Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly

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Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly: Recipes from Southern Appalachia is a charming cookbook, just like its whimsical name implies.

When author Joan Allen moved to southern Appalachia she fell in love with the area, the people and the food.

That love shines through every page of this cookbook.

Featuring more than 150 recipes for down-home, soul-satisfying dishes, Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly is more than just a cookbook.

It is filled with passages on the history, places, and people of southern Appalachia, along with lush full-color photography of the food and scenery of the southern Appalachian Mountains.

It is almost like getting your own guided tour of the local lore, traditions, and culture of this uniquely American region.

I often say, as I review these wonderful cookbooks that are sent to me, that there are few bad cookbooks. You simply have to determine which ones suit you best.

Well this cookbook is especially wonderful for anyone who wants to know more about southern cooking and also learn a bit about the Appalachian region.

This cookbook really celebrates the southern Appalachian food that has sustained mountain folk past and present.
Here is a sample of some of the tempting recipes you will find in Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly: Recipes from Southern Appalachia:

  • Baked Catfish with Pecans and Spicy Butter Sauce
  • Fry Bread
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Tea and Ginger
  • Mushrooms Stuffed with Rice and Greens
  • Old-Fashioned Root Beer
  • Hushpuppies
  • Sausage and Corn Bread Dressing
  • Burgoo
  • Party Ham
  • Southern Butter-Crusted Chicken
  • Cherry Berry Blondies
  • Cornmeal Cookies
  • Cranberry Cream Pie

We have been given permission to share three recipes from this cookbook on the site. Have a look at:


Tea Cakes
Orange Flower Tea Cakes

Corn Salad
Corn Relish Salad

Breakfast Muffins
I Love Bacon Muffins

A bit about the author, Joan Aller:

When the California native moved to the mountains of east Tennessee, Joan immediately felt like she had come home. Since moving there, she has dedicated herself to preserving the beauty, culture, and traditions of the region through her photography, painting, and writing, and by collecting the best recipes southern Appalachia has to offer.
Here is what some other reviewers are saying about Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly: Recipes from Southern Appalachia:

With authenticity, and with great love for the traditions of the area, Aller offers recipes that speak of tradition, as well as newer recipes in the ever-changing landscape of cuisine. –In Mamas Kitchen, May 24, 2010

As soon as I opened Cider Beans, Wild Greens and Dandelion Jelly Recipes of Southern Appalachia by Joan Aller I knew it was full of recipes that I had to cook this summer. … And make no mistake; these recipes are a chef’s take on country food. Aller’s recipes are fine-tuned with a simple elegance. –DolceDolce, May 21, 2010

Fortunately, for all foodies and lovers of hearty food that feeds both body and soul, Joan Aller unearths a mother lode of southern Appalachian sustenance for “Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly: Recipes from Southern Appalachia”. –Appalachain News, May 19, 2010

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