Best Southern Home Cooking
Southern Home Cooking is
defined as the regional culinary form of states generally south of
the Mason-Dixon Line westerly to the state of Texas. This
cuisine manifests influences from traditions of various indigenous
peoples and settlers that have inhabited this region of the USA.
Includes: Cajun and Creole
cooking, Low country cooking, and Appalachian Mountain
The most notable influences come from British,
Scots-Irish, French, Native American, African American , and to a
lesser extent Spanish cuisines. Soul food, Creole, Cajun,
Lowcountry, and Floribbean are examples of Southern cuisine. In
recent history, elements of Southern cuisine have spread north,
having an effect on the development of other types of American
Many items such as squash, tomatoes, corn (and
its derivatives, including grits), as well as the practice of deep
pit barbecuing were inherited from the southeastern Native
American tribes such as the Caddo, Choctaw, and Seminole.
Many foods associated with sugar, flour, milk,
eggs (many kinds of baking or dairy products such as breads and
cheeses) are more associated with Europe. The South's propensity
for a full breakfast (as opposed to a Continental one with a
simple bread item and drink) is derived from the British fry up,
although it was altered substantially.
Much of Cajun or Creole cuisine is based on
France, and on Spain to a lesser extent. Floribbean is more
Spanish-based with obvious Caribbean influences, while Tex-Mex has
considerable Mexican and native tribes touches.