of the cuisine. Soul food has a strong tradition of making delectable dishes featuring vegetables and unprocessed ingredients. In fact, many of the celebrated and faddish “superfoods” that are good for your body—dark, leafy green vegetables and sweet potatoes, for example—have been soul food staples for centuries. Continue Reading Interview: Adrian Miller on Soul Food

Award-winning books from UNC Press (updated)

We are honored and delighted to share the news of some of our most recent award-winning books. Hope you’ll join us in congratulating these fine authors. And you may want to consider using some of these books in your classroom or kitchen. Click the cover images or book titles to go to the book page… Continue Reading Award-winning books from UNC Press (updated)

Cooking the Books: 12 Great Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

12 great reasons for taking a cooking class with UNC Press authors Sheri Castle and Sandra Gutierrez. Continue Reading Cooking the Books: 12 Great Reasons to Take a Cooking Class

Free Book Friday! The New Southern Garden Cookbook (autographed copy)

Tell us what garden fresh ingredient gets you through the winter. Comment by 4pm for chance to win a free copy of The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes, signed by author Sheri Castle. Continue Reading Free Book Friday! The New Southern Garden Cookbook (autographed copy)

Sheri Castle: Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Late Harvest Riesling Vinaigrette, Candied Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

A “take-notice” salad that will brighten up a special meal. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Pear & Pomegranate Salad with Late Harvest Riesling Vinaigrette, Candied Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

Sheri Castle: Winter Fruit Couscous Salad

A light, fresh Thanksgiving dish from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Recipe features pomegranate, persimmon, dried cranberries, and apple. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Winter Fruit Couscous Salad

Sheri Castle: Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce, recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook, by Sheri Castle. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash in Browned Butter, Sage, and Hazelnut Sauce

Sheri Castle: Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille

Sheri Castle’s recipe for Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille from The New Southern Garden Cookbook. Featuring veggies abundant at the height of summer: squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, herbs. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille

A Book to Please Every Palate

For the month of July, we’re shining the spotlight on all of our great foodways and cookbook titles here at UNC Press. We’re very excited about our forthcoming fall lineup that’s peppered with delightful foodie treats. Here’s a little amuse-bouche: Editor Stephen A. McLeod, with the help of staff members at Mount Vernon, brings us… Continue Reading A Book to Please Every Palate

Sheri Castle: Herbed Summer Squash and Pasta Salad with Crispy Chicken Thighs

The New Southern Garden Cookbook author Sheri Castle shares her recipe for Herbed Summer Squash and Pasta Salad with Crispy Chicken Thighs. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Herbed Summer Squash and Pasta Salad with Crispy Chicken Thighs

Sheri Castle: Strawberry Tiramisu Trifles

Recipe for Strawberry Tiramisu Trifles from Sheri Castle’s New Southern Garden Cookbook. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Strawberry Tiramisu Trifles

Listen: This Interview with Sheri Castle Will Make You Hungry

Sheri Castle, author of The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes, sat down for an audio interview to discuss the origins of her book and the ideas behind some of her (over 300!) recipes. She talks about some of its features and the… Continue Reading Listen: This Interview with Sheri Castle Will Make You Hungry

Asparagus in Crisp Ham with Lemony Deviled Eggs

Cookbook author Sheri Castle shares her monthly recipe: Asparagus in crisp ham with lemony deviled eggs. Continue Reading Asparagus in Crisp Ham with Lemony Deviled Eggs

Jump into Spring! Some great events coming up

If you’re in the Triangle over the next week, we’ve got so many great events lined up we can keep your dance card full! Book talk & Nature Walk with David Blevins and Michael P. Schafale Wild North Carolina: Discovering the Wonders of Our State’s Natural Communities Sunday, April 3, 2011 3:00 PM North Carolina… Continue Reading Jump into Spring! Some great events coming up

Sheri Castle: Creamy Baby Turnip Soup with Smoked Trout Butter

What to do with all those root vegetables at the winter farmers’ market?? Try this hearty March recipe from The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes, by Sheri Castle. Continue Reading Sheri Castle: Creamy Baby Turnip Soup with Smoked Trout Butter

Skillet Apples and Miracle Drop Biscuits

Two mouth-watering recipes that go great together – from Sheri Castle’s forthcoming book (coming in April!), The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers’ Markets, Roadside Stands, & CSA Farm Boxes. Continue Reading Skillet Apples and Miracle Drop Biscuits

Sheri Castle’s Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Today’s guest post is edible–Sheri Castle’s recipe for Italian sausage and tortellini soup!  It’s the perfect warm, hearty dish for these chilly months. This is the first in a monthly series of posts in which the author will share delicious, healthy recipes that utilize fresh, local ingredients from her new book, The New Southern Garden… Continue Reading Sheri Castle’s Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup