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James Villas (1938–2018)

Autor(a) de The Glory of Southern Cooking

26+ Works 1,017 Membros 26 Críticas

About the Author

James Milton Villas was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 10, 1938. He received a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a doctorate in Romance languages and comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught French Romanticism at the University of mostrar mais Missouri and Rutgers University before switching careers. After several of his freelance articles were accepted by food and travel magazines, he was hired as an assistant editor at Esquire. He was the food and wine editor of Town & Country magazine from 1972 until 1999. He wrote 12 cookbooks including My Mother's Southern Kitchen: Recipes and Reminiscences, Pig: King of the Southern Table, and Southern Fried: More Than 150 Recipes for Crab Cakes, Fried Chicken, Hush Puppies, and More. He won four James Beard Awards for his prolific and tart commentary in books and magazines. He also wrote a memoir entitled Between Bites: Memoirs of a Hungry Hedonist and several novels including Dancing in the Lowcountry, Hungry for Happiness, and Love Dog. He died on August 17, 2018 at the age of 80. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por James Villas

The Glory of Southern Cooking (2007) 113 exemplares
Dancing In The Lowcountry (2008) 90 exemplares, 1 crítica
Pig: King of the Southern Table (2010) 66 exemplares
Between Bites: Memoirs of a Hungry Hedonist (2002) 54 exemplares, 2 críticas
American Taste (1982) 51 exemplares
Hungry for Happiness (2010) 40 exemplares, 15 críticas
From the Ground Up (2011) 33 exemplares, 2 críticas

Associated Works

Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares, 1 crítica
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares, 1 crítica
Food and Wine Best of the Best Cookbook Recipes 2001 Volume 4 (2001) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Gifts from the Christmas Kitchen (1984) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum




From the book jacket: Ella Dubose is a Southern lady of a certain age – an age at which memories of youth can rush in at every turn and overwhelm the present. But while Ella’s two younger children are concerned for her health and want to limit her independence, Ella – elegant, unconventional, and unrepentantly willful – has very different ideas. And she’s not about to be controlled by anyone, not when there are tasks she needs to complete and loose ends that must be tied. The first step is to leave her family and take a road trip back to the places where key chapters of her life unfolded.

My reactions
I was hoping for a charming, “old Southern lady” romp of a story. Instead, I got a tedious, repetitive meander that went nowhere. I have no idea why Villas included Goldie, Miss Ella’s companion, and especially have no idea why he chose to make her a Native American, other than to give some people an excuse to call her Squaw and Ella a reason to chastise them for that.

I did like all the references to the music of the ‘40s and ‘50s. I’ll give him an extra ½ star for that, though it wasn’t enough to save the book for me.
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BookConcierge | Oct 7, 2021 |
Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
James Villas has written over a dozen cookbooks and books about food, as well as writing in Town & Country, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Esquire. With such credentials, what in the world possessed him to write this dud? Although he’s a southerner, this book comes across as if written by someone who reviles the south. He didn’t miss a cliché.

From country music (did he choose to name certain ones because they sound funny to him? - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dwight Yoakam) and songs (Jesus Take the Wheel, Mama, Get the Hammer) to church hymns (by name).

From food that southerners cook - collards, okra and jalapeno cornbread, and snacks like Cheese-Its,

From roller derby, watching Paula Deen on tv, NASCAR, line dancing, to Dixie Stampede.

I found the tone of this book denigrating.
… (mais)
countrylife | 14 outras críticas | May 2, 2018 |
More than 150 recipes for crab cakes, fried chicken, hush puppies and more
jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |



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