Got Fred Thompson's "Southern Sides" for Christmas. I asked for it, based on a positive New York Times review. But the title turns out to be misleading, except that Thompson is a southerner. Leeks vinaigrette? Parmesan-crusted edamame? Quinoa and scallion southern pancake? That's not what I'd call southern cooking, it's Thompson's personal take on fusion cookery with a barely perceptible southern accent. And he keeps asking for ingredients that I can't get.
I'm looking for a cookbook with which I can make some of the dishes that my grandma's black cook served us when I was a kid, especially side dishes. Not soul food, and not regional like cajun or creole, unless there's a cuisine from southwest Virginia; I like both of the above but have cookbooks for them already. And definitely not Paula Deen. :-)
I see that Southern Living has published several cookbooks, most recently "1,001 Ways to Cook Southern." They aren't in my local bookstore and I wouldn't know how to choose among them. Or are there better choices? Help, please!