Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Basic to Brilliant Y'all: A Review


Title:         Basic to Brilliant Y’all


Author:     Virginia Willis


Publisher: Ten Speed Press


Pub. Date: September 27, 2011



Publisher's Synopsis:  A follow-up to the author’s acclaimed Bon Appétit, Y’all, featuring 150 recipes that combine Southern flavors with time-honored French technique, and include a sophisticated variation that kicks each dish up a notch to make it brilliant. Virginia Willis has a knack for giving French recipes a down home Southern feel. In Basic to Brilliant, Y’all, she builds on her signature style by offering 150 dual recipes: a soul-satisfying basic recipe accompanied by a technique, garnish, additional step, or short recipe that transforms a wonderful dish into a show stopper. A weeknight classic like Mama’s Chicken Pot Pie becomes sophisticated dinner party fare when it’s baked in a winter squash, and Old Fashioned Stove Top Low-Country Broth can be transformed into a Bouillabaisse-style broth with just a few simple changes. Throughout the book, Virginia paints a vivid picture of her Southern upbringing, drawing readers in with her vibrant tales of food and friends.


My Thoughts:  Virginia Willis is like a merge of Julia Child and Paula Deen.  I do admit that some of her recipes were a little too involved for this mom of six and not all recipes were “kid friendly” but I found some recipes that I really want to try and I believe some will become new staple recipes to my kitchen. 


In Basic to Brilliant, Willis shares foundations for the preparation of basic stocks, homemade mayonnaise, dressings, piecrusts, 150 recipes in all.  My first to try include: Summer Squash Slaw, Summer Tomato Salad, Mom’s Macaroni Salad, Tarragon Egg Salad, Mama’s Barbeque Sauce, Skillet and Michele’s Quick and Easy Fudge!


Helene Dujardin’s beautiful photographs really add elegance to this book.


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from  NetGalley. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.




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