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Publisher's Summary

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, 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 to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits, and butter rolls. The irresistible stories in this audiobook are of long memory - many of them predate the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. 
In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else. 
©2018 Rick Bragg (P)2018 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Wonderful, rollicking, poignant, sometimes hilarious tales about how generations of Bragg’s extended family survived from one meal to the next." (USA Today)
"This book is a tribute, a monument, to his mother and her people, captured here in solid recipes for good food...All the stories in this book... gleam with a special luster; they’ve been polished by time, and no one is meant to get hung up on the details." (The Wall Street Journal)
"A beautifully written memoir... For readers who crave soul with their recipes this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast escaping." (Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy L. Jones on 04-29-18

Rick Bragg Never Disappoints

I loved every word. These recipes remind me so much of my great grandmother, from whom I learned to cook with love. Thank you, Mr. Bragg, for sharing your family recipes with all of us.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Rosehips, TX on 05-03-18

Just a recipe book? Hardly. Wake the hell-o up!

Rick Bragg is a voice not only from the past, but through his recipes he relates a wondrous story of growing up to his present. He learns about a grandfather who died before he was born and a mother in her last years before she passes. I can not remember the times I chuckled, until I laughed then laughed so had I cried. His recipes made my mouth water to the point I wanted to find him and slap his face silly,as I smelled the juicy,creamy,crispy,crusty descriptions of the tasty delicacices. Peppered throughtout is his family members. Rick, would you adopt me? I've read all of you books. Honory family member, maybe? Anyway it's not my place to tell you his story. Read it for yourself, and for a few hours become a member of the Bragg family.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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