Since 1992, Chef John Currence’s City Grocery Restaurant Group has been the culinary epicenter of Oxford, Mississippi. The 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef oversees four restaurants that showcase different aspects of the southern food experience. From the home-cured bacon at Big Bad Breakfast to the fine French-inspired Southern fare at City Grocery, Chef Currence’s restaurants are where to eat in Oxford.
Chef John Currence would rather punch you in the mouth with his fantastic flavors than poke you in the eye with fancy presentation. In his first cookbook, Currence gives you 130 recipes organized by 10 different techniques, such as Boiling/Simmering, Slathering, Pickling/Canning, Roasting/Braising, Muddling/Stirring, Brining/Smoking, and Baking/Spinning, just to name a few. John’s fun-loving personality rings true throughout the book with his personal stories and history, and his one-of-a-kind recipes for Pickled Sweet Potatoes, Whole Grain Guinness Mustard, Deep South “Ramen” with a Fried Poached Egg, Rabbit Cacciatore, Smoked Endive, Fire-Roasted Cauliflower, and Kitchen Sink Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Each recipe has a song pairing with it and the complete list can be downloaded at spotify.com. Over 100 documentary-style color photographs by photographer Angie Mosier complete this stunning look at the South.
Pickles, Pigs, and Whiskey is at once irreverent, and at the same time a serious look at Southern food today. John’s upbringing in New Orleans, time spent in his grandparent’s garden, experience living in Western Europe, and schooling along the Eastern Seaboard all inform this volume of recipes that reflects where today’s Southern culinary landscape is going. This book illustrates why Southern food is finally recognized as the driving force in the American culinary movement today.